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1. Programming WCF Services: Design and Build Maintainable Service-Oriented Systems (2015)

Programming WCF Services is the authoritative, bestselling guide to Microsoft’s unified platform for developing modern, service-oriented applications on Windows. Hailed as the definitive treatment of WCF, this guide provides unique insight, rather than documentation, to help you learn the topics and skills you need for building maintainable, extensible, and reusable WCF-based applications.

Authors Juval Löwy—one of the world’s top .NET experts—and Michael Montgomery have revised this edition to include the productivity-enhancing features of .NET Framework 4.6, along with the latest WCF ideas and techniques. By teaching you the why and the how of WCF programming, this book will help you master WCF and make you a better software engineer.

  • Learn WCF’s architecture and essential building blocks, including key concepts such as reliability and transport sessions
  • Use built-in features such as service contracts, instance and concurrency management, transactions, queued services, and security
  • Increase the quality of your WCF services by using design options, tips, and best practices in Löwy’s ServiceModelEx framework
  • Understand the rationale behind particular design decisions, and rarely understood aspects of WCF development
  • Learn why Azure Service Fabric is the killer app for modern DevOps

Author(s): Juval Lowy, Michael Montgomery

2. WCF Multi-Layer Services Development with Entity Framework, 4th Edition (2014)

Create and deploy complete solutions with WCF and Entity Framework

About This Book

  • Build SOA applications on Microsoft platforms
  • Apply best practices to your WCF services and utilize Entity Framework to access underlying data storage
  • A step-by-step, practical guide with nifty screenshots to create six WCF and Entity Framework solutions from scratch

Who This Book Is For

If you are a C#, VB.NET, or C++ developer and want to get started with WCF and Entity Framework, then this book is for you. Competence in Entity Framework will be needed to follow the examples in the book, but experience in creating WCF services using Entity Framework is not necessary. Developers and architects evaluating SOA implementation technologies for their company will find this book useful.

What You Will Learn

  • Create a WCF service without using the built-in WCF templates so you can understand the versatility of what’s going on under the hood
  • Explore the different methods for hosting and debugging options for a WCF service
  • Build a multi-layer, real-world WCF service from scratch by using WCF templates and Test Client
  • Learn the basic and advanced features of Entity Framework and LINQ to Entities, and apply LINQ to Entities to the data access layer of a WCF service
  • Convert a SOAP WCF service to a RESTful WCF service and create a Windows 8 app to consume a RESTful WCF service
  • Configure the authorization and authentication security settings of WCF and get the details of hosting Windows authentication
  • Explore the extension point architecture of WCF and extend a WCF service with custom behaviors

In Detail

This book will teach you all the essentials to develop WCF services using Entity Framework as the backend. You will be guided right through the creation of six WCF and Entity Framework solutions.

You will start off by creating, implementing, and hosting a basic HelloWorld WCF Service followed by deploying the service and publishing it to IIS. Next, you will learn how to create and test a layered service, and then enhance it further by adding a data access layer and exception handling. Next, you will be introduced to LINQ. Starting with the basics, you will then dive into the advanced concepts and features of LINQ to Entities, including Entity Framework, deferred execution, querying a view, and mapping a procedure. Finally, you will get to grips with the RESTful WCF services and security.

Author(s): Mike Liu

3. Learning WCF: A Hands-on Guide (2007)

This easy-to-use introduction to Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is ideal for developers who want to learn to build services on a company network or as part of an enterprise system. Built into Windows Vista and Longhorn, and available for Windows XP and Windows 2003, WCF provides a platform for service-oriented architecture (SOA) that enables secure and reliable communication among systems within an organization or across the Internet. With WCF, software developers can focus on their business applications and not the plumbing required to connect them. Furthermore, with WCF developers can learn a single programming API to achieve results previously provided by ASMX, Enterprise Services and .NET Remoting. Learning WCF removes the complexity of using this platform by providing detailed answers, explanations and code samples for the most common questions asked by software developers.

Windows Communication Foundation (or WCF, formerly code name “Indigo”) provides a set of programming APIs that make it easy to build and consume secure, reliable, and transacted services. This platform removes the need for developers to learn different technologies such as ASMX, Enterprise Services and .NET Remoting, to distribute system functionality on a corporate network or over the Internet. The first truly service-oriented platform, WCF provides innovations that decouple service design and development from deployment and distribution – creating a more flexible and agile environment. WCF also encapsulates all of the latest web service standards for addressing, security, reliability and more.

Author(s): Michele Leroux Bustamante

4. Programming WCF Services (2007)

Written by Microsoft software legend Juval Lowy, Programming WCF Services is the authoritative introduction to Microsoft’s new, and some say revolutionary, unified platform for developing service-oriented applications (SOA) on Windows. Relentlessly practical, the book delivers insight, not documentation, to teach developers what they need to know to build the next generation of SOAs.

