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Windows Communication Foundation 3.5 Unleashed, Second Edition by Craig McMurtry, Nigel Watling, Marc Mercuri, Matt Winkler

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Introduction

The Windows Communication Foundation, which was code-named Indigo, is a technology that allows pieces of software to communicate with one another. There are many other such technologies, including the Component Object Model (COM) and Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), Remote Method Invocation (RMI), Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ), and WebSphere MQ. Each of those works well in a particular scenario, not so well in others, and is of no use at all in some cases. The Windows Communication Foundation is meant to work well in any circumstance in which a Microsoft .NET assembly must exchange data with any other software entity. In fact, the Windows Communication Foundation is meant to always be the very best option. Its performance ...

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