Client Application Services - Part 1
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Published: 11 Mar 2008
In this first part of the three part series, Bilal Haidar introduces Client Application Services (CLAS) that shipped with Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5. These services allow Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation applications to access ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX 1.0 Extensions Application Services. He begins with a brief introduction followed by a detailed discussion of ASP.NET 2.0, AJAX Extensions 1.0, and Client Application Services. He concludes the article by providing a list of classes used for CLAS.
by Bilal Haidar
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ASP.NET 2.0 introduced the Application Services which are a set of services used to manage user security from authenticating users, creation of new users, retrieving user passwords, getting user roles, to loading and saving per-user profile data from and into a database. These services to function properly are configured through XML entries in the Web.config configuration file.

The above services, as you can see, work only with web applications. But the problems appear when you have multiple applications, including Web and Windows client applications, with a shared database and all of those applications need a way to authenticate and authorize users in addition to processing a user’s profile and this could not be done before Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5.

With the release of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5, Client Application Services have been introduced to the Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation applications. Basically, Client Application Services make use of the ASP.NET AJAX Application Services to allow a Desktop application to interact with the Membership, Role, and Profile providers.

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Title: Mgr Appplication Development   
Name: Jothi
Date: 2008-12-30 11:28:42 AM
Hi Bilal,
I would like to know if the same service can be used for multiple applications
Title: Client Application Services - Part 1   
Name: Safiyullah-India
Date: 2008-04-29 2:49:06 AM
hi bilal... its good

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