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Essential Windows Communication Foundation (WCF): For .NET Framework 3.5 1st Edition

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"Whether this is the first time or the fifty-first time you're using WCF, you'll learn something new by reading this book." --Nicholas Allen, Program Manager, Web Services, Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is the easiest way to produce and consume Web services on the Microsoft platform. With .NET 3.5, WCF has been extensively revamped--and Visual Studio 2008 gives developers powerful new tools for utilizing it. Essential Windows Communication Foundation shows developers exactly how to make the most of WCF with .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008. Drawing on extensive experience working with early adopters, three Microsoft insiders systematically address the topics developers ask about WCF. The authors approach each subject with practical advice and present best practices, tips, and tricks for solving problems. Throughout, you'll find detailed explanations, solutions for the "pain points" of WCF development, and an extensive collection of reusable code examples. Coverage includes
  • Using WCF contracts to define complex structures and interfaces
  • Understanding WCF's channel stacks and channel model architecture
  • Configuring the WCF communication stack to use only the protocols you need
  • Using standard and custom service behaviors to manage concurrency, instances, transactions, and more
  • Serializing data from .NET types to XML Infosets and representing Infosets "on the wire"
  • Hosting WCF services via IIS, managed .NET applications, and Windows Activation Services
  • WCF security, in depth: authentication; transport and message-level security; and Internet and intranet scenarios
  • Improving reliability: exception handling, diagnostics, and more
  • Workflow services: new integration points between WCF 3.5 and Windows Workflow Foundation
  • Building client-to-client, peer network-based applications
  • Utilizing WCF for non-SOAP Web services: AJAX and JSON examples and .NET 3.5 hosting classes
Microsoft's Steve Resnick, Richard Crane, and Chris Bowen are technology experts at the Microsoft Technology Center in Boston. They specialize in helping customers improve their technical agility by applying WCF and related technologies. Resnick has specialized in Internet technologies and distributed computing at Microsoft since 1995. He is a frequent speaker at Microsoft events and is now technology director for the U.S. Microsoft Technology Centers. Crane has more than 15 years of experience in senior software development roles. He specializes in large-scale Web sites, distributed computing, transactional systems, and performance analysis. Bowen has been an architect and developer for more than 15 years at companies such as Monster.com and Staples and is co-author of Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System. Foreword xxv Preface xxvii Chapter 1: Basics 1 Chapter 2: Contracts 33 Chapter 3: Channels 91 Chapter 4: Bindings 111 Chapter 5: Behaviors 181 Chapter 6: Serialization and Encoding 241 Chapter 7: Hosting 287 Chapter 8: Security 315 Chapter 9: Diagnostics 375 Chapter 10: Exception Handling 403 Chapter 11: Workflow Services 423 Chapter 12: Peer Networking 459 Chapter 13: Programmable Web 503 Appendix: Advanced Topics 537 Index 553

About the Author

Steve Resnick has worked at Microsoft since the mid-1990s, spanning architect, developer, and evangelist roles in the field. He specializes in Internet technologies, architecting and designing high-volume, high-value Web applications. Steve is the National Technology Director for the Microsoft Technology Centers in the United States, where he sets strategy and direction so that his team can solve the toughest customer challenges. He has worked with .NET since the beginning and is an expert in Web services, BizTalk, transaction processing, and related technologies. He holds a M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Boston University and University of Delaware, respectively.


Rich Crane is a Technical Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Waltham, Massachusetts. A software architect and engineer with more than 18 years of experience, Rich has spent the last six years helping customers architect and build solutions on the Microsoft platform. He has worked with numerous Microsoft products and technologies and is an expert in BizTalk, SQL Server, SharePoint, Compute Cluster Server, and of course Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. He has spoken at conferences and community events such as TechEd and Code Camp. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drexel University with a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Chris Bowen is Microsoft’s Developer Evangelist for the northeastern United States, specializing in development tools, platforms, and architectural best practices. Asoftware architect and engineer with 15 years of experience, Chris joined Microsoft after holding senior positions at companies such as Monster.com, VistaPrint, Staples, and IDX Systems, and consulting on Web presence and e-commerce projects with others. He is coauthor of Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System (2006, WROX) and holds an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Management Information Systems, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (February 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780321440068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321440068
  • ASIN: 0321440064
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William G. Ryan VINE VOICE on May 29, 2008
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I'm a big fan of the entire "Essential" series from Addison-Wesley and I expected a lot from this book. I could sum up my opinion on it by saying "It delivers".

