Step by Step Tutorial — Restful WCF Web Service and Jquery Mobile

This blog is to have the tutorial on creating WCF web services and connecting the web services in Jquery Mobile application.


  • Download and install the WCF restful services template , from online template screen from VS2010 ( Search for WCF restful template inside the visual studio).
  • Create the database “EmployeeDB
  • create a table with the name , below is the query to create the table
    CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Employees]( [EmployeeId] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [EmployeeName] [varchar](150) NOT NULL, [EmployeeEmail] [varchar](150) NOT NULL, [EmployeePhone] [varchar](50) NOT NULL ) ON [PRIMARY]

  • Insert the data into the table

WCF Service Part

Create a Restful web service  by selecting the REST template

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Delete the SampleItem.cs and Services.1 CS file which are generated automatically

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Create a new SVC file and name it EmployeeServices.svc

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Create a new Class file ClsEmployeeListing.cs

This is the section to create the getter and setters for the data members

using System.Runtime.Serialization; using System; [DataContract] public class ClsEmployeeListing { //string varClinicID; //string varClinicName; //string varClinicAddress; //string varclinicOperatingHours; [DataMember] public string EmployeePhone { get; set; } [DataMember] public string EmployeeEmail { get; set; } [DataMember] public string EmployeeName { get; set; } [DataMember] public string EmployeeID { get; set; } public ClsEmployeeListing(Int32 Eid, string Ename, string Eemail, string Ephone) { EmployeeID = Eid.ToString(); ; EmployeeName = Ename; EmployeeEmail = Eemail; EmployeePhone = Ephone; } }


using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Linq; using System.Runtime.Serialization; using System.ServiceModel; using System.Text; using System.Data.SqlClient; namespace EmployeeDemo { [System.ServiceModel.Activation.AspNetCompatibilityRequirements(RequirementsMode = System.ServiceModel.Activation.AspNetCompatibilityRequirementsMode.Allowed)] // NOTE: You can use the "Rename" command on the "Refactor" menu to change the class name "EmployeeServices" in code, svc and config file together. public class EmployeeServices : IEmployeeServices { public List<ClsEmployeeListing> GetEmployeeListing() { List<ClsEmployeeListing> mylist = new List<ClsEmployeeListing>(); using (SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection("server=WINDOWS7PC\\SQLEXPRESS;database=EmployeeDB;Persist Security Info=True;User ID=Appuser;Password=Prasad78;")) { conn.Open(); string cmdStr = String.Format("Select EmployeeID,EmployeeName,EmployeeEmail,EmployeePhone from Employees"); SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(cmdStr, conn); SqlDataReader rd = cmd.ExecuteReader(); if (rd.HasRows) { while (rd.Read()) { mylist.Add(new ClsEmployeeListing(rd.GetInt32(0), rd.GetString(1), rd.GetString(2), rd.GetString(3))); } } conn.Close(); } return mylist; } } }

Interface part


This is the section to add the web service method and URITemplate ( this is the name which we will be calling in web service URL)


URITemplate : EmployeeList

Service name : EmployeeServices.svc

Web service call would be  :http://localhost:8008/EmployeeServices.svc/EmployeeList

using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Linq; using System.Runtime.Serialization; using System.ServiceModel; using System.Text; using System.ServiceModel.Web; namespace EmployeeDemo { // NOTE: You can use the "Rename" command on the "Refactor" menu to change the interface name "IEmployeeServices" in both code and config file together. [ServiceContract] public interface IEmployeeServices { [OperationContract] [WebInvoke(Method = "GET", ResponseFormat = WebMessageFormat.Json, BodyStyle = WebMessageBodyStyle.Wrapped, UriTemplate = "EmployeeList")] List<ClsEmployeeListing> GetEmployeeListing(); } }

Web Config Part

Add the necessary configuration in web.config on the cross domain and service definition

