Programming WCF Services
Building SOAs with Windows Communication Foundation
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2007
Pages: 640

Written by Microsoft software legend Juval Lowy, Programming WCF Services is the authoritative introduction to Microsoft's new, and some say revolutionary, unified platform for developing service-oriented applications (SOA) on Windows. Relentlessly practical, the book delivers insight, not documentation, to teach developers what they need to know to build the next generation of SOAs.

After explaining the advantages of service-orientation for application design and teaching the basics of how to develop SOAs using WCF, the book shows how you can take advantage of built-in features such as service hosting, instance management, asynchronous calls, synchronization, reliability, transaction management, disconnected queued calls and security to build best in class applications. Programming WCF Services focuses on the rationale behind particular design decisions, often shedding light on poorly-documented and little-understood aspects of SOA development. Developers and architects will learn not only the "how" of WCF programming, but also relevant design guidelines, best practices, and pitfalls. Original techniques and utilities provided by the author throughout the book go well beyond anything that can be found in conventional sources.

Based on experience and insight gained while taking part in the strategic design of WCF and working with the team that implemented it, Programming WCF Services provides experienced working professionals with the definitive work on WCF. Not only will this book make you a WCF expert, it will make you a better software engineer. It's the Rosetta Stone of WCF.

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    Comments about oreilly Programming WCF Services:

    This book is an excellent book for anyone wanting to dig deep into WCF. The author provides many detailed explanations about how to effectively use WCF. This is probably the best WCF book I have read to date. I highly recommend it.


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    The best technology book I've got my hands on in a while. After trying to get into two other WCF books, there's no comparison. Juval, please keep writing. Thanks!


    Clear intro, good information

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    Best WCF book as of 3/28/07

    The chart on Page 21 is worth the cost of the book alone!

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