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Windows Communication Foundation Unleashed (WCF) 1st Edition

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A new edition of this title is available, ISBN-10: 0672330245 ISBN-13: 9780672330247 Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is a new Microsoft technology for allowing software to communicate. Superseding earlier technologies, such as COM/DCOM, .NET Remoting, ASP.NET Web Services, and the Web Services Enhancements for .NET, WCF provides a single solution that is designed to always be the best way to exchange data among software entities. It also provides the infrastructure for developing the next generation of Web services, with support for the WS-* family of specifications, and a new serialization system for enhanced performance. For information technology professionals, WCF supplies an impressive array of administration tools that enterprises and software vendors can use to reduce the cost of ownership of their solutions without writing a single line of code. Most important, WCF finally delivers on the long-postponed promise of model-driven software development with the new software factory approach, by which one can iteratively design solutions in a modeling language and generate executables from lower-level class libraries. "Windows Communication Foundation Unleashed "is designed to be the best resource for software developers and architects working with WCF. The book guides readers toward a conceptual understanding of all the facilities of WCF and provides step-by-step guides to applying the technology to practical problems.
  • Introduces you to WCF and then takes you deep inside the technology
  • Gives you nearly 100 best practices for programming with WCF
  • Provides detailed coverage on how to version services that you will not find anywhere else
  • Delves into using WCF together with Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows CardSpace
  • Provides detailed coverage of the new high-performance data contract serializer for .NET
  • Walks you through how to do secure, reliable, transacted messaging, and how to understand the options available
  • Introduces you to federated, claims-based security, and shows you how to incorporate SAML and WS-Trust security token services into your architecture
  • Provides step-by-step instructions for how to customize every aspect of WCF
  • Shows you how to add your own behaviors, communication channels, message encoders, and transports
  • Gives you options for implementing publish/subscribe solutions
  • Walks you through how to do peer-to-peer communications with WCF
As evangelists at Microsoft for WCF, Craig McMurtry, Marc Mercuri, Nigel Watling, and Matt Winkler are uniquely positioned to write this book. They had access to the product as it was being built and to the development team itself. Their work with enterprises and outside software vendors has given them insight into how others see the software, how they want to apply it, and the challenges they face in doing so.
Foreword Introduction Part I Introducing the Windows Communication Foundation 2 The Fundamentals
3 Data Representation 4 Sessions, Reliable Sessions, Queues, and Transactions Part II Introducing the Windows Workflow Foundation 5 Fundamentals of the Windows Workflow Foundation 6 Using the Windows Communication Foundation and the Windows Part III Security 7 Security Basics 8 Windows CardSpace, Information Cards, and the Identity Metasystem 9 Securing Applications with Information Cards 10 Advanced Security Part IV Integration and Interoperability 11 Legacy Integration
12 Interoperability Part V Extending the Windows Communication Foundation 13 Custom Behaviors 14 Custom Channels 15 Custom Transports Part VI Special Cases 16 Publish/Subscribe Systems 17 Peer Communication 18 Representational State Transfer and Plain XML Services Part VII The Lifecycle of Windows Communication Foundation Applications 19 Manageability
20 Versioning
Part VIII Guidance
21 Guidance
Index

About the Author

Craig McMurtry, Marc Mercuri, Nigel Watling and Matt Winkler work directly with the Windows Communication Foundation development team to tell the world about the technology.  As such, the authors have exclusive access to the very designers and developers that are producing the technology, as well as to early releases thereof.  That access provides insights into features and application of the technology that others do not have, as well as knowledge of how the technology will evolve, and familiarity with best practices that are only just being formulated by the testing teams.  More importantly, the authors devote their time to assisting enterprises and software vendors to adopt the Windows Communication Foundation, and that yields them significant insights into how others see the technology, how they wish to apply it, and the challenges they face.  The new material proposed for the second edition derives from their experiences since the first edition went to press.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (March 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672329484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672329487
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,448,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Scott E. Mason on March 15, 2007
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I must say that I'm impressed with this book. It goes through almost every topic important to WCF developers and does it in a way that's easy to understand.

The first thing that it does is give a high level overview. What is WCF and why should I use it? This is obviously very useful to someone who has never heard of it. From there they go into the basics of how to get a WCF application to work.

