I know Robin and others deploy winforms apps to client workstations using clickonce which then interact with distant databases for the usual crud stuff. I am interested in evaluating this approach but it does not seem to be a modality that is covered very well...or at least I've not found a lot of sources.
Can anyone share the details of how they handle data interactions for these kinds of applications? Or, are there frameworks out there that have been developed with the winforms - internet - server topology in mind?
There were some MS apps (one was named taskmanager or something like that) that demo'd this kind of approach, but I think they are rather stale at this point or defunct as examples. I know the approach is viable and is used for commercial apps. I would love to find an app with source code that I could study and learn from.
It may be that silverlight with ria services will ripen soon...in theory that's close to what I'm looking for. But it looks pretty raw at this point. I'm pretty new to .net dev and I'm sure I'd learn a lot from building some winforms - internet - server apps in the next year, regardless of what approach I take later.
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