Introduction to Windows Communication Foundation
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Published: 03 Jan 2007
Abstract
Windows Communication Foundation is one of main new technologies that are included in .NET 3.0. In this article, as the first part of his Windows Communication Foundation tutorials, Keyvan introduces Windows Communication Foundation and some principles behind it.
by Keyvan Nayyeri
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Overview

.NET 3.0 comes with three main technologies in core: Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation.  In past tutorials I introduced Windows Presentation Foundation and XAML and now I want to try things for Windows Communication Foundation.

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), codenamed Indigo in Microsoft, is the last generation of service oriented technologies for development.  It provides all the latest means to help developers build service oriented applications.  The result of service oriented design is a distributed system which runs between services and clients.  Windows Communication Foundation is Microsoft infrastructure for Service Oriented architecture.

You have probably worked with Web Services in .NET 1.x or 2.0 and may have some experiences with Remoting.  Windows Communication Foundation is an enhanced technology to provide the same functionality with better features and reduces the time to develop a distributed system.  Web Services and Services are not identical.  One main difference is Web Services use HTTP protocol, but Services can use any protocol and this is an important difference.

The first part of this article is a Windows Communication Foundation tutorials; I introduce this new technology, its architecture, programming model, service orientated design and give some other necessary information to start with this technology.


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Name: gautam
Date: 2/6/2013 8:35:37 AM
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Name: Bharath Krishna
Date: 11/22/2010 4:15:33 AM
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Name: Ramesh
Date: 10/12/2010 10:59:31 AM
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Name: Anil Thakur
Date: 8/18/2010 3:03:47 AM
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Name: Safiya P
Date: 8/11/2010 8:06:04 AM
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Title: Nice   
Name: Faraz
Date: 6/15/2010 11:46:44 AM
Comment:
Nice article this. Gives the basic information
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Name: senthil
Date: 6/11/2010 1:43:37 AM
Comment:
Easy to understand and well defined explanation.
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Title: A very Good Introduction to WCF   
Name: Ramu
Date: 5/21/2010 9:22:41 AM
Comment:
Very easy and very much understandable explanation about WCF. Thank you for providing this.

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Title: WCF   
Name: RAJASEKHAR
Date: 5/3/2010 6:59:09 AM
Comment:
Good explanation but some clear information about wcf is needed
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Name: Nishank
Date: 3/21/2010 2:16:29 AM
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Name: Ravi Kumar
Date: 2/24/2010 11:51:37 AM
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Title: A handy introduction to WCF   
Name: Arash
Date: 12/24/2009 10:36:19 PM
Comment:
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Title: Foundation consists of five layers.   
Name: These layers from top to down are:
Date: 12/4/2009 6:21:19 AM
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Application: In this level application is located.

· Contracts: In the second layer service, data and message contracts as well as bindings and policies are present. In this level services describe themselves to clients.

· Runtime: Behaviors are located in this layer. Runtime layer loads all services.

· Messaging: Different types of channels as well as encoders are here. This layer enables communications for services.

· Hosting: This layer is where host services in different manners, but there are two common ways to host a service. You can host a service in Internet Information Services (IIS) which is easier than the second approach and starts and stops your services automatically. The second approach is to create executable files (.EXE) for services and start and stop them manually by writing more codes.
Title: Little Idea about WCF   
Name: Pawan Gera
Date: 11/5/2009 6:19:09 AM
Comment:
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This document gives only a little idea about the wcf.

