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Dive deep into the operation of Windows Communication Foundation with this practical, hands-on book—and learn the intricacies of Windows Communication Foundation and service-oriented concepts and implementations. Fundamentally, services are not objects. Given the prevalence of the object-oriented paradigm over the past 20 years, experienced developers need to explore a new way of thinking about architecting solutions. Concise and practical, this guide explains the fundamentals of applications built with a service-oriented architecture and how the international standards for Web services are implemented in Windows Communication Foundation. Each chapter includes at least two practical code samples in Visual C#.

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"The Essence of WCF - You need to know this stuff !" - by LouG on 05-APR-2011
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Whether you are first learning WCF, or you have been working with WCF for a while, you will find the information in this book essential. Smith explains exactly what WCF AND SOA are all about with clarity. He gives you the information you will need to work confidently with this important platform. The two other books that I have read, namely Bustamante's (several times) and Lowy's, are missing the most vital information bits that you would expect in books detailing technology: A) What is it? B) Why should I care? Instead both books jump into myriad detail without ever giving the clear high-level picture to explain the WCF raison d'etre. This is why I believe that Smith’s book is so important. On the other hand, Smith's book does not go into minute level of detail. So, you may want one of these as a secondary book.
On a personal note, I had been working with WCF and also took the MS certification test for WCF, armed only with a background based mostly on Bustamante's book. My experience was that I narrowly failed the WCF test (my first certification failure ever and I took many tests). Also, I had this queasy feeling that I really did not have a good handle on WCF. Justin Smith's book definitely changed that.

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