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Error code 12031 in Ajax enabled wcf

  Author : Shailendra Chauhan
Posted On : 25 Sep 2012
Total Views : 38,538   
Updated On : 23 Nov 2016

From last couple of days I was trying to call a ajax enabled wcf service method with the help of jquery. But each and every time I am getting the error code 12031 returned by the service. I did googling for this error but I was unable to find the solution. After spending much time on R&D, I found the reason why I wa geeting this error.

In this article, I am going to share my experience with you so that you will be able to resolve this error in ajax enabled wcf service. I have the below service and code for calling wcf.

WCF Service

 namespace WCFBAL
 public class Employee
 public int EmpID;
 public string Name;
 public int Salary;
 public DateTime JoiningDate;
 [ServiceContract(Namespace = "")]
 [AspNetCompatibilityRequirements(RequirementsMode = AspNetCompatibilityRequirementsMode.Allowed)]
 public class WCFBALService
 [WebInvoke(Method = "POST")]
 public Employee GetEmpInfo(int mEmpID)
 //suppose you have a list of employee like as in the database
 List lst = new List() 
 new Employee { EmpID = 1, Name = "Deepak", Salary = 12000, JoiningDate = Convert.ToDateTime("11/05/2011") },
 new Employee { EmpID = 2, Name = "Mohan", Salary = 18000},
 new Employee { EmpID = 3, Name = "Mohan", JoiningDate = Convert.ToDateTime("06/10/2011") }
 var q = lst.Where(m => m.EmpID == mEmpID).FirstOrDefault();
 Employee mobjEmp = new Employee();
 if (q != null)
 mobjEmp.EmpID = q.EmpID;
 mobjEmp.Name = q.Name;
mobjEmp.Salary = q.Salary; // comment this line to expect same error 
 //The no error will be raised since "Salary" field is of int type and default value of int variable is "0", so zero value will be assigned to it. 
 mobjEmp.JoiningDate = q.JoiningDate; // comment this line and provide mEmpID=1 to raise error 
 //The error will be raised since "JoiningDate" field is not being serialized because this of DateTime and this has no default value and not assign any value to it.
 return mobjEmp;
 catch (Exception mex)
 return null;

WCF Service Method Calling Code

 <script src="Scripts/jquery-1.4.1.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script type="text/javascript">
 $('#btn').live('click', function () {
 // debugger;
 var value = $('#txtEmpID').val();
 if (value != '') {
 var strJSONFilterCriteria = '{"mEmpID":"' + value + '"}';
 $.ajax({ type: "POST", contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",
 url: '<%=ViewState["WCFBalUrl"]%>' + '/GetEmpInfo',
 data: strJSONFilterCriteria,
 dataType: "json",
 error: function (msg) {
 // debugger;
 alert('Service call failed: ' + msg.status + ' Type :' + msg.statusText);
 success: function (msg) {
 var str = "Emp ID:" + msg.d.EmpID + "\n";
 str += "Emp Name:" + msg.d.Name + "\n";
 str += "Emp Salary:" + msg.d.Salary + "\n";
 //str += "JoiningDate:" + new Date(parseInt(msg.d.JoiningDate.substr(6))) + "\n";
 } }); }
 return false;
 WCF Error Code 12031
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 Enter Employee ID (1-3)
 <asp:TextBox ID="txtEmpID" runat="server" ClientIDMode="Static"></asp:TextBox>
  <asp:Button ID="btn" runat="server" Text="Get Info" ClientIDMode="Static" />

I hope you will enjoy this trick while programming with Ajax enabled WCF. I would like to have feedback from my blog readers. Your valuable feedback, question, or comments about this article are always welcome.


Shailendra Chauhan
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