September 23, 2005

Custom Objects with Web Services

Web Services are not .net specific. Most of them might think its something Microsoft invented. What Microsoft have done is they implemented a common standard. To create a web service in .net is really easy. But you should understand the concept behind it. You can find the public web services which available through Microsoft UDDI service.( )

So today im going to explain how to return a custom object through web service. I will explain the scenario from a simple diagram.( banks needs a valid telephone number to issue a credit card its a fact)

In this scenario Telephone Company is offering a web service to its partners to get the customer just by supplying customers telephone number.

Customer class:

public class Customer
public Customer()
// TODO: Add constructor logic here

string _name;
string _age;
string _company;

public string Name
get{return _name;}
set{_name = value;}

public string Age
get{return _age;}
set{_age = value;}
public string Company
get{return _company;}
set{_company = value;}

GetCustomer web service method which returns the customer object

public Customer GetCustomer()
//can be perform any database functions

Customer customer = new Customer();
customer.Name = "Ludmal de silva";
customer.Age = "25";
customer.Company = "E-Solutions";

return customer;

Now we can use this web service by simply adding a web reference to our project.(you guys should know how to add a web reference its really simple).

Finally you can get the customer object which returns from the web service. Code below.

//Customer object
CustomerService.Customer customer = new CustomerService.Customer();

//CustomerService object
CustomerService.Service1 myCustomerService = new CustomerService.Service1();

///Get the customer from the WebService
customer = myCustomerService.GetCustomer();

//Assigning the values to the UI
this.Label1.Text = customer.Name;
this.Label2.Text = customer.Company ;
this.Label3.Text = customer.Age ;

What I was trying to do is to give a basic idea about web services & to use the custom object with web services. I highly appreciate comments. (my writing skills might be poor...) But all the questions /comments are welcome.


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