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Calling Web Services from JavaScript

, 13 Apr 2011 CPOL
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How to call We Services from JavaScript.

Calling Web Services from JavaScript allows the power of backend processing in your application without a postback, which results in better user experience. JavaScript by default uses the "JavaScript Object Notation" or JSON to communicate with a server. JSON has a shorter length compared with SOAP, and hence is more efficient. It also conforms better to the JavaScript internal object handling system.

If you open a new web site in Visual Studio 2008, the web.config would contain many new sections to enable JSON so many of the necessary framework would already be in place. To call a Web Service from JavaScript, you need to do the following three steps:

  1. Modify the definition of your Web Service (say in MyWebService.asmx.vb) such that the class has an extra attribute as shown below:
    <System.Web.Script.Services.ScriptService()> _
    Public Class ClassName 
        <WebMethod()> _
        Public Sub MethodName(Parameter As TypeA)
        End Sub
    End Class
  2. Use asp:scriptmanager in your ASPX file:
    <asp:scriptmanager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server">
    <asp:ServiceReference Path="~/service/MyWebService.asmx" />
  3. Call the Web Service within a JavaScript function like this:
    function CallsWebService(anyParametr ) {
      NameSpaceName.ClassName.MethodName(anyParameter, OnWSRequestComplete);

The OnWSRequestComplete() function gets called when the Web Service execution finishes. Implement this function as shown below:

function OnWSRequestComplete(results) {
  if (results != null) {


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Morris Bahrami
Australia Australia
I have over 17 years of experience in software development in a variety of fields. For last 7 years the emphasis has been mostly on .NET technology (C# and VB.NET) which includes WPF, WCF and ASP.NET AJAX. Also have SQL Server experience including SSIS and SSRS. My blog ( has a collection of tips and general info for Microsoft Developers.

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