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

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10. Exception Handling

THE HARSH REALITY of software development is that even carefully written systems break and unanticipated scenarios occur. It’s the job of a good developer to ensure a balance between creating software that prevents problems and software that handles problems as they arise. Distributed service-based systems are no exception. In fact, service-based systems exacerbate the problem by introducing dependencies such as server availability, network conditions, and service version compatibility.

Exceptions are a critical component of a robust system and can be indicators of a variety of situations. For example, a caller may not have provided correct or complete information to a service, a service may have encountered an issue attempting ...

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