Publishing a VB Silverlight 2 Beta 2 app which uses a WCF service

Note this works with the released version of Silverlight 2

I created a Silverlight 2 beta 2 app which uses a WCF Silverlight service which worked fine localy but did call the service when I published it to my web host.  After playing around with the different settings I finally came across an entry in the Silverlight Forums by sladapter with a solution. 


So lets create a simple Silverlight 2 App to demo how to do this.  I created a silverlight app with a web application project.   I prefer web applications to web sites but a web site will work the same.  

Add a WCF Silverlight- enabled service named  service1 to the web application. 

This is the code I am using for the service

Imports System.ServiceModel
Imports System.ServiceModel.Activation
<ServiceContract(Namespace:="")> _
<AspNetCompatibilityRequirements(RequirementsMode:=AspNetCompatibilityRequirementsMode.Allowed)> _
Public Class Service1
    <OperationContract()> _
    Public Function SayHello() As String
        ' Add your operation implementation here
        Return "Hello World"
    End Function
End Class

Lets add a TextBlock to the Page.xaml to display our message.

<UserControl x:Class="SilverlightApplication2.Page"
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
    Width="400" Height="300">
    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">
            <TextBlock x:Name="txt">Loading..</TextBlock>
    </Grid>
</UserControl>

Now run the app.  Once that is done we can add a service reference to our silverlight app.  Press the arrow on the Discover button and select services in the solution.  You should windup with something like this.


In the silverlight app open up the file ServiceReferences.ClientConfig

<configuration>
    <system.serviceModel>
        <bindings>
            <basicHttpBinding>
                <binding name="BasicHttpBinding_Service1" maxBufferSize="65536"
                    maxReceivedMessageSize="65536">
                    <security mode="None" />
                </binding>
            </basicHttpBinding>
        </bindings>
        <client>
            <endpoint address="http://localhost:1205/Service1.svc" binding="basicHttpBinding"
                bindingConfiguration="BasicHttpBinding_Service1" contract="ServiceReference1.Service1"
                name="BasicHttpBinding_Service1" />
        </client>
    </system.serviceModel>
</configuration>

In the endpoint address change the contract to include the project name.

<configuration>
    <system.serviceModel>
        <bindings>
            <basicHttpBinding>
                <binding name="BasicHttpBinding_Service1" maxBufferSize="65536"
                    maxReceivedMessageSize="65536">
                    <security mode="None" />
                </binding>
            </basicHttpBinding>
        </bindings>
        <client>
            <endpoint address="http://localhost:1205/Service1.svc" binding="basicHttpBinding"
                bindingConfiguration="BasicHttpBinding_Service1" contract="SilverlightApplication2.ServiceReference1.Service1"
                name="BasicHttpBinding_Service1" />
        </client>
    </system.serviceModel>
</configuration>

Now lets add some code to call the service. Page.Xaml.VB

Partial Public Class Page
    Inherits UserControl
    Dim current As String
    Public Sub New()
        InitializeComponent()
    End Sub
    Private Sub Page_Loaded(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.RoutedEventArgs) Handles Me.Loaded
        Dim ws As New ServiceReference1.Service1Client
        AddHandler ws.SayHelloCompleted, AddressOf HelloComplete
        ws.SayHelloAsync()
    End Sub
    Private Sub HelloComplete(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As ServiceReference1.SayHelloCompletedEventArgs)
        txt.Text = e.Result
    End Sub
End Class

Now if we run the app you should see Hello World but when published you will only see loading.   So lets change how we create the service so that this will work once deployed.  Basically we tell the service to use the current web address.

Private Sub Page_Loaded(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.RoutedEventArgs) Handles Me.Loaded
    Dim address = New Uri(Application.Current.Host.Source, "../Service1.svc")
    Dim ws As New ServiceReference1.Service1Client("BasicHttpBinding_Service1", address.AbsoluteUri)
    AddHandler ws.SayHelloCompleted, AddressOf HelloComplete
    ws.SayHelloAsync()
End Sub

Hope this helps

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