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Microsoft® Windows® Communication Foundation Step by Step by John Sharp

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Service-Oriented Architectures and Windows Communication Foundation

You have seen how, by using WCF, you can quickly build services that you can integrate into enterprise solutions. Apart from writing entirely new functionality, you can use WCF to implement services that wrap existing applications, and connect them together in ways that were previously difficult to achieve. WCF can act as the "glue" for combining applications and components together. Additionally, WCF can make use of standard protocols, data formats, and communications mechanisms, enabling interoperability with services developed by using other technologies. WCF is an ideal platform for implementing a Service-Oriented Architecture, or SOA.

An SOA consists of a set of resources ...

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