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BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook by Steef-Jan Wiggers

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Exposing schemas as a WCF Service

A process can be exposed in two different ways as a service. You can either expose an orchestration as a web service or you can create web services based on the schema file. In case of an orchestration, you will be converting an HTTP SOAP request to a BizTalk message. Then you can perform all your processing based on the message within BizTalk and then return a SOAP response. With exposing schemas as a WCF Service, you can first focus on designing a schema and then you can craft your service before hosting it in BizTalk, where it resides as an endpoint. The endpoint can serve as an entry point for the process to kick-off, or aggregate some data. With this concept of exposing schemas as a service, you can push ...

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