After explaining the advantages of service-orientation for application design and teaching the basics of how to develop SOAs using WCF, the book shows how you can take advantage of built-in features such as service hosting, instance management, asynchronous calls, synchronization, reliability, transaction management, disconnected queued calls and security to build best in class applications. Programming WCF Services focuses on the rationale behind particular design decisions, often shedding light on poorly-documented and little-understood aspects of SOA development. Developers and architects will learn not only the “how” of WCF programming, but also relevant design guidelines, best practices, and pitfalls. Original techniques and utilities provided by the author throughout the book go well beyond anything that can be found in conventional sources.

Based on experience and insight gained while taking part in the strategic design of WCF and working with the team that implemented it, Programming WCF Services provides experienced working professionals with the definitive work on WCF. Not only will this book make you a WCF expert, it will make you a better software engineer. It’s the Rosetta Stone of WCF.

Author(s): Juval Lowy

5. Pro WCF 4: Practical Microsoft SOA Implementation (Expert’s Voice in .NET) (2011)

Pro WCF 4.0: Practical Microsoft SOA Implementation is a complete guide to Windows Communication Foundation from the service-oriented architecture (SOA) perspective, showing you why WCF is important to service-oriented architecture and development. This book provides deep insight into the functionality of WCF, which shipped with .NET 4.0-like service discovery, routing service, simplified configuration, and other advanced features. Included in this title are informative examples that will aid the reader in understanding and implementing these important additions. This book also covers the unified programming model, reliable messaging, security, and the peer-to-peer programming model. You’ll also learn how to move your current .NET remoting and web service applications to WCF, and how to integrate those applications with WCF 4. This book offers genuine insight into solving real enterprise problems using WCF and .NET 4.0.

Author(s): Nishith Pathak

6. Programming WCF Services: Mastering WCF and the Azure AppFabric Service Bus (2010)

Programming WCF Services is the authoritative, bestselling guide to Microsoft’s unified platform for developing modern service-oriented applications on Windows. Hailed as the definitive treatment of WCF, this book provides unique insight, rather than documentation, to help you learn the topics and skills you need for building WCF-based applications that are maintainable, extensible, and reusable.

Author Juval Löwy — one of the world’s top .NET experts — revised this edition to include the newest productivity-enhancing features of .NET Framework 4 and the Azure AppFabric Service Bus, as well as the latest WCF ideas and techniques. By teaching you the why and the how of WCF programming, Programming WCF Services will help you master WCF and make you a better software engineer.

  • Learn about WCF architecture and essential building blocks, including key concepts such as reliability and transport sessions
  • Use built-in features such as service hosting, instance and concurrency management, transactions, disconnected queued calls, security, and discovery
  • Master the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus, the most revolutionary piece of the new cloud computing initiative
  • Increase your productivity and the quality of your WCF services by taking advantage of relevant design options, tips, and best practices in Löwy’s ServiceModelEx framework
  • Discover the rationale behind particular design decisions, and delve into rarely understood aspects of WCF development

“If you choose to learn WCF, you’ve chosen well. If you choose to learn with the resource and guidance of Juval Löwy, you’ve done even better… there are few people alive today who know WCF as well.”

–Ron Jacobs, Senior Technical Evangelist for WCF, Microsoft Corporation

Author(s): Juval Lowy

7. Pragmatic WCF (2015)

Pragmatic WCF is the detail oriented, best-selling book to Microsoft’s Unified Platform for developing service-oriented applications. This book provides unique insight rather than documentation and theoretical concepts. It helps you to learn the topics live with complete demo and skills you need to develop for WCF based application that are maintainable, reusable and extensible. Best thing about this book is you really do not need to be expert in this technology to get started. Even if you are novice to this, this will give you better understanding about WCF usage and its patterns. Below are the list of topics, which you will learn in detail. I. Learn about Service Orientation – Architecture, Design & Applications II. Contracts & Services Essentials III. Hosting & Service Configurations IV. Proxies & Client Configurations V. Process & Threading VI. Bindings & Behaviors VII. Metadata Exchange VIII. Instancing & Concurrency IX. Faults & Exceptions X. Operations & XI. Security.

Author(s): Rahul Sahay

8. Pro C# 7: With .NET and .NET Core (2017)

This essential classic title provides a comprehensive foundation in the C# programming language and the frameworks it lives in. Now in its 8th edition, you’ll find all the very latest C# 7.1 and .NET 4.7 features here, along with four brand new chapters on Microsoft’s lightweight, cross-platform framework, .NET Core, up to and including .NET Core 2.0. Coverage of ASP.NET Core, Entity Framework (EF) Core, and more, sits alongside the latest updates to .NET, including Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and ASP.NET MVC.
Dive in and discover why Pro C# has been a favorite of C# developers worldwide for over 15 years. Gain a solid foundation in object-oriented development techniques, attributes and reflection, generics and collections as well as numerous advanced topics not found in other texts (such as CIL opcodes and emitting dynamic assemblies). With the help of this book you’ll have the confidence to put C# into practice and explore the .NET universe on your own terms.
What You Will Learn
  • Discover the latest C# 7.1 features, from tuples to pattern matching
  • Hit the ground running with Microsoft’s lightweight, open source .NET Core platform, including ASP.NET Core MVC, ASP.NET Core web services, and Entity Framework Core
  • Find complete coverage of XAML, .NET 4.7, and Visual Studio 2017
  • Understand the philosophy behind .NET and the new, cross-platform alternative, .NET Core

Author(s): Andrew Troelsen, Philip Japikse

9. Professional WCF 4: Windows Communication Foundation with .NET 4 (2010)

A guide to architecting, designing, and building distributed applications with Windows Communication Foundation

Windows Communication Foundation is the .NET technology that is used to build service-oriented applications, exchange messages in various communication scenarios, and run workflows. This guide enables developers to create state-of-the-art applications using this technology.

