Applies to Silverlight 3, 4 and 5
The services we used in the first two recipes of this chapter were self-describing services. By this we mean that the service itself exposes information about its methods and data types by means of a WSDL file.
However, often we might need to access data that is not exposed by such a service. For example, we may need to read out XML data. This data could be available as a physical file on the server. It could perhaps be dumped by a process in a specific location. Alternatively, while sending a request to a specific URL, some services, such as REST services, return XML data. Communicating with REST services is the topic of Chapter 10, Talking to REST and WCF Data Services.