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Applied WPF 4 in Context by Raffaele Garofalo

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Introduction to WCF

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is hosted on Internet Information Services (IIS) and it uses the SOAP protocol (among other protocols that we won't look at in this chapter) to distribute messages between the endpoints.

WCF can be used for different purposes. It can be used to send and receive simple data or a complex graph represented by an XML structure; it can be used to enable live communications among various clients, or it can be used simply to share a business layer without the typical distribution problems because it doesn't require a redistribution process like the typical .NET assembly (.dll) requires.

WCF out of the box offers the following features:

  • Service orientation: WCF lets you create service-oriented ...

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