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Applied XML Programming for Microsoft® .NET by Dino Esposito

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Building a .NET Framework Web Service Client

Whether you use Microsoft Visual Studio .NET or a simple text editor to code the .asmx file, writing Web services using the .NET Framework is definitely an easy task. And as you’ll see, writing client applications to use those services is even easier.

You can call a Web service through a URL using either the HTTP-GET or the HTTP-POST command. You can do that also from within an ASP.NET page using the WebRequest .NET Framework class. From within Visual Studio .NET, referencing a Web service is nearly identical to adding a reference to another assembly. What you get is a proxy class through which your Windows Forms or Web Forms application can reach its URL across port 80, just like a user’s browser. ...

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