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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
The WORST book I've ever read Nov. 15 2007
By compengineers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm still shocked how a book can be this bad! I think the only goal in the writer's head was to publish this book as soon as possible to be one of the first books about WCF. The errors in the book are not only typos or overlooked stuff, the writer does not have a good understanding of WCF. In some parts of the book the writer copies some text from previous chapters as it is and forgets to change some of the words to suit the new subject.

I just finished chapter 6 in which I found a shocking fact! The writer tries even to cheat to make the example about Message Contracts work! The source code of the example (provided as a download from Wrox) is different from the source code he shows in the book. This is because the source code shown in the book would not even compile. So what he does in the downloadable source code is that he deletes the lines where the compiler gives errors and then the code does not even call the service! and to make the example look like as if it worked he just sets the string that is expected to be returned from the service on a label ,all that inside the client program! This really pissed me off! A book writer with such ethics?!

So up to chapter 6 I've found tens of errors (including errors about WCF principle) and a fake example! I wonder how much more is ahead!

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS "THING" (I won't call it a book)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wrox has done better. Jan. 20 2008
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am disappointed with the book as well. It has quite a few typos, errors, and many of the examples are just wrong. This book looks like it was rushed out the door with very little proof reading. Some of the chapters look like little more than rewritten MSDN reference material. Don't waste your time; better references exist.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Terrible Jan. 15 2008
By Microsoftie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Utter waste of money. Waded through all of it. Not well organized. At times incoherent. Often just a listing of classes and methods. Offers few insights. Lots of errors. Author lacks a clear understanding of the WCF or the true significance of some of the classes and methods. Read SAMS Windows Communication Foundation Unleashed, it's much better. MSDN documentation is far better than this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Avoid this book July 25 2008
By J. Temple - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Started out learning WCF from scratch and was getting nowhere with this book. It doesn't really do a good job of providing a conceptual framework to the reader. Provides a lot of API detail, but it leaves you wondering what in the world to do with it. O'Reilly's Learning WCF did a MUCH better job of getting me started.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A little hard to follow. Aug. 4 2009
By hlee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is hard to follow.

It could be useful as quick reference for API details but I would not recommend this book to new learners.

You can find definitions on lots of classes and methods but it does not provide realistic code examples or diagrams that help visualize conceptual frame works.


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