- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596526997
- ISBN-13: 978-0596526993
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Programming WCF Services 1st Edition
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About the Author
Juval Lowy is a software architect and the principal of IDesign (http://www.idesign.net), specializing in WCF architecture consulting and advanced WCF training. Juval is Microsoft's Regional Director for the Silicon Valley, working with Microsoft on helping the industry adopt WCF. He is author of O'Reilly's bestselling "Programming .NET Components", widely recognized by many as the best book for developing .NET-based systems. Juval participates in the Microsoft internal design reviews for WCF and related technologies. He publishes numerous articles on nearly every aspect of .NET development and is a frequent presenter at development conferences. Microsoft has recognized Juval as a Software Legend and as one of the world's top .NET experts and industry leaders.
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Juval Lowy's book does an outstanding job ob systematically and thoroughly uncovering practically all aspects of WCF programming. Not only it presents a simple to understand architectural picture of WCF in general and various architectural and functional subsystems, but also abandons with practical and thorough explanations of the details of virtually all aspects of WCF.
This book is not a beginner book. For starting with WCF I would recommend Michele Bustamante's book "Learning WCF". Lowy's book is a thorough reference on WCF that soon becomes your primary source of information.
I would like also to note that it does not seem to be the intent of the book to reflect on all internal plumbing of WCF, which realistically needs lot of experimentation. You may find Justin Smith's book as a good supplement to Lowy's book on custom channels and behaviors.
One of the things I really appreciate as a C# developer is the fact that almost every example in the book shows how to accomplish the given task in the .config file using the XML configuration elements, and also in pure C# code. Many examples I have seen in the MSDN or other documentation only deal with how to set up a client or server using the .config file which is not always practical.
I highly recommend her read if you are getting started. However, if you have some familiarity with WCF - this one will take you further. It has plenty of easy-to-understand code samples and a wonderful best practice section near the index. I have been able to incorporate things in this book with business - and that is what really counts.
However, here is a warning to the clueless; this book demands a keen and experienced mind. It is not for the faint of heart. For the initiated, "Learning WCF: A Hands-on Guide" is probably a better choice.