Programming WCF Services, 2nd Edition
Building Service Oriented Applications with Windows Communication Foundation
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2008
Pages: 784

Programming WCF Services is the authoritative, bestselling introduction to Microsoft's unified platform for developing service-oriented applications (SOA) on Windows. Hailed as the most definitive treatment of WCF available, this relentlessly practical book provides insight, not documentation, to help you learn the topics and skills you need for building WCF-based applications that are maintainable, extensible, and reusable.

Author Juval Lowy, Microsoft software legend and participant in WCF's original strategic design review, revised this new edition for the latest productivity-enhancing features of C# 3.0 and the .NET 3.5 SP1 Framework. The book also contains Lowy's ServiceModelEx, a framework of useful utilities, tools, and helper classes that let you simplify and automate many tasks, and extend WCF as well. With this book, you will:

  • Learn about WCF architecture and essential building blocks, including key concepts such as reliability and transport session
  • Use built-in features such as service hosting, instance management, concurrency management, transactions, disconnected queued calls, and security
  • Take advantage of relevant design options, tips, and best practices in Lowy's ServiceModelEx framework to increase your productivity and the quality of your WCF services
  • Learn the rationale behind particular design decisions, and discover poorly documented and little-understood aspects of SOA development
By teaching you the "why" along with the "how" of WCF programming, Programming WCF Services not only will help you master WCF, it will enable you to become a better software engineer.
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Great WCF book for all levels

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    Comments about oreilly Programming WCF Services, 2nd Edition:

    I was trying to learn WCF for a few months. I was looking for a book that could provides me the detail of WCF framework from ground up, then I would move to WCF advance later - well might be from other book. I picked this book based on recommendation from my co-workers. I also owned "Pro WCF" from Apress publisher. This book has turned into great resource for me. It covered every detail of WCF from the basic concept of service contracts, hosting, addresses, and binding to higher level such as concurrency, or security. The author provided a lots of examples in depth explanations. It was great guide for WCF starter and good resource for advance programmer. It was much better than "Pro WCF"

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    Excellent WCF Book

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    Comments about oreilly Programming WCF Services, 2nd Edition:

    I have read WCF concepts from other books and from MSDN before, but they all seemed more like documentation rather than well knit set of concepts. This book nicely dwells into the philosophy of Service Oriented Applications, from the standpoint of WCF.

    I started reading the book by first reading the Appendix about "Introduction to Service Orientation". The Appendix really built foundation for everything that was to come by starting with assembly programming and leading up to component oriented programming using COM, and laying the foundation for the need for SOA. This was followed by explanation of how WCF is a great platform for building SOA.

    Book starts with good introduction to the basic concepts like Service Execution Boundaries, Addresses, Contracts, Hosting, Bindings, Endpoints and WCF Architecture. The following chapters cover Contracts and Instance Management in a great detail.

    The chapters I think really made fall in love with this book are chapter 7 and chapter 8, Transactions and Concurrency management. I was never really able to get well beyond basic understanding of WCF and grasp these complex concepts from other sources the way this book helped me grasp them. The book starts with some simple scenarios of Transactions and Concurrency and leads up to some very complicated scenarios and it's not hard to follow, although sometimes you may have read concepts more than once.

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