With all the out-of-band technology releases we've had (ASP.NET AJAX, .NET 3.0), it's nice to reach a point where we can bring them all together.
As an example...
Create a new web site in Visual Studio 2008. This will have to be a website under IIS, unfortunately, for reasons I'll point out later. Once the web site is up, add a new item – a WCF service. The service contract can look like the following:
The data contract can look like so:
Finally, the LINQish implementation:
We can entirely remove any WCF <system.serviceModel> configuration from web.config. Instead of all the XML configuration goo, we just need a Factory attribute in our .svc file:
What magic does this factory give us? Well, we can add a ServiceReference via a ScriptManager (it's nice that AJAX extensions are in the toolbox by default), and write some script:
Voila! Zero configuration and we have JSON on the wire!
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 03:08:10 GMT
Note: there is a problem in Beta 2 that prevents this magic from working with WebDev.exe. The error you'll see with WebDev (aka Cassini) is:
"IIS specified authentication schemes 'Ntlm, Anonymous', but the binding only supports specification of exactly one authentication scheme. Valid authentication schemes are Digest, Negotiate, NTLM, Basic, or Anonymous. Change the IIS settings so that only a single authentication scheme is used."
Unfortunately, twiddling with the NTLM checkbox for WebDev doesn't help. Thus, the current need for IIS.