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Expert C# 2008 Business Objects by Rockford Lhotka

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Chapter 21. WCF Service Interface

Like the WPF technology discussed in Chapter 19, WCF is one of the pillars of the Microsoft .NET platform starting in version 3.0. WCF provides a unified approach to building service-oriented, client/server, messaging, and other distributed types of application. It effectively replaces or abstracts several older technologies:

  • Web Services (asmx services)

  • Remoting

  • Enterprise Services

  • MSMQ

  • WSE

In Chapter 15, I discussed how the CSLA .NET data portal uses WCF to implement a powerful client/server model based on the mobile object concept. You can use XML services to build either client/server or service-oriented applications. My recommendation is that, when building an application interface using services, you follow a ...

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