Monday, April 29, 2013

WCF : Non-Empty address cannot be accessed from javascript

I am not sure about this, but it seems that to be called from javascript, the address should be empty in endpoint configuration. When I gave some address, my service stopped working.

Following is some material I searched, but nowhere this thing is clarified
MSDN And stackoverflow links

How to: Use Configuration to Add an ASP.NET AJAX Endpoint

.NET Framework 4.5
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    Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) allows you to create a service that makes an ASP.NET AJAX-enabled endpoint available that can be called from JavaScript on a client Web site. To create such an endpoint, you can either use a configuration file, as with all other Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) endpoints, or use a method that does not require any configuration elements. This topic demonstrates the configuration approach.
    The part of the procedure that enables the service endpoint to become ASP.NET AJAX-enabled consists of configuring the endpoint to use the WebHttpBinding and to add the <enableWebScript> endpoint behavior. After configuring the endpoint, the steps to implement and host the service are similar to those used by any WCF service. For a working example, see the AJAX Service Using HTTP POST.
    For more information about how to configure an ASP.NET AJAX endpoint without using configuration, see How to: Add an ASP.NET AJAX Endpoint Without Using Configuration.

    To create a basic WCF service

    1.      Define a basic WCF service contract with an interface marked with the ServiceContractAttribute attribute. Mark each operation with the OperationContractAttribute. Be sure to set the Namespace property.
    [ServiceContract(Namespace = "MyService")]
    public interface ICalculator
         // This operation returns the sum of d1 and d2.
        double Add(double n1, double n2);
        //Other operations omitted…
    2.      Implement theICalculatorservice contract with aCalculatorService.
    public class CalculatorService : ICalculator
        public double Add(double n1, double n2)
            return n1 + n2;
    //Other operations omitted…
    3.      Define a namespace for theICalculatorandCalculatorServiceimplementations by wrapping them in a namespace block.
    Namespace Microsoft.Ajax.Samples
        //Include the code for ICalculator and Caculator here.

    To create an ASP.NET AJAX endpoint for the service

    1.      Create a behavior configuration and specify the <enableWebScript> behavior for ASP.NET AJAX-enabled endpoints of the service.
                <behavior name="AspNetAjaxBehavior">
                    <enableWebScript />
    2.      Create an endpoint for the service that uses the WebHttpBinding and the ASP.NET AJAX behavior defined in the previous step.
            <service name="Microsoft.Ajax.Samples.CalculatorService">
                <endpoint address=""
                    contract="Microsoft.Ajax.Samples.ICalculator" />

    To host the service in IIS

    1.      To host the service in IIS, create a new file named service with a .svc extension in the application. Edit this file by adding the appropriate @ServiceHost directive information for the service. For example, the content in the service file for theCalculatorServicesample contains the following information.
    2.      For more information about hosting in IIS, see How to: Host a WCF Service in IIS.

    To call the service

    1.      The endpoint is configured at an empty address relative to the .svc file, so the service is now available and can be invoked by sending requests to service.svc/<operation> - for example, service.svc/Add for theAddoperation. You can use it by entering the endpoint URL into the Scripts collection of the ASP.NET AJAX Script Manager control. For an example, see the AJAX Service Using HTTP POST.

    WCF javascript proxy not found when endpoint address is not blank

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    I am trying to setup a WCF service with multiple endpoints with one of the endpoints using the enableWebScript endpoint behavior so that a Javascript proxy will be created on the client (jsdebug/js).
    When adding the Service Reference to my AJAX ScriptManager, the jsdebug file is not found unless the address of the endpoint is blank. The ScriptManager proxy seems to always generate a path of "MyService.svc/jsdebug" to look for the file even though my service has an address of "ajax". The proxy should generate the path as "MyService.svc/ajax/jsdebug".
    Is there a setting to get the Proxy generated with the right path? My service is at the root of my website.
    <endpoint address="" 
      contract="MyTest.Web.ICustomerService" />
    want this (doesn't work):
    <endpoint address="ajax" 
      contract="MyTest.Web.ICustomerService" />

    Fabian Steeg
    asked Nov 7 '08 at 16:29

    what is your base address? are you connecting into the right path like ? – balexandre Jan 28 '09 at 16:35
    What settings did you use for your script manager..? – markt Mar 19 '09 at 3:24

    2 Answers

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    <enableWebScript />also known as AJAX-enabled endpoints essentially hard-codes everything to do with address so you can generate the client-side code.
    The way it's hard-coded is that everything is directly relative to the .svc file.
    The endpoint is configured at an empty address relative to the .svc file, so the service is now available and can be invoked by sending requests toservice.svc/<operation>- for example,service.svc/Addfor theAddoperation.
    For this reason, you can't mix<enableWebScript />withUriTemplate, which takes away half the fun out of WCF in my opinion. See enableWebScript, UriTemplate, and HTTP methods.
    Personally, I like to configure my URI and serve both POX and JSON, as well as SOAP. See WCF RESTful POX, JSON and SOAP Coexist.

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