How to Get Data into Silverlight

Once you know the requirements of your application, you can decide which technology is the best to use. The following table lists some scenarios and the recommended networking and Web services technology for implementing them, as well as links to topics that show you how to use that technology.
Scenario Recommended Technology Documentation
Create an end-to-end business application, expose data as a Web service, and create a client to consume the data WCF RIA Services WCF RIA Services
Access data from a third-party REST service Specify client HTTP handling, and use the WebClient or HttpWebRequest/HttpWebResponse classes HTTP Communication and Security with SilverlightorAccessing HTTP and REST-Based Services Directly
Provide access to an existing database using REST services WCF Data services WCF Data Services (Silverlight)
Access server business logic WCF services How to: Access a Service from Silverlight
Create a chat application WCF services Building and Accessing Duplex Services
Stream the same data across an intranet to many clients at the same time UDP multicast Working with Multicast
Build and access a new sockets service for duplex messaging Duplex with netTCP Building and Accessing Duplex Services
Build and access a new sockets service for duplex messaging across the Internet Polling duplex with HTTP Building and Accessing Duplex Services
Access an existing or third-party sockets service for duplex messaging TCP using sockets Working with Sockets
Stream market data UDP multicast Working with Multicast
Provide video and media streaming UDP multicast Working with Multicast
Provide real-time communication UDP multicast Working with Multicast
Device and service discovery UDP multicast Working with Multicast
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