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Working with Collections in WCF RIA Services: E-book


Working with Collections in
WCF RIA Services

Author: Kevin Dockx

Price: $0.99     Add to Cart

Format: PDF, Word, EPUB, MOBI. Source code included with the downloadable package.
Number of pages: 11
Release date: June 2011


This e-book collects the two parts of SilverlightShow article series 'Working with Collections in WCF RIA Services', together with source code.

A lot of business applications today are built with WCF RIA Services (which should come as no surprise, as it’s a really powerful, extensible framework). However, the collection type support could have been better. Often, you’d simply resort to fetching your entities and adding them to an ObservableCollection<T> in the completed event of your load operation. This still works, but in the first Service Pack for WCF RIA Services quite a few enhancements to existing collection types have been made, and new ones have been added. These allow you to make it easier to work with WCF RIA Services in an MVVM context: we now have collections which automatically track your DomainContext, collections which allow you to add filters, sorting & even grouping, and there’s a server-side pageable DomainCollectionView. In this e-book, we’ll have a look at these enhancements & new types, and the scenarios in which they can prove useful.
This e-book looks into 4 ways of working with your data from WCF RIA Services:

  • the EntitySet (enhanced)
  • the EntityList (new)
  • the CollectionView (enhanced)
  • the DomainCollectionView (new).

The e-book download package includes an example project and full source code.

About the author:

Kevin Dockx lives in Belgium and works at RealDolmen, one of Belgium's biggest ICT companies, where he is a technical specialist/project leader on .NET web applications, mainly Silverlight, and a solution manager for Rich Applications (Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 Series, WPF, Surface). His main focus lies on all things Silverlight, but he still keeps an eye on the new developments concerning other products from the Microsoft .NET (Web) Stack. As a Silverlight enthusiast, he's a regular speaker on various national and international events, like Microsoft DevDays in The Netherlands, Microsoft Techdays in Portugal and Belgium, or on BESUG events (the Belgian Silverlight User Group). Next to that, he also authored a best-selling Silverlight book, Packt Publishing's Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook, together with Gill Cleeren. His blog, which contains various tidbits on Silverlight, .NET, and the occasional rambling, can be found at http://blog.kevindockx.com/, and of course he can also be found on Twitter @KevinDockx