Monday, June 11, 2007

What is Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)

What is Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)

  • WCF is a new framework for building distributed applications.
  • It enables developers to build secure, reliable service-oriented applications that integrate across platforms and interoperate with existing investments.
  • WCF solutions can run within the context of a single machine, over company intranets, or across the Internet using a variety of protocols, formats, and message exchange patterns.
    By combining and extending the capabilities of existing Microsoft distributed systems technologies (Enterprise Services, System.Messaging, .NET Remoting, ASMX, and WSE), WCF reduces the coding and complexity of developing, deploying and managing distributed applications.
  • WCF provides you with a unified programming model that brings together the best aspects of existing Microsoft technologies.
  • What this means is that, with WCF, you will no longer need to wonder “which technology do I use (ASMX, Remoting, etc)” when building a connected system. All of the application-to-application and intra-application communication for your connected will be handled by WCF. This unified programming model is exposed to you through the System.ServiceModel namespace.

Related Links
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
Windows Workflow Foundation (WF)

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