An Overview of WCF RIA Services Toolkit

| by Jonathan Allen Follow 500 Followers on Aug 22, 2011. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

A note to our readers: You asked so we have developed a set of features that allow you to reduce the noise: you can get email and web notifications for topics you are interested in. Learn more about our new features.

In honor of the August release of WCF RIA Services Toolkit, we are going to offer a quick introduction to the various components it offers on top of the baseline version of RIA Services. New in this build is support for EntityFramework 4.1, including code first, and a fix to the JavaScript/jQuery client so that it works with jQuery 1.5.1 and later.

The WCF RIA Services Toolkit is available as a single MSI or as a series of NuGet packages. It should be noted that the individual NuGet packages does not support Linq to Sql and the ASP.NET DomainDataSource and DomainValidator.

RIAServices.Endpoints – Out of the box, RIA Services only has full support for binary messages. This was appropriate for Silverlight clients, but not for anything else. This add-on package adds support for SOAP and JSON endpoints. This is especially important now that the same service layer is expected to support both Silverlight and non-Microsoft clients such as iOS and Android clients.

RIAServices.jQuery – While it is possible to use raw JSON and AJAX calls, getting everything just right can be tricky. So to make it easier Microsoft is working on WCF Support for jQuery. The eventual the goal includes support for numerous scenarios including the ability to generate client-side SDKs much as you would generate .NET or Silverlight clients from WSDL files.

RIAServices.ViewModel – Built for Silverlight only, this offers the DomainCollectionView class.

RIAServices.T4 – This is a replacement for the normal T4 code generator that allows you to plug in your own custom code generator. As is common with many of Microsoft’s newer technologies, there is no built-in support for Visual Basic or F#.

RIAServices.WindowsAzure – The TableDomainService allows the use of Windows Azure Table Storage as the data tier.

RIAServices.EntityFramework – This offers a new DbDomainService with EntityFramework 4.1 support, including EF Code First.

Rate this Article

Adoption Stage

Hello stranger!

You need to Register an InfoQ account or or login to post comments. But there's so much more behind being registered.

Get the most out of the InfoQ experience.

Tell us what you think

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread
Community comments

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread


Login to InfoQ to interact with what matters most to you.

Recover your password...


Follow your favorite topics and editors

Quick overview of most important highlights in the industry and on the site.


More signal, less noise

Build your own feed by choosing topics you want to read about and editors you want to hear from.


Stay up-to-date

Set up your notifications and don't miss out on content that matters to you