WCF RIA Services

WCF RIA Services is, well, richer than WCF Data Services (and also newer). Indeed, the R in RIA means rich, although the full TLA (Three-Letter Acronym) can stand for Rich Internet Application or Rich Interactive Application—depending on who you’re talking to. Since its earliest days, WCF RIA Services was designed to work best with Silverlight, although it now also supports OData, SOAP, and JSON to reach a wider range of clients. You can build WCF RIA Services over any data access layer, including Entity Framework, LINQ to SQL, or Plain Old CLR Objects (POCOs), in which case you handle the persistence yourself using any data access technique you want, including conventional ADO.NET.

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