<?xml version="1.0"?> <configuration> <system.web> <compilation debug="true" targetFramework="4.0"/> <customErrors mode="Off"/> </system.web> <system.serviceModel> <services> <service name="EmployeeDemo.EmployeeServices" behaviorConfiguration="EmpServiceBehaviour"> <endpoint address="" binding="webHttpBinding" bindingConfiguration="webHttpBindingJsonP" contract="EmployeeDemo.IEmployeeServices" behaviorConfiguration="web"/> <host> <baseAddresses> <add baseAddress="http://localhost:4671"/> </baseAddresses> </host> </service> </services> <behaviors> <serviceBehaviors> <behavior name="EmpServiceBehaviour"> <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true"/> <dataContractSerializer ignoreExtensionDataObject="true" maxItemsInObjectGraph="123456"/> <serviceDebug includeExceptionDetailInFaults="true"/> </behavior> </serviceBehaviors> <endpointBehaviors> <behavior name="web"> <dataContractSerializer ignoreExtensionDataObject="true" maxItemsInObjectGraph="123456"/> <webHttp/> </behavior> </endpointBehaviors> </behaviors> <bindings> <webHttpBinding> <binding name="webHttpBindingJsonP" crossDomainScriptAccessEnabled="true"/> </webHttpBinding> </bindings> <serviceHostingEnvironment aspNetCompatibilityEnabled="true" multipleSiteBindingsEnabled="true"/> </system.serviceModel> <system.webServer> <modules runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests="true"/> <!--<httpErrors errorMode="Detailed"></httpErrors>--> </system.webServer> </configuration>

Build the solution and deploy the web service in the IIS .

Jquery Mobile Part

Create a new filename Index.html

Add the Jquery mobile library  reference , reference can be in local or can be referenced to the jquery mobile library from CDN

<link rel="stylesheet" href="" /> <script src=""></script> <script src=""></script>

In this tutorial i have a created three section header , content , footer.  In the jquery mobile each section is identified by the attribute “data-role” in the DIV tag.

<div data-role="page"> <div data-role="header"> <h1>Header</h1> </div><!-- /header --> <div data-role="content"> <ul data-role="listview" data-inset="true" data-theme="b"id="EmployeeList"> </ul> </div><!-- /content --> <div data-role="footer"> <h4>Footer</h4> </div><!-- /footer --> </div><!-- /page --> </body>

Create a Ajax call to call our web services


Add the Ajax call in the document ready function

<script> $(document).ready(function () { $.ajax("http://localhost:8008/EmployeeServices.svc/EmployeeList", { beforeSend: function (xhr) { // $.mobile.showPageLoadingMsg(); }, complete: function () { // $.mobile.hidePageLoadingMsg(); }, contentType: 'application/json', dataType: 'jsonp', jsonp: 'callback', type: 'GET', error: function (xhr, ajaxOptions, thrownError) { alert(xhr.status); alert(xhr.responseText); //alert(thrownError); }, success: function (data) { var result = data.GetEmployeeListingResult; $.each(result, function (index, output) { $('#EmployeeList').append('<li> <a href=EmployeeDetails.html?EmployeeID=' + output.EmployeeID + '>' + output.EmployeeName + ' </a> .....</li>'); }); $('#EmployeeList').listview('refresh'); } }); }); </script>

Out put of the the web service would in json format , to bind the data from web service to the list , use the $.each(result, function (index, output) {  and give the reference to the UL list

$.each(result, function (index, output) { $('#EmployeeList').append('<li> <a href=EmployeeDetails.html?EmployeeID=' + output.EmployeeID + '>' + output.EmployeeName + ' </a> .....</li>'); }); $('#EmployeeList').listview('refresh');


For any queries , please email the query to vishnuprasad (dot) ramakrishnan (at) <yahoo> (dot) (com)


The source code for this tutorial has can be downloaded from here

Jquery Mobile Source Code

WCF Source Code


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  1. How to write the javascript if mobile part is done with Phonegap.I want to do the same(listview).. but with phonegap ..
    ‘ + output.EmployeeName + ‘ …..’… How to write this Part if i don’t have a EmployeeDetails.html file..My WCF service is running good..Plss Help me…

    1. hi Phone gap is plugin to to talk to the device features,. Its not for UI rending and design. If am not wrong you should use the notmal html or jquery mobile for UI

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