Chapter 10. Windows Communication Foundation

This chapter describes the basic WCF capabilities as implemented in the full .NET Framework to provide context for understanding WCF.[1] Our main focus is on understanding how to implement WCF clients on Windows Mobile devices. Out of necessity, this chapter also describes implementing a WCF service. The .NET Compact Framework does not support the creation of WCF services, so instead we rely on the full .NET Framework running on a desktop version of Microsoft Windows—Windows XP or Windows Vista, for example—to provide a service for our device-side client to connect with.

What Is WCF?

WINDOWS COMMUNICATION FOUNDATION (WCF) provides a unified programming model for linking software modules that may be deployed ...

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