Understanding WCF Communication Options in the .NET Framework 3.5
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
WCF is an impressive technology. It's not the simplest thing in the world--does anybody really feel at home configuring WCF security today?--but it certainly is
simpler than the broad set of things it supplants.
One way to appreciate the value of WCF is to take a look at the range of communication styles it supports, especially in the .NET Framework 3.5. I've written a white paper that's meant to help with this. Called Dealing with Diversity: Understanding WCF Communication Options in the .NET Framework 3.5
, the paper walks through the variety of approaches that are now supported. Along with the traditional things, like Web services and queued messaging, this latest WCF release adds support for RESTful communication, RSS/ATOM, and an interesting option called the WCF Line-of-Business Adapter SDK. The paper also takes a look at how WCF is used with BizTalk Services.
If you're an expert in WCF, you probably won't get a whole lot out of this paper. If you're wondering why this technology is important, though, or how one approach can be used for many different kinds of communication, you might find it worthwhile.