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Cross-platform UI Development with Xamarin.Forms by Paul F. Johnson

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Chapter 7. Connect Me to Your Other Services

While Azure provides a very powerful mobile service, you may decide to connect to another type of service, such as one employing a RESTful interface or using the Windows Communications Framework (WCF). Both are very different. In this chapter, we will look at both.

In this chapter, we will:

  • Use a RESTful interface for a web service
  • Look at a WCF interface for a web service

Let's take a REST

Before we look at the interface, we need to understand what REST is. In its simplest terms, REST is a set of six constraints, which when applied to an architecture (such as a web service) gives the basis of the RESTful style.

While it is outside the scope of this book to look at the architecture, there are many very good ...

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