Pro WCF: Practical Microsoft SOA Implementation Paperback – Jan 6 2011
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Amit Bahree is a solution architect with Avanade and has over 14 years of experience in IT, developing and designing mission-critical systems. His background is a mixture of product development, embedded systems, and custom solutions across both public and private sectors. He has experience in a wide range of industry verticals ranging from financial services to utilities to insurance and has implemented solutions for many Fortune 100 companies. For Amit, computers are a passion first, a hobby second, and a career third, and he is glad he gets paid to do what he loves the most. He can be contacted via his blog at www.desigeek.com.
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I found almost nothing new to me in this book. I also noticed, that book structure looks a little bit following the structure of MSDN .NET Framework 3.0 WCFreference. Almost the same topics... Almost the same explanations...
Actually, no topic seemed to me covered completely in it. Just the common principles on how to work with WCF.
For example, speaking of Request-Response Contract types authors seem forgot to mention, that even if you write a void method without returning any value, WCF will create special empty value and use it as void method signature to wait from server.
Duplex contracts are reviewed in terms of P2P environment on unknown reason. Many questions are unanswered on this topic.
Versioning of Data Contracts is poorly reviewed.
The only question remained in my mind after reading this book is: is WCF really so easy to understand, or just the book and MSDN references are incomplete? :)
This book had poor organisation, lots of grammatical errors, and a ton of verbose blather with not much meaty info, and badly failed my signal to noise ratio test.
It would be possible to strip two thirds of the words out by reformatting concisely, as well taking out all the times the authors say 'as we are showing you'. I would certainly have appreciated it much more if they had been concise, as my time is precious.
I purchased this book along with charles petzolds 'Application = Code + Markup" and 'Essential WF', and both are excellent books. They are the standard I expect from 'professional' programming books, particularly ones with Pro in the title! They had a concise and structured presentation, good editiorial proofing and grammar, and gave me insight I could not easily get from MSDN.
To the authors: sorry to give your book a bad rap, but it's true and you can produce better work, I'm sure of it. Also, you should get a good editor, who will catch grammatical errors, and stop you being self indulgent and bring your focus back to what the readers want, which is not to hear you say hundreds of time 'as we are showing you'!
While it could be a little better, I recommend Programming WCF Services (Programming) instead. It serves well as a reference and a reader.
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