To create barcodes we will use ASP.NET web services. Not only that, we will also create Windows Forms and Console application to request barcode image.

What is The Benefits?

Well, web services provide a major benefit in integrating the software with external applications. With standardized request/response model, any client application that can utilize XML web service can benefit from it.Below is the brief visual representation of the barcode service. The clients do not need to refer to Aspose.BarCode for .NET. They will just send 2 string values (codetext and symbology) and will get the barcode image (byte array) from service.

Barcode Web Service
Now, open Microsoft Visual Studio. Create a new project of type “ASP.NET Web Service Application”. Name the project as “BarCodeService”. Add reference to the following .NET assemblies.

  1. System.Drawing from .NET tab of “Add Reference” dialog box
  2. Aspose.BarCode.

Browse to the location where Aspose.BarCode for .NET is installed and select. Visual Studio adds a default class “Service1” to the Web Service project in Service1.asmx file.
Open it and add the following method to this class.

The web method needs the following two parameters from client:

  1. Codetext
  2. Symbology

These parameters are of String type. The parameters are passed to the BarCodeBuilder class, which then creates the barcode and sends the barcode image in the form of byte array to the client.
This web method can be called by any kind of application that can consume a web service.


Consume Web Service from Windows Forms Application

Open Visual Studio and create a new project of type “Windows Application”. Name the project as “ GetBarCodeWinForms ”. Add reference to the web service by right clicking on “References” and then choosing “Add Service Reference” from the context menu. Type the address of web service or discover it. After getting the correct service, give “BarCodeService” in the Namespace and click on “Ok” button to add the reference.

Design the forms as follows.

It contains the following controls:

  1. Textbox: Input codetext from user
  2. Combobox: Input symbology type from user
  3. Button: Call web service
  4. Picturebox: Display the barcode image

Write the following code on click event of the button.

Run the application, specify some values and click on the “Get Barcode” button. The application will consume the barcode web service and get the barcode image from it. The image will then be displayed on the form as below.

Consume Web Service from a Console Application

Create a new project in Visual Studio and choose “Console Application” in project type. Name the project as “ GetBarCodeConsole ”. Add the reference to the barcode service, just as we gave above in the winforms application.Write the below code in the main() method.

Run the application, it will consume the barcode web service, get barcode image and save the image locally to disk.

Summary

Aspose.BarCode for .NET can easily be used in ASP.NET web services to generate the barcodes and serve the barcode image to various clients.