My vantage point is a little different from most in that I was coauthor of a book on Winfx/Indigo and I teach WCF. The pool of books out there on WCF are all quite good when compared to other technologies. I think that's b/c in large part, enterprise technologies aren't usually used by beginners and there's been a general reluctance to embrace WCF from what I've seen. I suspect this is in large part b/c you have to relearn Remoting/WS/WSE/MSMQ/Enterprise Services. Once you dive into it though, you quickly realize that WCF is almost too good to be true.

This book does a few things very well. First off, it explains each of the concepts clearly. I find that the authors all write well and are very good at succinctly communicating whatever they are talking about without ever talking over your head. The level of detail is very good too. A few places they could have went deeper (for instance, I think MTOM should have gotten more than a brief descriptive few sentences) but on the whole, I think the covered topics in proportion with how much they are used in the marketplace. They use a good bit of both simple and more involved expamples so if this was your first WCF book, you'd be well served but if you've read several WCF books, you'd still be glad you bought the book. I've bought both the print version and the Kindle version (which I love) and don't believe I've come across any errors. As such, I'd have to say the editing is very good, although that's not surprising in the least from this series. Another nice feature of the book is that while it has three authors, the writing style if very similar.
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If you're looking for a fairly exhaustive book that covers WCF in huge detail then this is your book. But if you're looking to get yourself up to speed quickly or you like practical examples at every turn to give context to your learning, look for another book.

I'm not sorry I bought it but it's just chapter after chapter of dry reading without the benefit of very many examples of how to actually use the details taught. Knowing this, I would have read another book first so I could keep from getting bored, then I would use this book to fill in the details.
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A remarkably well organized and easy to read WCF how-to with respect to VS2008. Starts out with a basic service comparing code and configuration implementations. Subsequent chapters evolve gracefully reducing complexity to incremental understanding. Resulting SOAP and WSDL is presented with careful attention to cause and effect. WCF Services are compared with ASMX Web Services providing basic knowledge for newbies and practical information needed to move forward with WCF. Real world issues, like versioning, are regularly presented with mitigating strategies. In a technology library of hundreds, this is one of the best in terms of content and construction.
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First of all, we need to note that WCF is not an easy subject to understand. There is lot of ground to cover and the subject matter is very deep. I tried to read the Jowal Lowy book on WCF. I was very lost and I did not understand what he was talking about. This was after I attended his 5 day class. I was not getting any idea of the subject.

So, I decided that I need to get a book that is simple to understand and get a good grasp of the subject. And this was the book I was looking for. Authors use only one service IStockService through out and I really appreciated that. I could tweak this one service as I ventured into advanced topics. All of the topics are covered and most of them in depth.

Now, I am reading the Jowal book now and it is making all sense. This book helped me to lay a superb foundation of the subject.

If you really want to learn WCF, this is the book. Thats why I have this 5 stars because it met my requirement.
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I got so much valuable information out of this book. It answered just about all of my questions about WCF. The writing is easy to read. The book is well organized. Topics are explained clearly, in plain english without all the buzzwords that slow down reading. General concepts are explained, and then the author gets down to more detailed information. I wish there had been a bit more information on hosting services, but there was enough information on hosting for me to get my service hosted on IIS without any real difficulty. If you're only going to buy one WCF book, buy this one.
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This book's very well written and does a great job of explaining a lot of the features around WCF. I like their approach to topics, starting out with basics and evolving from there. For example, right off the bat they do a solid job of showing a service hosted entirely in code, then do a comparable service hosted in IIS. All differences are clearly laid out with some good rationale for either implementation.

This same approach continues through the book, which is something I'm always appreciative about: give me options with clear explanations of why they'd apply, then let me choose which one fits for my environment. The authors even lay out a number of tables throughout the book showing options and alternatives - like the supported features of bindings table in chapter 4.

It's a solid book for newcomers to WCF or experienced folks looking to brush up on the deltas as WCF moves to .NET 3.5.
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