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Title: Nice Intro   
Name: pankaj
Date: 10/14/2009 9:44:03 AM
Comment:
Hi Buddy,
Can you also post some exemples that how to use WCF service with Database. Like how to insert & Fetch Data from database using WCF services.

regards
Pankaj
Title: Good Intro   
Name: Aju
Date: 7/28/2009 3:07:21 AM
Comment:
Good for Begineer.
Title: Basics of WCF   
Name: sandy
Date: 7/14/2009 6:39:09 AM
Comment:
This throws the light on WCF which is very basics,but can be helpful to beginner. Would appreciate if some information displayed.
Title: great introduction   
Name: sertac benzer
Date: 6/18/2009 2:10:36 PM
Comment:
it a great start for those who want to realize logic of WFC. On the other hand, more sophisticated example would be better.
Title: very good   
Name: veera
Date: 1/8/2009 1:37:16 AM
Comment:
It is helpfull for beginers and please provide some more information by differntiating with webservices
Title: Introduction is good   
Name: AKshay Agrawal
Date: 12/22/2008 8:55:03 AM
Comment:
The intro for the WCF is good. It provides the basic understanding of the WCF concept and architecture.
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Name: cHOWDAREy
Date: 12/4/2008 2:38:33 PM
Comment:
it ok for wcf beginners , good

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Title: WCF   
Name: cHOWDAREy
Date: 12/4/2008 2:37:01 PM
Comment:
This is very good for those who want to know something about wcf. it is ok for them.

it is good if provide some additional stuff also.

Thanks
cHOWDAREy
Title: Excelent overview   
Name: majovi
Date: 11/25/2008 2:44:23 PM
Comment:
Thanks...
Title: Nice   
Name: Niranjan Shrestha
Date: 11/18/2008 12:21:28 PM
Comment:
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Name: Sayeed
Date: 10/27/2008 7:24:55 AM
Comment:
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Name: Mudit
Date: 10/24/2008 5:23:16 PM
Comment:
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Title: Nice tutorial   
Name: Vamsi
Date: 9/23/2008 9:17:49 AM
Comment:
Very nice ... keep on ..
Title: Nice Article   
Name: Dharuman
Date: 9/4/2008 12:59:08 PM
Comment:
I am a beinnger to WCF, this is good article to understand.
Thanks a lot.
Title: Software Engineer   
Name: Ashotosh Das
Date: 8/14/2008 8:56:35 PM
Comment:
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Title: Its Excellent   
Name: Vinay Kumar.D
Date: 8/5/2008 1:31:21 AM
Comment:
Iam really i need of a WCF material.It really helps me a lot,for my further references.......
I hope for more information with some examples........
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Name: Pankaj Lahoti
Date: 7/31/2008 6:09:16 AM
Comment:
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Nice one for newbie,need more Inf .....hopefully will find in future posts..
Title: Good one   
Name: Ritesh Shah
Date: 7/9/2008 6:30:31 AM
Comment:
Those who want to have a quick and easy understanding about WCF and net .net 3.0 offerings , this article provide the one stop solution for them. a wonderful effort for the developer community. Many Thanks...
Title: Nice one   
Name: Karman Shahid
Date: 7/7/2008 8:32:40 AM
Comment:
I were looking for get started in WCF and it really helps a lot.
Thanks Keyvan Nayyeri.
Title: Nice One   
Name: Brajendu Kumar Das
Date: 7/4/2008 7:08:50 AM
Comment:
Very simple and Very Nice.. Thank You...but was needing a little more descriptive.
Title: Technical Consultant   
Name: Nari
Date: 6/20/2008 3:08:40 AM
Comment:
Good overview...thanks!!
Title: Nice Article   
Name: Vilas Suryawanshi
Date: 5/31/2008 12:42:48 AM
Comment:
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Title: Nice Presentation   
Name: Anand Gupta
Date: 5/29/2008 2:52:11 AM
Comment:
I am working on ASP.Net since last 3 Yrs, and Now I am starting my new project in 3.5 so I need to explore WCF, and i am very thank full, that this article provide me the nice introduction, We appreciate if article having some pictorial way to understand it very fast. Thank You.
Title: Simple Presentation   
Name: Uday kumar Adapa
Date: 5/20/2008 3:31:00 PM
Comment:
The presentationis very simple and good one ,but it would be a little more desctiptive.
Title: Good Presentation   
Name: Jessy
Date: 4/24/2008 10:00:02 AM
Comment:
It is really a very good material for beginners.
Would appreciate if you could include some sample applications :)
Keep up the good work
Title: Simple Presentation   
Name: Brajendu Kumar Das
Date: 4/15/2008 7:21:30 AM
Comment:
The presentationis very simple and good one ,but it would be a little more desctiptive.
Title: Easy and Autonomous   
Name: Amit Bhatnagar
Date: 4/8/2008 11:27:41 AM
Comment:
I have been in IT since 6 years and working with ASP.Net since a long time. Infact today is my fisrt day to have start a new project in ASP.Net3.0. For this prospective i was lloking for easy and effective article, although its very difficult to find out a simple and easy to understand explanation. But you did it for me and for many more. Gr8 thanks for mentioning valuable reference regarding WCF with in your article, all that stuff is also useful. Your article helps me very much. Thanks a lot.
Title: Information Systems Manager   
Name: Mr. B
Date: 4/4/2008 2:16:34 PM
Comment:
I have been in IT for 20 years and quite honestly am tired of continuously going back to school to learn the "New" technologies. As such i never learned about .Net and the newer concepts like WCF. In conducting internet research to obtain an understanding of WCF, other than the verbose and confusing microsoft microbabel, it was difficult to find a simple and easy to understand explanation. Your article helps very much. Thanks.
Title: easy to understand   
Name: Archana.
Date: 4/3/2008 5:49:23 AM
Comment:
Very effective and easy to understand for beginners
Title: simply better   
Name: sanjay choubey
Date: 4/1/2008 7:49:06 AM
Comment:
The core concepts are explained in a very effective and simple manner that any new user can easily cope the concept of wcf.
Title: When?   
Name: Keyvan Nayyeri
Date: 1/29/2008 11:58:09 AM
Comment:
If you take a look at the publish date, can simply believe that this article was published when there weren't many resources about WCF and it was a completely new technology for the community in .NET 3.0 days. This tutorial series was an attempt to help the community and feedbacks say that it was success in this way.
Title: Simple   
Name: Aakash
Date: 1/29/2008 6:24:32 AM
Comment:
it's too simple. Could be more better.
Title: Effective   
Name: Avinash Patel
Date: 12/13/2007 4:34:51 AM
Comment:
It really helped a lot for understanding the concept of WCF.
Title: Very good   
Name: Sreekanth Purusothaman
Date: 10/18/2007 11:08:10 PM
Comment:
We cannot expect anything simple and yet comprehensive.

