WCF Data Services:
- WCF Data Services enables creation and consumption of data services for the Web or an intranet by using the Open Data Protocol (OData).
- OData enables you to expose your data as resources that are addressable by URIs.
- This enables you to access and change data by using the semantics of representational state transfer (REST), specifically the standard HTTP verbs of GET, PUT, POST, and DELETE
Reference books, you may like:Programming WCF Services: Design and Build Maintainable Service-Oriented Systems
WCF Multi-Layer Services Development with Entity Framework, 4th Edition
Learning WCF: A Hands-on Guide
It can expose data from any source by using data provider and service uses the OData protocol for communication. Response will return in either Atom or JSON format.
Client libraries will reside in the client application to consume the WCF data service. Libraries will vary based on the platform.
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