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Web API is the New WCF

Mads Kristensen is a Program Manager at Microsoft and during his Tech Days 2012 talk on “What’s new in ASP.NET 4.5 + Visual Studio 11” he made a statement that “Web API is, kind of, the new WCF” – it’s about an hour in if you want the exact spot. Putting the “kind of” part to the side for the moment, this is something of interest as two key questions I ask myself, out of many that I consider when designing a new Microsoft solution, are (1) have I identified the right technologies, i.e. MVC, SQL, Azure, etc. and (2) what type of commitment is Microsoft making to the technologies I’ve chosen. Continue reading


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Consuming a WCF Service with jQuery or ScriptManager

I recently created a working example of WCF service that is consumed by both a jQuery AJAX call and a ScriptManager AJAX call. I was interested to see how the WCF improvements offered by .NET 4 compared with the latest jQuery library (v1.7.1 at the time of writing). You can download the solution’s source code or take a look through this post where I discuss the particulars of this comparison. Continue reading