In this article, I will show you, how we can achieve server side paging in WCF
Note: IF you are new to WCF Data Service, please read my other articles on WCF
PPT on WCF
Introduction to WCF Data Service
Here, I am assuming that, you have basic understanding of WCF Data service. So I
will start with the code in .svc file or service file.
If we see in above code, we are setting the access rule for all the entity in
the model to allow only the read operation.
How to enable paging at server side?
To enable paging at server side, we need to set the page the entity page size
and also we need to explicitly set the version of the protocol to V2.
We are telling here that return only one record for all the entities.
Now when, we run the service, we can see
When, we navigate to Students table, we get the above result.
If , we notice above result , we can see , a link that will be used to navigate
to next records.
How to fetch paged data at client side?
If we fetch the data at the client side in normal way as below,
Output, you will get name of only first student, because page size at server
side is set to 1.
So, if we want to get all the record through paging, we need to use Continuation
property of DataServiceCollection.
So, above code will load the DataServiceCollection with all the data from the
service. And then we can use normal foreach statement to print all the records
staticvoid Main(string args)
students = newDataServiceCollection<Student>(ent.Students);
(students.Continuation != null)
(var r in
When you run output would be as below,
So, this was all about how to enable server side paging in WCF Data Service.
Thanks for reading. I hope article was useful. Happy Coding.