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SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2009 by Richard Seroter

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Chapter 2. Windows Communication Foundation Primer

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.

-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Windows Communication Foundation(WCF) is a critical part of the Microsoft services strategy and a key part of the BizTalk Server 2009 platform. WCF is a rich and expansive topic, so this chapter will only focus on the key aspects of WCF, which prepares us for its usage in the later chapters.

In this chapter you will learn:

  • What WCF is and why it matters

  • How to construct and configure new WCF services

  • Service hosting options

  • How to call a WCF service from a client application

What is WCF?

In a nutshell, WCF is a framework for building and hosting services. Hosted by the Microsoft platform, WCF ...

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