Ajax.net 3.5 JSON and WCF Serialization

  • Thread starter Stilgar[bbs.iscabbs.com]
  • Start date


I'm trying some WCF ajax.net 3.5 out for the first time, and I'm
having some difficulties. I have a WCF Service which I have connected
to in my aspx page using <asp:ScriptManager>. I have a custom object
which has been decorated as a [DataContract]. I'm calling the object
from javascript successfully, I can see the JSON response in FireBug,
but Sys.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer.deserialize() chokes on
it. I'm sure I'm making a noob mistake, but I used up all my patience
getting the Web.Config values right for running the WCF service :)

Here's a mockup of what I'm doing (hopefully wrapping wont make it

// The custom object

namespace my.namespacehere
public class UserAccountData : IComparible
public Guid AccountGuid { get; set; }

public string Email { get; set; }

public string UserName { get; set; }

// Ctor and IComparible stuff omitted

// The WCF Service .svc.cs code

namespace my.namespacehere
[ServiceContract( Namespace = "AdminServices" )]
[AspNetCompatibilityRequirements( RequirementsMode =
public class LookupServices
public UserAccountData GetUserAccountData( Guid accountGuid )
// The code for the static lookup isn't included, but you
get the jist of it
return UserAccount.GetUserAccountData( accountGuid );

// Okay, here's the javascript code in the .aspx

<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
function getIt( userGuidReadFromInput )

AdminServices.LookupServices.GetUserAccountData( userGuidReadFromInput,

onSuccess, onFailure, null);

function onSuccess( result )
var parsed =
Sys.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer.deserialize( result );
catch (e)
// I _ALWAYS_ hit this with error:
// Cannot convertSys.ArgumentTypeException:
// Object of type 'Object' cannot be converted to type
'String'. Parameter name: data
alert("exception! " + e);
// If I got this far, I'd expect parsed.AccountGuid,
parsed.UserName and parsed.Email
// to contain my data

I can see the JSON being returned from the .svc in Firebug and it
looks like this:

f57f144af0a9","Email":"(e-mail address removed)","UserName":"LeeroyJenkins"}}

What am I overlooking?

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