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ISBN-13: 978-0596101626 ISBN-10: 0596101627 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 610 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (June 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596101627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596101626
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Master Windows Communication Foundation and SOA Fundamentals

About the Author

Michele Leroux Bustamante is Chief Architect of IDesign Inc., Microsoft Regional Director for San Diego, Microsoft MVP for Connected Systems and a BEA Technical Director. At IDesign Michele provides training, mentoring and high-end architecture consulting services focusing on Web services, scalable and secure architecture design for .NET, interoperability and globalization architecture. She is a member of the International .NET Speakers Association (INETA), a frequent conference presenter, conference chair for SD West, and is frequently published in several major technology journals. Michele is also on the board of directors for IASA (International Association of Software Architects), and a Program Advisor to UCSD Extension. Her latest book is Learning WCF (O'Reilly 2007) - see her book blog here: http://www.thatindigogirl.com. Reach her atmlb@idesign.net, or visit http://www.idesign.net and her main blog at http://www.dasblonde.net.


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They start easy and build nicely through more complex concepts.
Billy Hollis
I think its a good book for those who are new to WCF and want to learn WCF.
Alon
Her examples and labs were simply too difficult to follow easily.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Billy Hollis VINE VOICE on November 14, 2007
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You may want to acquire various other WCF books for depth, but if you're just getting started with WCF, this is the book you want. There isn't another book out there that compares to it. It's cleanly written and nicely balances conceptual material on service orientation with the practicalities of Windows Communication Foundation.

Many other books on WCF take the form of a "brain dump" on WCF features, or get bogged down in conceptual discussion of Service Oriented Architecture. Instead, Ms. Bustamante has a very clear, logical path from simple WCF features to more complex. You won't be overwhelmed early, but you will eventually get to most of the advanced features you'll likely need. Other books, such as Juval Lowy's Programming WCF Services (Programming), can pick up at that point for the really advanced topics.

Many of the chapters contain step-by-step labs, and you can get working end results from the author's web site. They start easy and build nicely through more complex concepts.

The sample code in the book is in C#, but if you happen to be a Visual Basic developer (as I am), you're not left out. Many of the labs and samples are also available in VB on the author's web site.

The book was unfortunately published too early to include definite coverage of the Visual Studio 2008 features for automatically generating some of the code you need to use WCF. Those capabilities are in the Visual Studio 2008 beta now and will be released in the next few months. Some of the labs could have been simplified by using those Visual Studio features. But, on the positive side, working through the labs in more detail will give you a more in-depth understanding of the subject and enable you to use the Visual Studio features more effectively.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Larry W. Clement on November 23, 2009
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There were two printings of the first edition. The 2nd printing has all the labs and examples in VS2008. The first printing uses VS2005. I ordered this book from Amazon well after the 2nd printing was out (I ordered the book in late April 2009...the 2nd printing was in Aug 2008)...BUT...Amazon still sent me the first printing which is less than helpful given that our office has moved to VS2008.

You can get an update of Chapter 1 from the author's blog site. But you will not be able to see updates to the remainder of the book. You should insist that Amazon tell you which print version you're getting before having this book shipped.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Besly on June 18, 2007
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I have trawled round quite few books, articles, samples etc which all promised instant knowledge of WCF. Fortunately I came across Michele's book before I gave up in despair. I found the style just refreshing; it talked you through the concepts in bite-sized chunks and never tried to swamp you in technology.
Not just that, but Hands-On-Labs as well; yes, labs that work out of the box and demonstrate the principal at issue. Not just labs but solutions too that actually work. It does exactly what it says on the tin.
I've found this "tell it how it is and provide working samples" to be a real novelty in the WCF space.
If you want to get WCF-competent, then get this book. If you want to trash around in the dark for a few more weeks, then there's plenty of others I could suggest.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. LEW on July 12, 2007
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A very thorough treatment of WCF backed by hands-on labs. The labs are simple yet drive the concepts home. And once you've done a lab you can easily apply the lesson in your professional project.

Chapters 1 -5 and 8 are the most useful to my situation, although I would have liked chapter 8 (on Exceptions and Faults) to be a tad deeper on fault handling, especially regarding the catching of FaultException<T> at the client side.

That said, off the bat I was professionally operational as soon as I had digested chapter 1. Chapter 2 explained Contracts, the agreement between services and clients. That chapter clarifies how server and client sides cooperate. Chapter 3 explains Bindings and allows you to make wise choices regarding which channel etc... will best serve your need. Chapter 4 explains Hosting. It was good to get simple but very helpful tips like the recommendation to have a console host in the project even though the main production hosting will be say, IIS or a Windows Service host. The console host is so invaluable during debugging sessions where I do not have to constantly stop and start a Windows service host. Chapter 5 adds more to hosting by explaining instancing and when the need for concurrency arises.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom Graham on September 11, 2012
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The author states on the book's website:

"....Learning WCF first edition was originally printed by O'Reilly in 2007. It was reprinted in August 2008 and then again in May 2009 to reflect changes to the existing book for Visual Studio 2010 (this mostly affected Chapter 1 labs which rely on the developer tools) and some minor updates throughout the book that were necessary to reflect working with Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 3.5. Check the print date on your copy to be sure you have the May 2009 version if you are completing labs with Visual Studio 2010...."

I'm disappointed to have received, in September 2012 from Amazon, not the current 2009 version of this book, but the older 2007 version. Possibly the problem was caused when O'Reilly designated the updated version a "printing" rather than an "edition."

So, I'm using WCF Step By Step by John Sharp instead. Its practical learn-by-doing approach works well for me. Chapter 1 provided a walk-through example that I was able to adapt to create a working prototype of the app I had in mind when I set out to learn how to use WCF, so I don't think I'll need much more for now. My goals were pretty simple-- I wanted a data source for a SharePoint/InfoPath solution that was not tightly coupled to the database server.
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