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WCF 4.0 Multi-tier Services Development with LINQ to Entities by Mike Liu

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Chapter 1. Introducing Web Services and Windows Communication Foundation

In this chapter, we will explain concepts and definitions related to SOA, web services, and WCF. We will discuss each of the following in detail:

  • What is SOA?
  • What is a web service and how is it related to SOA?
  • What standards and specifications are there for web services?
  • What is WCF?
  • Use of WCF for SOA.
  • WCF architecture.
  • Basic WCF concepts.

What is SOA?

SOA is the acronym for Service Oriented Architecture. As it has come to be known, SOA is an architectural design pattern by which several guiding principles determine the nature of the design. Basically, SOA states that every component of a system should be a service, and the system should be composed of several loosely-coupled services. ...

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