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Data transfer from VB .NET client and ASP .NET cloud server

I am writing a VB13 .NET forms client application and a ASP .NET server Web application (Azure hosted).
I need to transfer text data from the client to the server and vice versa in the background.
e.g. - capture data in client and send to server
       - Populate client VB form with data from server database
       - Send command from client to tell server which page to display
       - Send command from server to client to say 'finished'

so that the two applications can be 'synchronised' somewhat.
Is there a simple way of doing this, please?
(I am fairly experienced in VB forms but a novice in ASP Web programming)

Thanks.
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Are you using SQL Azure for the backend of the website?
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At present I am just using Azure as a convenient place to host the application.
I may or may not use SQL Azure when complete, depending on the economics. I need a solution that is independent of Azure, i.e. a method.
Having an API would make this easy. Create some WebAPI methods that your client application can then call.
The idea sounds good - but I did mention that, whilst I am VB forms experienced, I am a ASP and Web Forms novice. So, I have no idea how to go about creating a suitable WebAPI. Can you point to any examples, please?
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Thank you.
I will work through the examples and, hopefully, learn enough to move forward.
Thanks for your help, time and patience.
Glad to help :-)