From my own perspective, having been working with WCF for more than a year I was much more interested in the advanced topics, and this book certainly doesn't disappoint here either. I was especially impressed with the topics on Security and Extensibility. Both of these topics are very large and potentially very complicated but they don't shy away from tackling them.

There are four chapters on Security, one that hits the basics, and the other three are more advanced. There's one chapter on using claims based security. They go into how to use it and why. They even go into Federated security, even providing an STS sample. There are two chapters on Identity and Cardspace which go into great detail about how to implement and use them.

The chapters on extensibility were great. It's separated into three separate chapters, one on the ServiceModel behaviors, one on channels, and one on Transport Channels. Extensibility in WCF is very good, but there's a lot to know. They hit most of the big ones, including what they can do for you, how to implement them and how to use them. They even go through and list the steps that WCF takes on the way from the client to the service and back and which extensibility points it hits along the way. I was very impressed with the section on creating a custom channels and especially the custom transport.
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I purchased this book and realised that I already have it! This book is a slightly updated version of thie book 'Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation: Hands-on'

I did not like the first book as the style of writing is more about giving you a whole source code as page fillers instead of just highlighting the chunks of code that actually matter. Also would have been better to go step by step on the actual lines of code instead of giving summary of what the code does.

There are a few new chapters regarding WWF and WCF, but other chapters are just cut and paste from the previous book.

Personally I would look for another book.
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Although I haven't read through most of the book yet, I was disappointed:
* It is not written in the half-funny style of other programming books. The style is a cross between that of a legal work and that of an encyclopedia.
* It does not provide real working examples.
* It explains things in perhaps excessive detail and depth and so requires reading with a lot of concentration to understand.
* Perhaps it explains too much about all the other things related to WCF and not to how to use WCF itself practically and right now.

Again, I didn't read the whole book at all. Maybe I'll change my review when I do.

Paraphrased quote from the book: "The term service-oriented architecture does not mean X, for two reasons. The first is simply that the community does not take it to mean that, and philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (Wittgenstein, 1951) wrote that the definition of a term is defined by the way in which the community uses it." Now do you get an idea?
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If you looking to learn Wcf from scratch , NEVER touch this book !! the book contain a whole bunch of errors that i have to give up at First Chapter !
Not sure if the author have check on what he did, what he said.
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Between the WPF Unleashed book and this one I am thoroughly impressed by the quality of this series. This book is easy to read with in depth information, very relevant. It covers a lot of useful techniques: in particular security, customization and integration with WF. A real step ahead of the other books. A Must have for all serious WCF programmer.
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This book had been sitting on my bookshelf for sometime collecting dust. When I finally had a need to familiarize myself with WCF, I dug it out and ended up finding myself more confused than anything. The code samples do not work. There is no online update (The 45 day "Free" version on Safari is also incorrect). Four authors, with four different goals. The intro sections were written way too technical, and the higher chapters didn't give enough detail. The only chapter I liked was Chapter 21 - Guidance. A lot of good thought behind that chapter. Otherwise, I've learned more from Microsoft's MSDN site than this book.
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The Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is the latest offering from Microsoft to address the need of passing messages from one software component to another. Using the .NET platform, Microsoft has built a single framework that can encapsulate any type of message passing (at least all the major one's of which I am aware). By abstracting the important pieces of the communication challenge (transport mechanism, security, reliability, etc.), Microsoft has made building components that communicate via SOAP, WS-*, REST, binary, and other methods of communication a much simpler problem than it once was. One cautionary note: WCF is a deep technology, so do not expect to understand all the concepts at once. Having a solid object oriented programming background will help you understand some of the underpinnings of WCF.

If you are a developer looking to get specific examples of how to use WCF in different situations, this book provides the most common situations in which you are likely to run into WCF (think Web Services) as well as an introduction into some more rare circumstances (like building custom Behaviors, Transports, and Channels). The sheer breadth that book attempts to cover means that it does not fully cover each item presented in the table of contents. I personally would have like to have seen more coverage on WS-*. That being said, for the consulting and product work that I do, this book got me 95% of the way to solving all the challenges that I have faced to date. For the other 5% <u>WCF Unleashed </u> is a great book for giving you the nomenclature and background you need to seek help elsewhere. There was also a chapter on WCF guidance that gives you some ideas for best practices that was quite refreshing as many books leave out these crucial tidbits.
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