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  • Dearest Programmers,

    I have developed a Win Forms App with VB2010. I want to incorporate a registration process through which users will be able to use the application.

    I thought of creating a web service that will enable users register online and get a serial key to the application.

    The application houses an MD5 algorithm that generates serial keys.

    One of these keys will be given to the user on registration - NOTE THAT: One user per serial key.

    I do not know how to incorporate a web service in my app. I do not also know how to create a web service.

    Please I would really be grateful for any ideas, KEEPING IN MIND the intent of the web service am requesting help for.

    Thank you.


    Eyo Honesty

    Monday, October 1, 2012 4:33 PM

Answers

  • After a lot of searching, I think this is a fairly good introduction to creating a web service: how-do-i-create-and-call-a-simple-web-service-in-aspnet. Things may be slightly different with .NET 4.0. There does seem to be a paucity of examples in VB.NET, especially ones that don't dive in and use databases as a major part of the web service.

    As to using the web service in a Windows Forms program, the term to search for is "windows forms consume web service."

    It seems to be a lot easier to start trying it out than find a tutorial.

    HTH,

    Andrew

    • Marked as answer by Mike Feng Monday, October 8, 2012 12:33 PM
    Monday, October 1, 2012 8:22 PM

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  • After a lot of searching, I think this is a fairly good introduction to creating a web service: how-do-i-create-and-call-a-simple-web-service-in-aspnet. Things may be slightly different with .NET 4.0. There does seem to be a paucity of examples in VB.NET, especially ones that don't dive in and use databases as a major part of the web service.

    As to using the web service in a Windows Forms program, the term to search for is "windows forms consume web service."

    It seems to be a lot easier to start trying it out than find a tutorial.

    HTH,

    Andrew

    • Marked as answer by Mike Feng Monday, October 8, 2012 12:33 PM
    Monday, October 1, 2012 8:22 PM
  • Hello Eyo,

    Be aware that what you describe is a click once installation. However, you ask for webservices which is currently integrated in the windows communication foundation.

    Here a link (it is an older one), the original ones are broken currently on the Microsoft website.

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/ms735119(v=vs.90).aspx


    Success
    Cor

    Monday, October 1, 2012 8:27 PM
  • Hi Cor,

    If you're recommending something more recent than an asmx web service, why WCF and not WebAPI? I was thinking that a web service would be the simplest to implement, and WCF is overkill for returning one string from a simple request.

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    Andrew

    Monday, October 1, 2012 8:48 PM