Whether Web services are supplied by third parties or custom services hosted on the same server as your Silverlight app, Silverlight can request data, consume the data, and pass data back and forth between the client application and Web services.

In the November 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, John Papa explains how to call and use data from WCF, ASMX, and REST services with Silverlight 2 applications.

You can browse the code online, or find more installments of the Data Points column in our MSDN Magazine archives.

Also be sure to see Shawn Wildermuth’s demonstration of how ADO.NET Data Services and LINQ simplify support for data operations in your Silverlight apps from the September 2008 issue.