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Pro C# 5.0 and the .NET 4.5 Framework, Sixth Edition by Andrew Troelsen

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C H A P T E R  25

Introducing Windows Communication Foundation

.NET 3.0 introduced an API designed specifically for the process of building distributed systems: Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). Unlike other distributed APIs you might have used in the past (e.g., DCOM, .NET remoting, XML web services, message queuing), WCF provides a single, unified, and extendable programming object model that you can use 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 you look at the services provided by WCF, you’ll turn your attention to examining the key .NET ...

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