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Professional WCF Programming: .NET Development with the Windows Communication Foundation [Paperback]

Scott Klein

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April 16 2007 Programmer to Programmer
  • Part of the new .NET 3.0 extensions to .NET 2.0, WCF provides a unified platform for building and running connected systems and will be used by almost every .NET or SQL Server developer
  • Targeted to experienced developers who want to build service-oriented and transactional applications on the Microsoft platform that offer reliable and secure transactional messaging
  • Addresses the WCF technologies as well as the next generation of configuring and deploying network-distributed services
  • Key topics discussed include binding, contracts, clients, services, security, deployment, management, and hosting

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Discover how to build service-oriented applications on the .NET Framework with this comprehensive guide to Microsoft's Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). It walks you through all of WCF's features and functionality and then shows you how to apply this information so you can create robust service solutions that are reliable and secure.

You'll learn all about Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and how WCF answers many of the SOA needs. You'll also explore the core makeup of WCF and progress into advanced topics such as security and interoperability. And you'll learn how to effectively build, deploy, and host your application with the help of WCF management tips and techniques.

Professional WCF Programming covers everything you need to know about WCF, including binding, contracts, clients, services, security, and much more.

What you will learn from this book

  • How the .NET Framework 3.0 and WCF extend the .NET Framework 2.0 CLR and how to develop with the Visual Studio® 2005 Extensions for WCF
  • All about the WCF programming model and service model

  • Tips for integrating WCF with existing applications and technology

  • Steps for successfully deploying your WCF services

  • Ways to build security into your WCF applications

  • Methods for taking advantage of transactions and queues

  • How to debug and configure your WCF services utilizing the various WCF management tools

Who this book is for

This book is for Windows developers who want to learn about the Windows Communication Foundation and how it can be a benefit in their environment. A good understanding of the .NET Framework and related technologies (such as Web services and the WS-* specifications) will be useful when reading this book, but is not required.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Scott Klein is an independent consultant with passions for all things SQL Server, .NET, and XML. He is the author of Professional SQL Server 2005 XML by Wrox, writes the bi-weekly feature article for the SQL PASS Community Connector, and has contributed articles to both Wrox (www.Wrox.com) and TopXML (www.TopXML.com). He frequently speaks at SQL Server and .NET user groups. When he is not sitting in front of a computer or spending time with his family he can usually be found aboard his Yamaha at the local motocross track. He can be reached at ScottKlein@SqlXml.com.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 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
2.0 out of 5 stars 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Jan. 15 2008
By s abraham - 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
1.0 out of 5 stars 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
2.0 out of 5 stars 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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