Inside Windows® Communication Foundation (Pro Developer) Paperback – 29 May 2007
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About the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
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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The big picture view (context) is important, because as the author pointed out, WCF is a technology that occurs once in a blue moon. WCF is intended to be the new "foundation", a holistic solution, performing the functionality that several products did in a piece-meal fashion: .NET remoting, ASMX/web services, MSMQ, COM+, DCOM, and RPC.
That said, WCF is vast, with it's own vocabulary, and perhaps alien to even seasoned .NET developers. Decomposed and analyzed, there is nothing particularly intimidating about the individual topics, but as a whole, WCF can be intellectually difficult to grasp at first.
A significant component of WCF is about rules and contracts, and unless you are some kind of super-robot, absorbing this kind of material is daunting to say the least. Don't be surprised if you need some time to "get it", or become productive.
Justin is a good candidate to deliver this information, with the required experience and perspective of someone who has worked hands-on with both WCF and the preceding alternatives. The writing style is good, and each section has some meaningful context.
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.
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.
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