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Programming WCF Services: Mastering WCF and the Azure AppFabric Service Bus Paperback – September 2, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0596805487 ISBN-10: 0596805489 Edition: Third Edition

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  • Paperback: 910 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Third Edition edition (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596805489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596805487
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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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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Juval Lowry is a software architect and the principal of IDesign, a .Net-focused consulting and training company.

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It will make you want to learn WCF and sincerely become a better programmer.
Siddharth Jain
A great strength of WCF is that it allows the consumption of general SOAP based web service to be as easy as consuming WCF services.
H. Zhang
It's because the book gives you nearly everything you need to know while working with WCF.
Timmy_A

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Average Guy on December 22, 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.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kad on March 26, 2011
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I've recently written two applications using WCF. One without the benefit of this book and one with. Without this book, I used search engines and Microsoft reference material and blogs. I got a lot of data but precious little knowledge. I finished the project and it works. However, I knew my WCF skills were not yet where they needed to be.
With the second application, I began with this book. My confidence level was much higher by the time I began coding and testing. The application uses DLL injection and both ends are in Windows forms. I surmounted all problems with the rich detail in this book. It's rare to find a book that you prefer over all the data that can be obtained from search engines. My book has many, many highlighted sentences I refer to during development. It is indispensable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Zhang on January 12, 2012
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I just want to write a very brief review to echo the views of many other reviewers of all editions of this book.

1.This is a comprehensive book on WCF for people who want to have a thorough understanding of WCF.
2.Beginners should avoid this book because it may make WCF so intimidating that, I am afraid, some may seek alternatives to WCF after a look at this book. Microsoft has done a great job in making WCF so easy to implement that some simple use of web services can be implemented literally in minutes both on the server side and the client side. This book is great for advanced users who want a deep understanding of WCF. One may never need such a book if he only has some light use of web services.

A great strength of WCF is that it allows the consumption of general SOAP based web service to be as easy as consuming WCF services. This is one of significant advantages making .Net stand out as a superior framework. Unfortunately, this book does not elaborate on this. Just one or two pages explaining SOAP, WS1.2, Addressing 1.0, etc. would be very beneficial to readers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Priya on September 2, 2011
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I bought this book especially to get details about Security in WCF, which is very hard to find. Most of the books just give few lines about Security and then refer you to other books. This book did justice to the topic and provided adequate details for me to now go and get details for specific security features I want to implement.
Liked the format of the book. Starts explanation from a basic level and then gets into more details, but not too much to bore you.
Definitely recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gottahaveajava on July 18, 2012
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I'm hoping to retract this statement in a few days, but as I read the reviews of this book, I find myself wondering what volume the reviewers have been reading. It's not the volume I've been reading.

I've been surprised and disappointed to find little of practical use in Programming WCF Services.

Every time I have a problem and I turn to this book for guidance, I quite often find that the topic I'm researching isn't even covered. My area in WCF is security, and the security chapter is maddeningly abstract and off the mark. I don't need a lecture on the high-level requirements of various security models, I need to know what to use in WCF to make those models actually work.

There is also a preoccupation with the wonders of his ServiceModelEx that distracts from the task at hand: understanding WCF itself.

I'm hoping I've missed something, and I'm going to try for the third time to dig deep and see what this book has to offer.

However, my first two passes and a variety of task-specific lookups have left me thinking that this book promises a lot more than it delivers.

Seriously, if I suddenly get it on this pass, I'll come back and revise my review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timmy_A on May 4, 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.
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