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Programming WCF Services [Paperback]

Juval Lowy
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2 Mar 2007 0596526997 978-0596526993 1

Written by Microsoft software legend Juval Lowy, Programming WCF Services is the authoritative introduction to Microsoft's new, and some say revolutionary, unified platform for developing service-oriented applications (SOA) on Windows. Relentlessly practical, the book delivers insight, not documentation, to teach developers what they need to know to build the next generation of SOAs.

After explaining the advantages of service-orientation for application design and teaching the basics of how to develop SOAs using WCF, the book shows how you can take advantage of built-in features such as service hosting, instance management, asynchronous calls, synchronization, reliability, transaction management, disconnected queued calls and security to build best in class applications. Programming WCF Services focuses on the rationale behind particular design decisions, often shedding light on poorly-documented and little-understood aspects of SOA development. Developers and architects will learn not only the "how" of WCF programming, but also relevant design guidelines, best practices, and pitfalls. Original techniques and utilities provided by the author throughout the book go well beyond anything that can be found in conventional sources.

Based on experience and insight gained while taking part in the strategic design of WCF and working with the team that implemented it, Programming WCF Services provides experienced working professionals with the definitive work on WCF. Not only will this book make you a WCF expert, it will make you a better software engineer. It's the Rosetta Stone of WCF.

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (2 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596526997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596526993
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building SOAs with Windows Communication Foundation

About the Author

Juval Lowy is a software architect and the principal of IDesign (, specializing in WCF architecture consulting and advanced WCF training. Juval is Microsoft's Regional Director for the Silicon Valley, working with Microsoft on helping the industry adopt WCF. He is author of O'Reilly's bestselling "Programming .NET Components", widely recognized by many as the best book for developing .NET-based systems. Juval participates in the Microsoft internal design reviews for WCF and related technologies. He publishes numerous articles on nearly every aspect of .NET development and is a frequent presenter at development conferences. Microsoft has recognized Juval as a Software Legend and as one of the world's top .NET experts and industry leaders.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough but won't get you up and running 8 Sep 2008
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This book is very thorough and probably a great reference but if you want to get up and running asap then this isn't the book to choose. The bulk of the "code" consists merely of function prototypes which I can't see the point of at all. There is virtually no sample code that shows how something practical might be achieved so maybe buy this book if you're starting to get heavily into WCF - but not when you're starting off.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost goes without saying 16 April 2007
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I have little doubt that, if not already, this will become the definitive guide to WCF. This is essentially Programming .NET components, but with the emphasis on WCF - something evident in the way that the early chapters apply the component oriented principles in his earlier book to service oriented architecture. That is not to say the book is simply a rehash - it's an essential text for any .NET developer, whether or not you are using WCF. One of the things that is emphasized is that if you develop software that works on more than 1 PC then you should be developing service oriented systems, and if you develop service oriented systems in .NET then you should be using WCF.

My only criticism of the book is that it does not provide a contextual background for existing users of previous distributed technologies (asmx web services, remoting, etc). However this is entirely understandable given that the whole point of WCF is to abstract these technologies into a common framework.

The code is all in C# and it does get a little hard going at times but there isn't a single wasted line in this book. It will serve well as both a (steep) learning curve and a reference guide. An essential purchase for all .NET developers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for WCF developers 24 July 2007
This is 'the' reference guide for WCF. If you have read and enjoyed Programming .NET Components then you must own this book. Although there are some tricky concepts to grasp I've always found Juval Löwy makes subjects very easy to understand. You can also check out the web site for code examples that relate to sections in the book. The book also contains coding standards for WCF that you can trust. An excellent book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly written. Gave up after Chapter 1. 4 July 2012
I normally don't leave reviews, but I think that this book is really poorly written. I'm a competent software engineer and I normally pick things up very quickly. This wasn't the case.

It appears that first chapter attempts to scare you and simply overload you with information. It has code examples which are not complete and appear to be pointless. It can't be followed as a tutorial and it gets into too many details.

I'm very annoyed with this purchase.
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