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John Sharp is the author of Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation Step by Step and Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Step by Step. He is a principal technologist for Content Master Ltd., where he works on technology and training projects for a variety of international customers.

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Product Details

  • Series: Step by Step Developer
  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735645566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735645561
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Sharp gained an honors degree in Computing from Imperial College, London. He has been developing software and writing training courses, guides, and books for over 25 years. John has experience in a wide range of technologies, from database systems and UNIX through to C, C++ and C# applications for the .NET Framework, together with Java and JavaScript development. He has authored several books for Microsoft Press, including six editions of C# Step By Step, two editions of Windows Communication Foundation Step By Step, and the J# Core Reference.

John also writes for the Patterns and Practices group within Microsoft, and has helped to develop several guides covering a variety of areas, including Windows Azure, software development, and data access.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson VINE VOICE on January 18, 2011
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This is a good resource for learning WCF. It covers a ton of topics and they are shown in the context of real world applications.

The book starts out with a few chapters introducing WCF and Hosting possibilities.

It then contains chapter on securing an enterprise (intranet) as well as what it takes to secure a service exposed to the internet. These are great chapters, but a little confusing when it comes to the certificate deployment to the clients. I also would have like to have seen how to specifically secure Ajax and WPF clients over the internet.

The book then covers transactions, reliable sessions, performance, discovery, routing, REST, asynchronous operations, workflows, state, and data contracts.

The main thing I like about the book is the attempt to show real world situations.

The main thing I thought the book could use was some diagrams (UML or whatever) to help describe the execution of some of the code being explained and to help show some context. I would have also liked to see a complete chapter on just configuration. None of the books I have seen on WCF have very good details on configuration.

The code samples are well organized and very usable.

This is a book that must be read. It is not a quick reference. That is not a bad thing, the explanations are thorough, just not in a quick look up format.

All in all I recommend reading this book. It contains a ton of information and is one of the better WCF 4 books available.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By LaelZ on December 29, 2010
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I've been looking for a good WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) 4.0 book for a while. When I read the other reviews it seemed clear those books were not what I was looking for. I'm only beginning the 2nd chapter and have skimmed the book. This book provides not only easy to follow examples (which you can download) but explains context. This is not a "reference manual" or just a "recipie book".
When you are done with the first chapter, you will have implemented a service, created a client to consume it, and then hosted it inside an IIS application. The author uses the simplest approach for things such as data access so that in several clicks you have your data access setup. That way you can focus on learning WCF.

I've actually written several WCF services but never felt I really understood what was going on. As a result I was making some tasks far more difficult than they needed to be. I'm confident that when I'm done with this book that will all change.

I'll update this if my rating changes after I get further into the book.

I'm glad I heeded the warnings of others and waited for this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert M. Vanegas on December 13, 2011
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Book review - "Windows Communication Foundation 4 - Step by Step", by John Sharp
ISBN-13: 978-0-735-64556-1

Hi, This book is about WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) which is Microsoft's API for building SOA (service oriented application) infrastructures. SOA is very important because todays devices (especially tablets, smartphones, IPADS). all need to make HTTP calls to some URL addressable endpoint, whether it be SOAP based, REST based or just simple HTTP xml services. HTTP over TCP/IP is the universal transport mechanism for all these web-enabled devices. Lest we forget, SOA's also can serve as the building blocks for calls to get data for websites, Silverlight or FLASH based apps as well.

I am very interested in SOA architectures and believe that they are very important to any organization's IT department as a mechanism to eventually have "building blocks" of services which make the application of business logic or some type of workflow process easier to consistently apply this logic across the organization.
It also allows organizations to more rapidly build applications because once you have an SOA architecture in place, these services can be called from any client-side environment such as a web page, mobile device, tablet or whatever else may come down the pike.

Another key advantage is the fact that SOA's usually use standardized data exchange formats such as XML or JSON so that different devices from different manufacturers (android/IOS/Blackberry/Windows Phone) all can understand the data while abstracting away concepts such as operating system type or CPU architecture etc.. In other words, SOA's when correctly built are platform agnostic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book worm on November 22, 2011
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The book is thick and full of information but if you're like me who has no idea what a WCF to start with, and in a hurry to learn the concepts for your project and have no time to browse through the pages, then I would suggest getting Mike Liu's book.

I'm using this book as reference after I have created my services because there are a lot of things I need to learn and understand about WCF that this book fully explains. Just four stars because I'm not really a fan of thick books just to get the point across. I've learned to create my services in 4 short chapters in the other book while I have to read so much pages with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Smith on September 2, 2013
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I'm not an absolute novice. I'm about to graduate with a master's degree in IS. I don't know anything about WCF or IIS. The book seems simple and the reviews give it great praise. However, the author doesn't care to deviate or explain elsewhere (whether that is on another site or in the appendix) what to do IF you have an issue with a periphery issue such as "Why after doing EVERYTHING YOU SAID, IIS still won't run my app which was working a minute ago in Visual Studio Development Server?" I've been stuck on Chapter 1 for 2 weeks. I've been to iis.net and asp.net and other websites to get help and I've not gotten anywhere but a wild goose chase trying to figure out why IIS won't allow my app to deploy. This is one of the most important freaking things the book should ensure you can do!

I do believe he could have taken the time to give us a step-by-step approach to manually doing what we needed to do--even if it wasn't a best practice just so we can at least do the exercises in the book. A book like this needs to make sure its readers have a firm foundation to start and complete most if not all of the book. I can't even get started!

So just an FYI, if you aren't an expert in IIS or some other related issue and you have problems, you are SCREWED!

FYI: To resolve the incomplete information on how to deploy your site on IIS, The book Beginning ASP.NET 4.5: in C# and VB by Imar Spaanjaars, provides all the information you need in Chapter 19 and Appendix B to configure SSMS, the File System, and IIS as needed. The book also confirms my suspicions the author should have considered the needs of his readers and added an appendix that dealt with these issues as the above author does.
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