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Programming WCF Services by Juval Lowy

Programming WCF Services

by Juval Lowy

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The book begins with the very basics (WCF Essentials) and soon takes a deep-dive into Service, Data and Operation contracts and other aspects of WCF, making it a useful for both novice and expert readers. The author gives a good number of intricate details about WCF.

I usually either just glance through or skip the appendix of many books that I've read - this one was an exception, read through all the appendices (WCF Coding Standard being a top-notch appendix).

This book will be one of those 'I will use this as a reference handbook' book. ( )
  nmarun | Nov 2, 2014 |
Boring and drags on. Topic material not nearly as interesting as I had hoped, but this is no doubt due in large part to the crappiness of WCF in general, and not this book. ( )
  chaiguy | Feb 26, 2009 |
Not a good introductory book. This book has a lot of advanced material and is not an appropriate first book on WCF. It also suffers from some bad choices regarding what is inluded and formatting. As one example, every time an attribute is mentioned, the code for the attribute declaration is in the text. This gets in the way when you have to differentiate between the important code and the attribute declaration. It also needs better organization or formatting. The security chapter goes on for 104 pages and is divided into sections on different scenarios that are difficult to tell apart.

However, I expect to be coming back to this book when I need to understand how things really work in WCF and when I'm looking for more advanced information. It's a good book to have in your WCF library, but probably not the first one. ( )
  JoeWirtley | Jul 8, 2007 |
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Written by Microsoft software legend Juval Lowy, Programming WCF Services is the authoritative introduction to Microsoft's new, and some say revolutionary, unified platform for developing service-oriented applications (SOA) on Windows. Relentlessly practical, the book delivers insight, not documentation, to teach developers what they need to know to build the next generation of SOAs.

After explaining the advantages of service-orientation for application design and teaching the basics of how to develop SOAs using WCF, the book shows how you can take advantage of built-in features such as service hosting, instance management, asynchronous calls, synchronization, reliability, transaction management, disconnected queued calls and security to build best in class applications. Programming WCF Services focuses on the rationale behind particular design decisions, often shedding light on poorly-documented and little-understood aspects of SOA development. Developers and architects will learn not only the "how" of WCF programming, but also relevant design guidelines, best practices, and pitfalls. Original techniques and utilities provided by the author throughout the book go well beyond anything that can be found in conventional sources.

Based on experience and insight gained while taking part in the strategic design of WCF and working with the team that implemented it, Programming WCF Services provides experienced working professionals with the definitive work on WCF. Not only will this book make you a WCF expert, it will make you a better software engineer. It's the Rosetta Stone of WCF.

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