Chapter 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 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 you look at the services provided by WCF, you'll turn your attention to examining the key .NET assemblies, ...

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