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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (29 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735623066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735623064
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,428,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Justin Smith is an expert on building distributed applications and a developer evangelist at Microsoft. He is a former trainer and consultant at Wintellect where he helped develop the Windows Communication Foundation course for professional developers. Justin regularly speaks at industry and user-group events, including DevWeek and MSDN Code Camp.

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Format: Paperback
This is not a regular WCF book and if you are looking to learn WCF for the first time then surely this is not the book for you.

However, this is just the right book for you if you want to extend WCF at different levels e.g. channels, inspectors, content based routing etc.
It covers in great detail the internals of WCF, how WCF framework works in terms of low level details. This is quite useful you want to extend WCF lets say for custom credential validation, SOAP envelope transformations on the way in and out.

I have now read this book further and I can confirm that this is really a great book for any serious SOA developer. I am impressed.
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Amazon.com: 12 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good Reference, Poor Learning Tool 11 July 2008
By Benjamin E. Reece - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While the author definitely has a command of the subject matter, this is perhaps the book's downfall. The book is written as less of a learning aide and as more of a reference to WCF. After reading it, I would say the target audience is an experienced SOA developer migrating over to WCF.

While I think it is a little better than MSDN, it is definitely not a casual read. SOA / Distributed-app beginners beware: if you are wanting a quick guide to getting things started in WCF, this is NOT the book for you. Experienced developers in distributed or SOA technologies might want to take a look at this book, however.

If it were a book about flying airplanes, the subject matter would discuss the minutia of avionics, flight control systems, and instrumentation; but provide very little about flight procedures.

I gave it 4 stars because it is definitely a solid book, but for the appropriate reader. If you have experience with SOA, then it is worth your time. If not, look elsewhere first and make this your 2nd or 3rd book on the subject.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
interesting details but so what? 13 July 2008
By MyUndecidedPenName - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book does tell you how some parts of the WCF are implemented but the extra information is not uniformly useful, and without additional guidance on how to apply the newly found "insider" information, the book misses an opportunity to be a really good teaching tool.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Simply a Great 10 Dec 2007
By Timmy_A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
One of the greatest 'Inside' book I've ever read. Author did a fantastic job.
Excellent writing, sapmles are easy to understand also for not so experienced WCF programmers like me (this was my second book I've read about WCF after Programming WCF Services (Programming) by Juval Lowy).
Book has just 300 pages but it's because there is absolutely no fluffy filler like in many IT books.
I think this book is fully comparable to Jeffrey Richter's legendary programming books.

Using this book I was able to create my own custom WCF channels (transport and non-transport) and bindings.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Essence of WCF - You need to know this stuff ! 5 April 2011
By Lou Gutnicki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whether you are first learning WCF, or you have been working with WCF for a while, you will find the information in this book essential. Smith explains exactly what WCF AND SOA are all about with clarity. He gives you the information you will need to work confidently with this important platform. The two other books that I have read, namely Bustamante's (several times) and Lowy's, are missing the most vital information bits that you would expect in books detailing technology: A) What is it? B) Why should I care? Instead both books jump into myriad detail without ever giving the clear high-level picture to explain the WCF raison d'etre. This is why I believe that Smith's book is so important. On the other hand, Smith's book does not go into minute level of detail. So, you may want one of these as a secondary book.
On a personal note, I had been working with WCF and also took the MS certification test for WCF, armed only with a background based mostly on Bustamante's book. My experience was that I narrowly failed the WCF test (my first certification failure ever and I took many tests). Also, I had this queasy feeling that I really did not have a good handle on WCF. Justin Smith's book definitely changed that.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
No practical examples 29 May 2008
By John smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book lacks practical examples. It is very much like reading MSDN - a run down of interfaces and classes and very short code snippets. There are no real-life examples.

The book basically covers Message, Channels and Channel messages but only makes cryptic comments on how these concepts apply to real life uses.

Because the contents are similar to those you find MSDN, I recomend this book as reference. If you want a practical book that shows how to use WCF in real-life applications, this book is not it.

In my opinion this book is boring and over priced.

Thank you.
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