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Learning WCF: A Hands-on Guide

Learning WCF: A Hands-on Guide [Kindle Edition]

Michele Leroux Bustamante
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Master Windows Communication Foundation and SOA Fundamentals

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This easy-to-use introduction to Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is ideal for developers who want to learn to build services on a company network or as part of an enterprise system. Built into Windows Vista and Longhorn, and available for Windows XP and Windows 2003, WCF provides a platform for service-oriented architecture (SOA) that enables secure and reliable communication among systems within an organization or across the Internet. With WCF, software developers can focus on their business applications and not the plumbing required to connect them. Furthermore, with WCF developers can learn a single programming API to achieve results previously provided by ASMX, Enterprise Services and .NET Remoting. Learning WCF removes the complexity of using this platform by providing detailed answers, explanations and code samples for the most common questions asked by software developers.

Windows Communication Foundation (or WCF, formerly code name "Indigo") provides a set of programming APIs that make it easy to build and consume secure, reliable, and transacted services. This platform removes the need for developers to learn different technologies such as ASMX, Enterprise Services and .NET Remoting, to distribute system functionality on a corporate network or over the Internet. The first truly service-oriented platform, WCF provides innovations that decouple service design and development from deployment and distribution - creating a more flexible and agile environment. WCF also encapsulates all of the latest web service standards for addressing, security, reliability and more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5038 KB
  • Print Length: 610 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (17 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043D2EOA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Excellent!!! 17 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book to help pass the MCTS WCF certification. I had a copy of the offical MSPress study guide but found that book didn't provide me with sufficient understanding of some of the key areas of WCF. This book filled those gaps and more, the chapters on Bindings and Security are fantastic!

A Chapter typically begins with a overview of the topics covered before presenting code samples (available as a download from the accompanying website) specifically targeted at illustrating those concepts, each code sample is then further analysed and the relevant functionality is explained in detail. A summary concludes each chapter outlining what key aspects should have been learned allowing the reader to review any areas that didn't hit home - I found the book so well written however that this was rarely the case!

The Author's use of real world deployment scenarios and typical infrastructure requirements help make a concept that is at first glance highly baffling, easy to understand!

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn WCF!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable, even for seasoned developers 28 May 2008
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I originally intended to learn WCF from Juval Lowy's (excellent) book, however there were a few implementation details that I was having difficulty with because the delivery of the platform hadn't quite caught up with the development tools and operating systems (VS2008 and Windows 2008 Server respectively). So I found myself wrestling with such problems as how to deploy manageable non-HTTP services in a Windows Server 2003 environment, potential integration with CardSpace, and using message contracts to mimic asmx behaviour for SOAP headers, among other problems - this book has been worth the money on nearly all of these.

Where Juval Lowy's book is more abstract, this is more hands-on. There is more emphasis on concrete implementation of concepts here (although the level of detail is less deep). The style is clear without being patronising.

This book has been very useful in helping me to deal with the more practical issues of WCF adoption and deployment. I'd thoroughly recommend it as the perfect complement to Juval Lowy's book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've found 27 May 2009
As the title says, this is the best book I have found on WCF.
Learnt a lot from it.
Will probably learn a lot more when I finish it.
Well worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to start 28 April 2009
I've seen many books about WCF, some were good and some very bad. Usually I'm quite suspicious when I see a book with "Learning ...", "Getting Started ..." or any other title suggesting it's for the beginners. In the most cases content is either outdated or well known from blogs and other sources. I'm not really surprised with that. One of my colleagues is the O'Reilly author and I could see how long it takes to print a book. In that time most of people interested in the subject will be already familiar with it. There is no one to blame, it's just how it is.

That's why I hesitated with opening this book. I will not pretend I'm the WCF expert, even if some people are willing to say that. There are thousands of things in WCF I have no knowledge about whatsoever and many of them I found in this book. While I was expecting yet another silly book showing how to do yet another trivial "Hello World" example I found the book that really shows how to enter into SOA world. It's something quite amazing I have to admit. How often in such books you will find a detailed guide on how to version your service or how to interop with legacy applications. There are many bits and pieces here and there in the book that surprised me. That, in my opinion, delivers a clear message that author knew SOA. It's the second book I received from O'Reilly that I like, it's quite a thing.
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