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  • Paperback: 910 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596805489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596805487
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.5 x 23.3 cm
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Develop Cloud Applications with WCF for .NET 4.0

About the Author

Juval Lowy is a software architect and the principal of IDesign, specializing in .NET architecture consulting and advanced training. Juval is Microsoft’s Regional Director for the Silicon Valley, working with Microsoft on helping the industry adopt .NET 4.0. He participates in the Microsoft internal design reviews for future versions of .NET and related technologies. Juval has published numerous articles, regarding almost every aspect of .NET development, and is a frequent presenter at development conferences. Microsoft recognized Juval as a Software Legend, one of the world's top .NET experts and industry leaders.

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This is really the only book on service bus and pushing WCF with Azure AppFabric which is miles appart from Windows (iis 7.5) AppFabric Pro Windows Server AppFabric (Expert's Voice in .NET). Windows AppFabric and Azure AppFabric are as different as chalk and trees.

This book has virtual pages which far exceed the physical pages. This is not the first book you should read on WCF. Juval is very smart (been to his lectures) but it is high-end WCF. Infact its really another kind of C# (newer better) and nothing to do with Web Services, like WCF is way beyond web services. If you are just using WCF to replace WS* then maybe you beed a basic book
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Had great time reading the book. As a beginner to this technology, and an eager tcp/ip programmer, this book helped me create great services while understanding the technology behind.
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Well written, covers a lot of subtopics on WCF. Not a beginners book IMHO, but you should buy this cautiously if you are.

Make's the bible look like a one flight read.
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Purchased my first Kindle book using One-Click.
Would you believe it, it turned out to be the 1st Edition.
Be very careful in what you click - seems that all three versions are available for the Kindle all at the same price - daft!
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3.0 out of 5 stars When they say mastering, they mean it 22 Dec. 2010
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The book is quite thorough and detailed, but jumps right in to specific details that assume that you have completely mastered the basics. Don't look here if you are trying to build your first WCF application, but rather if you have one built or working, and want to delve into the finer points of security and other considerations.

I would have liked to have seen more guidance from the authors on the patterns for using the book. "once your app is working, then look at security in this way..., then look at transport considerations in this way...". That would make the book more of a directive tool and less of a reference-only tool.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough to get through, but worth it. 6 Jan. 2015
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You can't read this book casually if you are trying to learn WCF. You have to study it. However, this is actually a good thing and you will learn a lot if you try. For myself, to help retain the material, I made a power point presentation as if I was going to present WCF to a group at work. It was tough getting through it all but it was definitely worth it.

The only useful thing I've come across in my job that wasn't mentioned in this book is that a WCF service can also be hosted inside a windows service. A Google search will give you all you need to know to do that, but the possibility wasn't even mentioned.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 1 Sept. 2013
By sborisg - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book after attending Juval Lowy's Architecture Masterclass, this book gives you the most professional overview of a WCF as a whole new programming methodology rather then just new communication technology. The author has a really deep understanding of the matters he writes about. A must book for every modern SW developer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WCF definitive guide 4 May 2013
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Programming WCF Services is the most complete and most practical book about WCF. I've read half dozen of WCF books but Programming WCF Services remains the best one. Why is it that? It's because the book gives you nearly everything you need to know while working with WCF. From service hosting through comprehensive description of service transactions to great coverage of WCF security and messaging services - everything is there, covered in detailed but still readable way. Honestly, no other book goes to such details about transactions, concurrency management or security problems as this one.

But it is not all. Lowy also presents all knowledge in right context, so you don't just learn how to use the technology itself, but you will also understand when to apply it. In fact, there are actually two books in one. One about WCF and one about WCF design patterns accompanied with very helpful author's advices. From design patters, Lowy for instance presents complete implementation of publisher-subscriber pattern or bidirectional MSMQ service. These patterns (and many others) are so well presented, that it helped me to create my own implementation of publisher-subscriber system and many other things.

Even though the book is excellent tool not just for learning but also as a reference, there are few things you must consider before buying it.

1. If you don't have any experience with service programming, you should search for internet tutorials before reading it. The book doesn't contain any Step-by-step examples. It's still possible to understand it, but if you do some tutorials before, you will save some time.

2. The book doesn't contain any working examples. Even downloadable code doesn't contain single runnable service. Lowy everything presents on his own framework, that he developed for his own purposes. It is not bad idea to present samples on framework designed by WCF master, because it can inspire you to create something similar, but if you want to create even the simplest Hello World service, you will have to look for some tutorials. Fortunately WCF service programming is more about configuration than actual programming so it is not hard to create sample services by you.

3. The book doesn't cover WebHttpBinding and non-SOAP services. Also Peer binding or MSMQ integration binding is not covered here.

Lowy's Programming WCF Services is most practical book about WCF. It gives you nearly everything you should know about WCF. If you want to known even more - which is not necessary for most WCF developers, after reading this book look at Justin Smith's Inside WCF, where creation of WCF channels, factories and bindings is covered there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on the Best .Net Framework Feature 6 April 2011
By thorntongale - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the premier book on WCF. This is the 3rd edition of this book and includes .NET 4.0 including Asure AppFabric Service Bus. It is a total, complete, comprehensive, no-holds-barred coverage of WCF.

The thing I love about this book is the fantasic diagrams throughout. The author has a real talent for creating extremely powerful diagrams thus reducing complex topics into easily understood drawings.

This is a must-have book for any .NET programmer as both an interesting read as well as a reference.

Enuf said.
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