This sample contains the Visual Studio projects that are created when you complete the WCF Data Services quickstart. This quickstart helps you become familiar with the Open Data Protocol (OData) and WCF Data Services through a series of tasks that support the topics in Getting Started with WCF Data Services.

What You Will Learn

This quickstart shows how to create and access a data service to expose data from the Northwind sample database. In later topics, you will create a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) client application that accesses the data service by using client libraries.


To use WCF Data Services to create a data service, you must install the following components:

  • WCF Data Services and the ADO.NET Entity Framework. Both are installed when you install the .NET Framework version 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later versions (WCF Data Services was previously called ADO.NET Data Services).

Note: To complete the final task of this quickstart, you must install an update to the .NET Framework version 3.5 Service Pack 1. You can download and install the update from the Microsoft Download Center. This download is not required when you are using .NET Framework 4 with Visual Studio 2010.

WCF Data Services Quickstart Tasks

The following quickstart tasks, when completed, create the Northwind sample data service and client projects.


Creating the Data Service

Define the ASP.NET application, define the data model, create the data service, and enable access to resources.

Accessing the Service from a Web Browser (WCF Data Services Quickstart)

Start the service from Visual Studio and access the service by submitting HTTP GET requests through a Web browser to the exposed resources.

Creating the .NET Framework Client Application (WCF Data Services Quickstart)

Create a WPF client application to access the data service, bind data to Windows controls, change data in the bound controls, and then send the changes back to the data service.

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