Thanks a lot!!!!
Title: Lucid and simple   
Name: Deepak Pawar
Date: 10/12/2007 9:55:34 AM
Comment:
Very simple to understand , Expressed Nicely for a newbie.
Title: Nice Work   
Name: Thurein
Date: 8/19/2007 10:57:06 PM
Comment:
A very comprehensive article.

Thanks,
Title: Good Work   
Name: Sameer
Date: 7/10/2007 8:11:59 AM
Comment:
Good article to start with WCF. Please keep up the good work.
Title: good   
Name: sridhar
Date: 5/2/2007 7:36:40 AM
Comment:
It's really good

Thanks

Sridhar
Title: Very Nice   
Name: Arun G S
Date: 4/24/2007 6:13:47 AM
Comment:
very nice and simple document. easier to understand.. gr8 effort..
Title: Nice Document   
Name: Amit Patil
Date: 2/1/2007 6:09:32 PM
Comment:
Hi,

Thanks a lot for making such a great document. It helps a lot for the beginners...

Thanks
Amit Patil
Title: Nice Effort   
Name: Muhamamd Badar
Date: 1/24/2007 8:15:13 AM
Comment:
Hello Dear ....
A nice effort for those who want to shift to the new technology
Regards,
Muhammad Badar
Title: Great Article   
Name: AzamSharp
Date: 1/7/2007 8:07:09 PM
Comment:
Hi,

Another great article!!!

Thanks :)
AzamSharp

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