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Mastering LOB Development for Silverlight 5: A Case Study in Action by Rocío Serrano, Braulio Díez

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Implementing and consuming a WCF service

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms735119(v=vs.90).aspx) is Microsoft's unified programming model for building service-oriented applications.

As we have seen, WCF is not specific to web services, but it offers a more general purpose model. It uses high-level abstractions as its constructing elements:

  • Messages: Data units are sent from one point to another.
  • Endpoints: These are sources or targets for the communication. They can be clients or services (modelling typical client-server architecture), and can have a unique address associated with them (URI format).
  • Protocols: The way in which data will travel from one endpoint to another.
  • Binding: This defines the ...

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