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Silverlight 4 + RIA Services - Ready for Business: Ajax Endpoint

Continuing in our series, I wanted to touch on how a RIA Services can be exposed  your service in JSON.  This is very handy for Ajax clients.


The great thing is that enabling the JSON endpoint is that it requires NO changes whatsoever to the DomainService.  All you need to do is enable it is to add the JSON endpoint in web.config

  1:   <system.serviceModel>
  2:     <domainServices>
  3:       <endpoints>
  4:         <add name="JSON"
  5:              type="Microsoft.ServiceModel.DomainServices.Hosting.JsonEndpointFactory, Microsoft.ServiceModel.DomainServices.Hosting, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35" />
  6:         <add name="OData"
  7:              type="System.ServiceModel.DomainServices.Hosting.ODataEndpointFactory, System.ServiceModel.DomainServices.Hosting.OData, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35" />
  8:         <add name="Soap"
  9:              type="Microsoft.ServiceModel.DomainServices.Hosting.SoapXmlEndpointFactory, Microsoft.ServiceModel.DomainServices.Hosting, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35" />
 10:       </endpoints>
 11:     </domainServices>


As you can see, this above snippet shows adding the JSON endpoint from the RIA Services toolkit as well as the OData and Soap ones. 

You can see the endpoint results navigate to the URL in this format:




"RootResults":[{"Address":"49 Gilbert St.","City":"London",
"ContactName":"Charlotte Cooper","ContactTitle":"Purchasing Manager",
"Fax":"(171) 555-2222","HomePage":"","ID":1,"ImagePath":
"Restaurant_Alinea.jpg","Name":"Alinea - Updated from Ajax",
"Phone":"(171) 555-2222","PostalCode":"EC1 4SD","Region":""},
{"Address":"P.O. Box 78934","City":"New Orleans","ContactName":
"Shelley Burke",


As you can see – some nice looking JSon.   Now, to write a very simple Ajax client.

Below is an example query method in the Ajax client

         function query() {
            var xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
  "GET", "BusinessApplication1-web-DishViewDomainService.svc/Json/GetRestaurants", false);
            var rawResults = JSON.parse(xmlhttp.responseText);
            var results = rawResults.GetRestaurantsResult.RootResults;
            var entity
            for (var i = 0; i < results.length; i++) 
                entity = results[i];
                document.getElementById('results').innerHTML += ' <br> ' + entity.Name;

This is wired up to to a very simple button

        <button type="button" onclick="query()">


Update is just a bit more tricky…  but still basic:

        function update() {
            var operation = {};
            operation.Entity = { "__type": "Restaurant:#BusinessApplication1.Web", "ID": 1, "Name": "Alinea - Updated from Ajax"};
            operation.OriginalEntity = { "__type": "Restaurant:#BusinessApplication1.Web", "ID": 1, "Name": "Alinea" };
            operation.Operation = 3; //update
            var csData = JSON.stringify({ "changeSet": [operation] });
            var xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
  'POST', 'BusinessApplication1-web-DishViewDomainService.svc/Json/SubmitChanges', false);
            xmlhttp.setRequestHeader("Content-Type", "application/json");
            var results = xmlhttp.responseText;
            document.getElementById('results').innerHTML = results;



In this demo, we showed how to enable the Ajax\JSON client for RIA Services.

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Brad Abrams is currently the Group Program Manager for the UI Framework and Services team at Microsoft which is responsible for delivering the developer platform that spans both client and web based applications, as well as the common services that are available to all applications. Specific technologies owned by this team include ASP.NET, Atlas and Windows Forms. He was a founding member of both the Common Language Runtime, and .NET Framework teams.

Brad has been designing parts of the .NET Framework since 1998 when he started his framework design career building the BCL (Base Class Library) that ships as a core part of the .NET Framework. He was also the lead editor on the Common Language Specification (CLS), the .NET Framework Design Guidelines, the libraries in the ECMA\ISO CLI Standard, and has been deeply involved with the WinFX and Windows Vista efforts from their beginning.

He co-authored Programming in the .NET Environment, and was editor on .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference Vol 1 and Vol 2 and the Framework Design Guidelines.