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Professional WCF 4: Windows Communication Foundation with .NET 4 Paperback – June 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470563144 ISBN-10: 0470563141 Edition: 1st

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Design and build state-of-the-art applications using WCF 4

Written by a team of Microsoft MVPs, this book arms you with a clear understanding of how the components of WCF 4 build on each other to provide a comprehensive framework for distributed enterprise applications. The authors explain the technical features of the WCF 4 stack and present three case studies that show you how these features are applied step by step. You'll also find out how to effectively use Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft Azure Platform AppFabric to develop solutions that maximize WCF 4 capabilities.

Professional WCF 4:

  • Walks you through the design of services and use of communication patterns in a correct and solid architecture

  • Explores the benefits of the WCF 4 bindings and messaging enhancements

  • Uncovers different ways to secure access to service operations

  • Describes working with workflow services to organize business processes and create long-running orchestrations

  • Explains how to build cloud-based integrations with .NET Services as part of the Azure Services Platform

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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About the Authors, Microsoft Connected System Developer MVPs

Pablo Cibraro is an enterprise architect and Regional CTO at Tellago as well as an MVP Connected System Developer.

Kurt Claeys is an architect and coach in developing .NET enterprise applications with a focus on integration implemented using WCF. He's an MCT, MCSD and MVP Connected System Developer.

Fabio Cozzolino is a Software Architect, Analyst, and Developer at FimeSan, a CompuGroup Company, and is an MVP in the Connected System Developer category.

Johann Grabner is a freelance trainer for Microsoft Learning Partners and an MVP Connected System Developer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470563141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470563144
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found the book well laid out, clear and concise.
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I suspect that the editing process was minimal and this book was rushed to print.
Paul Gehrman
This is the most poorly written technical book I have ever read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By duuuude on February 21, 2011
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I did read the reviews before I actually purchased this book. I am a seasoned, certified .NET developer. I have also written articles in various publications and have been an editor at times.

With this background, I have the following observations.

This is my first WCF book. This book is well organized and presents concepts at an appropriate level for me. The case studies are very practical, hands-on exercises which help reinforce concepts presented earlier in the book.

However, at the really detailed level, the book is poorly written/edited. The sheer volume of awkwardly worded sentences, grammatical errors, and typos is amazing. In addition, there are enough errors/omissions in the hands-on exercises that you really need to be on your toes as a developer to make these exercises work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jgatsby on December 31, 2010
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If you are trying to learn WCF for the first time, stay away from this book. The quality of writing is horrible and eventhough the authors are informed, the language will simply distract you from learning the material. Wait a couple of more weeks and order the new edition of "Learning WCF". I am using "Essential WCF" and it is far better than this book, I do not have to read the same sentence more than once and wonder how an editor let this pass.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susana Crosby on July 25, 2010
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Having read the one other review I was a bit reluctant to purchase this book. However, whilst you do come across some poorly written sentences the book itself is actually pretty useful. As a developer I have used WCF Services and to a large part I had copied others not really understanding what was really going on and why certain attributes/configurations were used. Well the fog has lifted. A read through this book has cleared all that up. I found the book well laid out, clear and concise. It's not too much of a brick and I found it pitched at just the right level.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. Walker on July 16, 2010
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I've only just begun to read this text, but I wanted to write a quick review since there are no others on Amazon.

A co-worker told me that Wrox had gone downhill in the past few years, and that "it seemed like they were trying to churn out books as fast as possible, crappy quality, poor editing, sloppy." Unfortunately, in the first few pages, I'm finding this to be the case.

So far, the writing style manages to get in the way of reading about even the most simple of concepts.

Here are a few excerpts that I find hard to read:
"SOA allows distributed applications to be organized. This means that the service consumers are running on different machines than the services. This allows the business logic and run user interfaces to be centralized or other consumers to be decentralized across the network."

"This approach makes it possible to create systems that are built out of services. The services make up the building blocks for the application which can be composed out of the service operations."

"Implementing code in this architecture is the way to make code and the functional behavior of it reusable for unknown uses in the future."

Technical books deserve to be written with the same care as a novel. Grammar, diction and editing are important. Unfortunately, this book seems to have been produced with little thought given to any of these.

The book was written by four co-authors, so I hope that I'm simply finding the voice of one of them confusing. After I get further in, I'll post an update regarding the quality of the subsequent chapters.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom P on January 23, 2012
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This book is poorly written. I doubt it went through an editing process at all. The often incoherent ramblings were enough for me to drop the book half way through in favor of finding a different book. I don't know how WROX can put their name on this. Any book with "Professional" in the title should be held up to a certain standard. I believe there are technically accurate things in this book, but I personally can't get past the lack of editing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Uri Katsir on September 24, 2010
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Very good book.
I loved the fact that almost no previous knowledge of WCF is required.
I read the book cover to cover and can honestly say that I gained a lot of knowledge.
the "Use cases" where the book walks you through a real world scenario and shows the implementation are amazing.
I started reading the book with very little knowledge of WCF and had been coding WCF ever since finishing the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Renatoneg on December 13, 2010
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I've been a software developer for many years by utitlizing various technologies, such as .net, java.
This book allowed me a swift achievement of my goals,lowering the WCF learning curve, although I had never utilized such technology before.
Moreover, it allowed me to get to a new extremely productive viewpoint by providing me with good suggestions on how to do things and the best practises to improve developing processes.
I suggest to all those people who have years of experience behind them with .NET framework to buy this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gehrman on December 29, 2010
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This book has some useful information to be sure, but the caliber of the writing is well below the standards of a professional book. I'm amazed that this book made it through an editor. I suspect that the editing process was minimal and this book was rushed to print.
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