Written by a team of Microsoft MVPs and WCF experts, this book explains how the pieces of WCF 4.0 build on each other to provide a comprehensive framework to support distributed enterprise applications. Experienced developers will learn both theory and practical application using the familiar Wrox approach.

.NET developers will learn to design services, create a hosting environment with Dublin, build cloud-based integrations, and much more.

Coverage Includes:

  • Design Principles and Patterns
  • Service Contracts and Data Contracts
  • Bindings
  • Clients
  • Instancing
  • Workflow Services
  • Understanding WCF Security
  • WCF Security in Action
  • Federated Authentication in WCF
  • Windows Azure Platform AppFabric
  • Creating a SOA Case
  • Creating the Communication and Integration Case
  • Creating the Business Process
  • Hosting

Author(s): Pablo Cibraro, Kurt Claeys

10. C# 6.0 and the .NET 4.6 Framework (2015)

This new 7th edition of Pro C# 6.0 and the .NET 4.6 Platform has been completely revised and rewritten to reflect the latest changes to the C# language specification and new advances in the .NET Framework. You’ll find new chapters covering all the important new features that make .NET 4.6 the most comprehensive release yet, including:

  • A Refined ADO.NET Entity Framework Programming Model
  • Numerous IDE and MVVM Enhancements for WPF Desktop Development
  • Numerous updates to the ASP.NET Web APIs

This comes on top of award winning coverage of core C# features, both old and new, that have made the previous editions of this book so popular. Readers will gain a solid foundation of object-oriented development techniques, attributes and reflection, generics and collections as well as numerous advanced topics not found in other texts (such as CIL opcodes and emitting dynamic assemblies).

The mission of this book is to provide you with a comprehensive foundation in the C# programming language and the core aspects of the .NET platform plus overviews of technologies built on top of C# and .NET (ADO.NET and Entity Framework, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), ASP.NET (WebForms, MVC, WebAPI).). Once you digest the information presented in these chapters, you’ll be in a perfect position to apply this knowledge to your specific programming assignments, and you’ll be well equipped to explore the .NET universe on your own terms.

What you’ll learn

  • Be the first to understand the .NET 4.6 platform and C# 6.
  • Discover the ins and outs of the leading .NET technology.
  • Learn from an award-winning author who has been teaching the .NET world since version 1.0.
  • Find complete coverage of XAML, .NET 4.6 and Visual Studio 2015 together with discussion of the new Windows Runtime.

Who this book is for

This book is perfect for anyone who is interested in the new .NET Framework 4.6 and the C# language. Whether you are moving to .NET for the first time or are already writing applications using previous .NET versions, this book will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the new technology and serve as a complete reference throughout your coding career.

Author(s): Andrew Troelsen, Philip Japikse

11. Professional WCF Programming: .NET Development with the Windows Communication Foundation (2007)

  • Part of the new .NET 3.0 extensions to .NET 2.0, WCF provides a unified platform for building and running connected systems and will be used by almost every .NET or SQL Server developer
  • Targeted to experienced developers who want to build service-oriented and transactional applications on the Microsoft platform that offer reliable and secure transactional messaging
  • Addresses the WCF technologies as well as the next generation of configuring and deploying network-distributed services
  • Key topics discussed include binding, contracts, clients, services, security, deployment, management, and hosting

Author(s): Scott Klein

12. Windows Communication Foundation 4 Step by Step (Step by Step Developer) (2010)

Your hands-on, step-by-step guide to building connected, service-oriented applications.

Teach yourself the essentials of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) 4 — one step at a time. With this practical, learn-by-doing tutorial, you get the clear guidance and hands-on examples you need to begin creating Web services for robust Windows-based business applications.

Discover how to:

  • Build and host SOAP and REST services
  • Maintain service contracts and data contracts
  • Control configuration and communications programmatically
  • Implement message encryption, authentication, and authorization
  • Manage identity with Windows CardSpace
  • Begin working with Windows Workflow Foundation to create scalable and durable business services
  • Implement service discovery and message routing
  • Optimize performance with service throttling, encoding, and streaming
  • Integrate WCF services with ASP.NET clients and enterprise services components

Your Step by Step digital content includes:

  • Practice exercises
  • Downloadable code samples
  • Fully searchable online edition of the book — with unlimited access on the Web

Author(s): John Sharp