Programming WCF Services

ISBN-10: 0596521308

ISBN-13: 9780596521301

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Juval Lowy

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Programming WCF Services is the authoritative, bestselling introduction to Microsoft's unified platform for developing service-oriented applications (SOA) on Windows. Hailed as the most definitive treatment of WCF available, this relentlessly practical book provides insight, not documentation, to help you learn the topics and skills you need for building WCF-based applications that are maintainable, extensible, and reusable. Author Juval Lowy, Microsoft software legend and participant in WCF's original strategic design review, revised this new edition for the latest productivity-enhancing features of C# 3.0 and the .NET 3.5 SP1 Framework. The book also contains Lowy's ServiceModelEx, a framework of useful utilities, tools, and helper classes that let you simplify and automate many tasks, and extend WCF as well. With this book, you will: Learn about WCF architecture and essential building blocks, including key concepts such as reliability and transport session Use built-in features such as service hosting, instance management, concurrency management, transactions, disconnected queued calls, and security Take advantage of relevant design options, tips, and best practices in Lowy's ServiceModelEx framework to increase your productivity and the quality of your WCF services Learn the rationale behind particular design decisions, and discover poorly documented and little-understood aspects of SOA development By teaching you the "why" along with the "how" of WCF programming, Programming WCF Services not only will help you master WCF, it will enable you to become a better software engineer.
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List price: $49.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 784
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

Juval Lowy is a software architect and the principal of IDesign, a company specializing in .NET architecture consulting and advanced .NET training. Juval is Microsoft's Regional Director for the Silicon Valley, working with Microsoft on helping the industry adopt .NET. Juval participates in the Microsoft internal design reviews for future versions of .NET and related technologies. Juval published numerous articles, regarding almost every aspect of .NET development, and is a frequent presenter at development conferences. Microsoft recognized Juval as a Software Legend as one of the world's top .NET experts and industry leaders. Contact him at

How This Book Is Organized
Some Assumptions About the Reader
What You Need to Use This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Using Code Examples
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WCF Essentials
What Is WCF?
Metadata Exchange
Client-Side Programming
Programmatic Versus Administrative Configuration
WCF Architecture
Working with Channels
Transport-Level Sessions
Service Contracts
Operation Overloading
Contract Inheritance
Service Contract Factoring and Design
Contract Queries
Data Contracts
Data Contract Attributes
Data Contract Hierarchy
Data Contract Equivalence
Delegates and Data Contracts
Data Sets and Tables
Instance Management
Per-Call Services
Per-Session Services
Singleton Service
Demarcating Operations
Instance Deactivation
Durable Services
Request-Reply Operations
One-Way Operations
Callback Operations
Error Isolation and Decoupling
Fault Propagation
Error-Handling Extensions
The Recovery Challenge
Transaction Propagation
Transaction Protocols and Managers
The Transaction Class
Transactional Service Programming
Explicit Transaction Programming
Service State Management
Instance Management and Transactions
Concurrency Management
Instance Management and Concurrency
Service Concurrency Modes
Instances and Concurrent Access
Resources and Services
Resource Synchronization Context
Service Synchronization Context
Custom Service Synchronization Contexts
Callbacks and Client Safety
Callbacks and Synchronization Contexts
Asynchronous Calls
Queued Services
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