Creating an ADO.Net Data Service

An ADO.Net Data Service for the Sybase tables can be created using the Entity Data Model created in the Creating EDM in Visual Studio 2008 section.

  1. Open the VirtuosoDataService project created in the Creating EDM in Visual Studio 2008 section.

  2. Right click on the VirtuosoDataService project name in the Solution Explorer pane. Then, select the Add -> New Item menu options.

  3. The Add New Item dialog will appear. Choose the ADO.NET Data Service template. Give it the name Virtuoso.svc and click Add to create the ADO.Net Data Service.

  4. In the newly created Virtuoso.svc.cs Data Service file, add the data source class name of VirtuosoEntities (note this is the name set in the Creating EDM in Visual Studio 2008 section) as the DataService name. Enable access to the Data Service by adding the entry config.SetEntitySetAccessRule("*", EntitySetRights.All); in the InitializeService method.

    // C# using System; using System.Web; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.ServiceModel.Web; using System.Linq; using System.Data.Services; namespace SimpleDataService { public class Northwind : DataService<VirtuosoDemoEntities> { public static void InitializeService(IDataServiceConfiguration config) { config.SetEntitySetAccessRule("*", EntitySetRights.All); } } }

  5. To test the Data Service, simply hit Ctrl+F5 within Visual Studio. This will start the development web server, run the Data Services server inside, and load a Web browser page that displays the list of tables/entities for the P2 database catalog.

  6. To access a specific entity instance like the publisher table publisher number 0736 record, use this convention: http://host/vdir/Virtuoso.svc/publishers("0736").


  1. Important - To view Atom (the default format returned by an ADO.NET Data Service) in Internet Explorer, you must first ensure that Feed Reading View is turned off. This can be done on the Content tab of Tools in Internet Options.

  2. If a Data Services entity instance URI page fails to load, you can turn Verbose errors on by adding config.UseVerboseErrors = true; in the virtuoso.svc.cs InitializeService method. This enables you to obtain more detailed information from the server as to why the page failed to load:

    public static void InitializeService(IDataServiceConfiguration config) { config.UseVerboseErrors = true; config.SetEntitySetAccessRule("*", EntitySetRights.All); }