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Programming WCF Services Paperback – 2 Mar 2007

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Building SOAs with Windows Communication Foundation

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Juval Lowy is a software architect and the principal of IDesign (http://www.idesign.net), 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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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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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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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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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 idesign.net 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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