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SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2013 and Microsoft Azure - Second Edition by Mahindra Morar, Colin Dijkgraaf, Johann Cooper, Mark Brimble, Richard Seroter

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Hosting services

Now that we've identified the core components of a WCF endpoint, the giant remaining question is: how do I make this service available to consumers? You are able to host your service in a variety of places, including:

  • Self-hosting: You can create a managed .NET application such as a Windows Form or Console application that acts as the host for your service. A self-hosted service can use any of the available WCF bindings but offers the least infrastructure for service hosting. This avenue is typical of demonstration or proof-of-concept scenarios and is not really considered enterprise grade.
  • Windows Service: You could choose to build a Windows Service that hosts your service in a more managed fashion. Also considered a form of self-hosting; ...

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