walk through WCF RIA Service

It may be bit late but let us learn WCF RIA together. I will be writing many parts on Learning WCF RIA Services.


In this part just to get a feeling of WCF RIA and see our one application is running on WCF RIA, I am going to walkthrough creating first application through WCF RIA Services.

In a Silverlight Data Grid we will fetch and display all the records from Person table of School database using WCF RIA Service.

Creating Project

Open Visual studio and create a new a new Silverlight Application.


Make sure you have checked the Enable WCF RIA Service checkbox.


We will have two projects in the solution

Creating DataModel

Now let us create a DataModel. I am going to use School database here.

The first step is to create database. We are going to use School database. Script of sample School Database copy from here

Right click on Server Project [web project] and add a new item


Add ADO.Net Entity model from Data tab.


Choose the option generate from Database. If Database you want to use is listed in drop down the choose that else create a New Connection.


Provide server name and authentication and choose the database.



Either leave default name for connection string in config file or give a unique name. and after selecting table click finish.


Note: Make sure after creating Data Model you have built the project. This is a important step

Creating Domain Service

Right click on Server Project [web project] and add a new item. From web tab select Domain Service class


Select available Data context class from drop down. And select Person class from list of tables.


After this step you will get DomainService1.cs class created in the web project.


There are two things to notice about the class.

1. Class is inherited from LinqToEntitiesDomainService<T> class

2. Attributed with EnableClientAccess.

Fetching Data from at Silverlight client

Build the project and add the namespace


Add a Data Grid on design


After adding Data Grid xaml will look like below


    d:DesignHeight="300" d:DesignWidth="400">
    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">
        <sdk:DataGrid Name="myGrid" >


At the code behind now we need to fetch the data from Domain service. For that

1. Create an instance of Domain service class


2. Load the entity set to be bind as item source of data grid.



using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Net;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Documents;
using System.Windows.Input;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Media.Animation;
using System.Windows.Shapes;
using RIA1.Web;
using System.ServiceModel.DomainServices.Client;

namespace RIA1
    public partial class MainPage : UserControl
        public MainPage()
            DomainService1 context = new DomainService1();
            LoadOperation<Person> loapPerson = context.Load(context.GetPeopleQuery());
            myGrid.ItemsSource = loapPerson.Entities;



Press F5 to run the application,


3 responses to “walk through WCF RIA Service”

  1. […] Learning WCF RIA Service Part #2: Adding Query Methods Learning WCF RIA Service Part#1 can be read here […]

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