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Essential Windows Communication Foundation: For .NET Framework 3.5 by Chris Bowen, Richard Crane, Steve Resnick

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1. Basics

WINDOWS COMMUNICATION FOUNDATION (WCF) is all about services. It’s about creating, hosting, consuming and securing them. It’s about standards and interoperability. It’s about developer productivity. In short, it’s all about putting distributed computing within reach of professional software developers.

In this chapter, we will cover the basic concepts you’ll need to understand to work with WCF services. We’ll focus on the most commonly used features. By following the text and examples, you will be able to create and consume services locally and across the network.

Why WCF Matters

Before going too far with the how of services, it’s important to understand the why. So, why is WCF important? Simple—because services are the core of the ...

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