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Pro C# 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Platform, Fourth Edition by Andrew Troelsen

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Chapter 25. Introducing Windows Communication Foundation

.NET 3.0 introduced an API specifically for the process of building distributed systems named Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). Unlike other distributed APIs you may have used in the past (DCOM, .NET remoting, XML web services, etc.), WCF provides a single, unified, and extendable programming object model that can be used to interact with a number of previously diverse distributed technologies.

This chapter begins by framing the need for WCF and examining the problems it intends to solve by way of a quick review of previous distributed computing APIs. After we look at the services provided by WCF, we'll turn to examine the .NET assemblies (and core types) that represent this programming ...

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