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WCF example for inserting and displaying data from a SQL Server database using a WCF Service in ASP.NET

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In this article I will show you a practical example of a WCF service for inserting data into a database using ASP.NET.
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In this article I will show you a practical example of a WCF service for inserting data into a database using ASP.NET.

Using the code

For inserting data into a database using a WCF service in ASP.NET, we have to do the following steps:

  • Create a WCF service.
  • Create a Web based application.

Part 1: Create a WCF Service

  1. Open Visual Studio 2010
  2. New WCF Service Application.
  3. Give the name for the service as Customer Service.
  4. Press OK.

Open VS 2010

After the new project CustomerService project is created.

Then you will get three files:

  • IService.cs
  • Service.svc
  • Service.svc.cs

IService.cs page:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.ServiceModel.Web;
using System.Text;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;
using System.ServiceModel;

public interface IService

    List<CustomerDetails> GetCustomerDetails(string CutomerName);

    string InsertCustomerDetails(CustomerDetails customerInfo);

public class CustomerDetails
    string CutomerName = string.Empty;
    string firstname = string.Empty;
    string lastname = string.Empty;
    string address = string.Empty;

    public string CutomerName
        get { return CutomerName; }
        set { CutomerName = value; }
    public string FirstName
        get { return firstname; }
        set { firstname = value; }
    public string LastName
        get { return lastname; }
        set { lastname = value; }
    public string Address
        get { return address; }
        set { address = value; }

And write the following code in the Service.cs file:

Service.cs page:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.ServiceModel.Web;
using System.Text;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;

public class Service : IService
    SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(
       "Data Source=Sujeet;Initial Catalog=Register;User ID=sa;Password=123");

    public List<CustomerDetails> GetCustomerDetails(string CutomerName)
        List<CustomerDetails> CustomerDetails = new List<CustomerDetails>();
            SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(
              "select * from CustomerInfo where CutomerName Like '%'+@Name+'%'", con);
            cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@Name", CutomerName);
            SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter(cmd);
            DataTable dt = new DataTable();
            if (dt.Rows.Count > 0)
                for (int i = 0; i < dt.Rows.Count; i++)
                    CustomerDetails customerInfo = new CustomerDetails();
                    customerInfo.CutomerName = dt.Rows[i]["CutomerName"].ToString();
                    customerInfo.FirstName = dt.Rows[i]["FirstName"].ToString();
                    customerInfo.LastName = dt.Rows[i]["LastName"].ToString();
                    customerInfo.Address = dt.Rows[i]["Address"].ToString();
        return CustomerDetails;

    public string InsertCustomerDetails(CustomerDetails customerInfo)
        string strMessage = string.Empty;
        SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("insert into CustomerInfo(CutomerName," + 
           "FirstName,LastName,Address) values(@Name,@FName,@LName,@Address)", con);
        cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@Name", customerInfo.CutomerName);
        cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@FName", customerInfo.FirstName);
        cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@LName", customerInfo.LastName);
        cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@Address", customerInfo.Address);
        int result = cmd.ExecuteNonQuery();
        if (result == 1)
            strMessage = customerInfo.CutomerName + " inserted successfully";
            strMessage = customerInfo.CutomerName + " not inserted successfully";
        return strMessage;

Build your service and if successful then run your service in your browser and then you will get a URL link like below and copy that URL:


In this way your WCF service builds successfully.

Part 2: Create a Web Based Application (Client)

Now create your client application in your system:

  1. Create a Website
  2. Add Service Reference to a Web Application.
  3. Select your Website.
  4. Right click on it, Add Service Reference, then enter your Service URL and click Go.
  5. Give the name for your service -> OK.
  6. Open Service Reference

