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Inside Windows® Communication Foundation by Justin Smith

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Introduction

Services are a major part of modern software architecture, and Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is the platform for building services for Microsoft Windows. Services written in WCF are able to interoperate with services from other vendors (for example, IBM, BEA, and Novell), and WCF is extensible enough to keep pace with the inevitable evolution of industry standards. Regarding transports, WCF supports TCP/IP, HTTP, Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ), and named pipes. WCF also supports a full array of WS-* (pronounced "WS-star") protocols like WS-Addressing, WS-ReliableMessaging (WS-RM), WS-AtomicTransaction (WS-AT), WS-Security, WS-SecureConversation, WS-Trust, and WS-Federation. Applications that use WCF can send and ...

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