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In ASP.NET 2.0, we introduced a very powerful set of application services in ASP.NET (Membership, Roles and profile).  In 3.5 we created a client library for accessing them from Ajax and .NET Clients and exposed them via WCF web services.    For more information on the base level ASP.NET appservices that this walk through is based on, please see Stefan Schackow's excellent book Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Security, Membership, and Role Management. In this tutorial I will walk you through how to access the WCF application services from a directly from the Silverlight client.  This works super well if you have a site that is already using the ASP.NET application services and you just need to access them from a Silverlight client.   (Special thanks to Helen for a good chunk of this implantation) Here is what I plan to show: 1. Login\Logout 2. Save personalization settings ... (more)

Business Apps Example for Silverlight 3 RTM and .NET RIA Services July Update: Part 26: Authentication and Personalization

The data we work with in business application is valuable.  We need to protect the data.. sometimes by keeping up with exactly who accesses and updates what data when and other times we need to actively prevent data from being accessed expected by trust parties.    The web is increasingly becoming a personal place – applications often “know about you” enabling users to having customized settings that work everywhere the apps works.  In this example, I will take our ever popular SuperEmployees application and augment it to show more details on the authentication and personalizatio... (more)

Forms Auth\Windows Auth – what is more common?

I was talking to some coworkers today about the scenarios for Forms Auth and Windows Auth in line of business applications.    We were having a debate about which was more common. As you might guess at Microsoft we are an all windows shop, so just about all our line of business applications use Windows auth, and I gotta say it is pretty nice not to have to remember a bunch of user names and passwords.   But I wonder if that is so common across the industry.. and even for companies that do use Windows Auth, I imagine there are scenarios where Forms auth is still important.  One p... (more)

Business Apps Example for Silverlight 3 RTM

Continuing in our discussion of Silverlight 3 and  the brand new update to .NET RIA Services and the update the example from my Mix09 talk “building business applications with Silverlight 3”. You can watch the original  video of the full session  The demo requires (all 100% free and always free): VS2008 SP1 (Which includes Sql Express 2008) Silverlight 3 RTM .NET RIA Services July '09 Preview Also, download the full demo files and check out the running application. Today, we will talk about Rich Data Query.    Rich Data Query Next up, let’s talk about data query.  Nearly every busin... (more)

Business Apps for Silverlight 3 RTM: POCO and Authentication Provider

I have gotten lots of good comments on my series updating my Mix09 talk “building business applications with Silverlight 3”.  Some customers have asked about the “live” version I have running on one of Scott Haneslman’s servers (thanks Scott!) The demo requires (all 100% free and always free): VS2008 SP1 (Which includes Sql Express 2008) Silverlight 3 RTM .NET RIA Services July '09 Preview Also, download the full demo files and, of course, check out the running application. Scott gave me a FTP access and a web server, but I didn’t want to hassle with setting up a database (thoug... (more)