  7. Then automatically a proxy will be created in your client system.
  8. Write the following code in your source code:
  9. <html xmlns="">
    <head runat="server">
        <form id="form1" runat="server">
            <h2  >
                <strong>Cutomer  Form</strong></h2>
        <table align="center" class="style1">
                <td  >
                    <asp:TextBox ID="txtCutomerName" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>
                    <asp:RequiredFieldValidator ID="RequiredFieldValidator1" runat="server"
                        ControlToValidate="txtCutomerName" ToolTip="CutomerName Required"><imgsrc="delete.png" /></asp:RequiredFieldValidator>
                <td  >
                    First Name</td>
                    <asp:TextBox ID="txtfname" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>
                    <asp:RequiredFieldValidator ID="RequiredFieldValidator2" runat="server"
                        ControlToValidate="txtfname" ToolTip="Firstname Required"><imgsrc="delete.png" /></asp:RequiredFieldValidator>
                <td  >
                    Last Name</td>
                    <asp:TextBox ID="txtlname" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>
                    <asp:RequiredFieldValidator ID="RequiredFieldValidator3" runat="server"
                        ControlToValidate="txtlname" ToolTip="Lastname Required"><imgsrc="delete.png" /></asp:RequiredFieldValidator>
                <td  >
                    <asp:TextBox ID="txtAddress" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>
                    <asp:RequiredFieldValidator ID="RequiredFieldValidator4" runat="server"
                        ControlToValidate="txtAddress" ToolTip="Address Required"><imgsrc="delete.png" /></asp:RequiredFieldValidator>
                <td  >
                    <asp:Button ID="btnSubmit" runat="server" Text="Submit"
                        onclick="btnSubmit_Click" />
        <table align="center" class="style3">
                    <asp:Label ID="lblResult" runat="server"/>
                    <br />
                    <br />
                    <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server"BackColor="LightGoldenrodYellow"
                        BorderColor="Tan" BorderWidth="1px" CellPadding="2"ForeColor="Black"
                        GridLines="None" style="text-align: left" Width="304px">
                        <AlternatingRowStyle BackColor="PaleGoldenrod" />
                        <FooterStyle BackColor="Tan" />
                        <HeaderStyle BackColor="Tan" Font-Bold="True" />
                        <PagerStyle BackColor="PaleGoldenrod" ForeColor="DarkSlateBlue"
                            HorizontalAlign="Center" />
                        <SelectedRowStyle BackColor="DarkSlateBlue" ForeColor="GhostWhite"/>
                        <SortedAscendingCellStyle BackColor="#FAFAE7" />
                        <SortedAscendingHeaderStyle BackColor="#DAC09E" />
                        <SortedDescendingCellStyle BackColor="#E1DB9C" />
                        <SortedDescendingHeaderStyle BackColor="#C2A47B" />
  10. Add your service reference on the top.
  11. using ServiceReference1;
  12. Then create an object for Service Reference and use that object to call the methods from your service.
  13. Write the following code in your aspx.cs file.
Default.aspx.cs page:
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using ServiceReference1;

public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
    ServiceReference1.ServiceClient objService = new ServiceReference1.ServiceClient();

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        if (!IsPostBack)

    protected void BindUserDetails()
        IList<CustomerDetails> objUserDetails = new List<CustomerDetails>();
        objUserDetails = objService.GetCustomerDetails("");

        GridView1.DataSource = objUserDetails;

    protected void btnSubmit_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        CustomerDetails customerInfo = new CustomerDetails();
        customerInfo.CutomerName = txtCutomerName.Text;
        customerInfo.FirstName = txtfname.Text;
        customerInfo.LastName = txtlname.Text;
        customerInfo.Address = txtlocation.Text;
        string result = objService.InsertCustomerDetails(customerInfo);
        lblResult.Text = result;
        txtCutomerName.Text = string.Empty;
        txtfname.Text = string.Empty;
        txtlname.Text = string.Empty;
        txtAddress.Text = string.Empty;

By using this you have successfully inserted data in the database and you have also shown this in the grid view.

!! Happy Programming !!


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About the Author

Sujit Bhujbal
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Sujit Bhujbal is Senior Software Engineer having over 6 + years of Experience in 3.5,WPF,WCF and has worked on various platforms. He worked during various phases of SDLC such as Requirements and Analysis, Design and Construction, development, maintenance, Testing, UAT.

He is Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in /WCF Applications. He worked at various levels and currently working as a Senior Software Engineer.

His core areas of skill are Web application development using WPF,WCF , C#.Net, ASP.Net 3.5, WCF, SQL Server 2008, CSS, Java script Web design using HTML, AJAX and Crystal Reports

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