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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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Consuming WCF services

Now comes the most important part: using the service! How you go about consuming a WCF service depends greatly on the type of client application used.

Non-WCF clients

If you plan on calling a WCF service from a non-WCF client, have no fear, you're still in great shape. One of the design goals of WCF (and any quality SOA solution) is interoperability, which means that WCF services should be consumable on a wide variety of platforms and technology stacks.

Now, it is still the responsibility of the service designer to construct a service that's usable by non-WCF applications. For instance, a broadly used service would offer basicHttpBinding to ensure that applications based on .NET Framework 2.0, or JRE 1.4 would have no problem ...

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