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WCF Rest Services for Windows Phone

So great, to create WCF Rest services for Windows Phone, you have to follow just 5 steps. This post will have more code than words, making it neat and to-the-point

Step 1: Create a WCF Service

Define the interface IMyService in ‘Services’ folder of YourWebsite

namespace YourWebsite.Services
[ServiceContract(Namespace = "http://YourWebsite.com/services", Name = "MyService")]
public interface IMyService
[WebGet(UriTemplate = "?nm={name}",
RequestFormat = WebMessageFormat.Xml,
ResponseFormat = WebMessageFormat.Xml,
BodyStyle = WebMessageBodyStyle.Bare)]
bool DoWork(string name);

Add a service MyService.svc that inherits from IMyService

[AspNetCompatibilityRequirements(RequirementsMode = AspNetCompatibilityRequirementsMode.Allowed)]
public class MyService : IMyService
public bool DoWork(string name)
return true;

Step 2: Modify the markup of MyService.svc

The markup of the MyService.svc should have Factory=”System.ServiceModel.Activation.WebServiceHostFactory”

<%@ ServiceHost Language="C#" Debug="true" Service="YourWebsite.Services.MyService"
CodeBehind="MyService.svc.cs" %>

Step 3: Modify Web.Config of the Hosting Website

Add REST behavior (webHttp) to web.config

<add prefix="http://www.YourWebsite.com/Services"/>
<behavior name="restBehavior">
<webHttp />
<behavior name="">
<serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true" />
<serviceDebug includeExceptionDetailInFaults="false" />

<serviceHostingEnvironment aspNetCompatibilityEnabled="true" multipleSiteBindingsEnabled="true" />
<endpoint address="MyService.svc" binding="webHttpBinding" contract="YourWebsite.Services.IMyService" behaviorConfiguration="restBehavior" />


Step 4: Calling MyService in Windows Phone We don’t need to create any proxy class, and a simple WebClient can do the proxy stuff for us!

string url = string.Format("http://yourwebsite.com/services/MyService.svc?nm={0}", "My Name");
WebClient proxy = new WebClient();
proxy.OpenReadCompleted += new OpenReadCompletedEventHandler(proxy_OpenReadCompleted);
proxy.OpenReadAsync(new Uri(url, UriKind.Absolute));

Once the WCF service is invoked, proxy_OpenReadCompleted is called.

private void proxy_OpenReadCompleted(object sender, OpenReadCompletedEventArgs e)
if (e.Error != null)
// do something

DataContractSerializer serializer = new DataContractSerializer(typeof(bool));
bool returnValue = (bool)serializer.ReadObject(e.Result);


Step 5: Execute And you are done! Just execute your Windows Phone application and you will have the RESTed output :)

Reference: WCF Rest Services for Windows Phone from our NCG partner Punit Ganshani at the Punit Ganshani blog.

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