Monday, March 15, 2010

Getting Started Tutorial

The topics contained in this section are intended to give you quick exposure to the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) programming experience. They are designed to be completed in the order of the list at the bottom of this topic. Working through this tutorial gives you an introductory understanding of the steps required to create WCF service and client applications. A service is a construct that exposes one or more endpoints, each of which exposes one or more service operations. The endpoint of a service specifies an address where the service can be found, a binding that contains the information that a client must communicate with the service, and a contract that defines the functionality provided by the service to its clients.

After you work through the sequence of topics in this tutorial, you will have a running service, and a client that can invoke the operations of the service. The first three topics describe how to define a service with a contract, how to implement the service, and how to configure the service in code, host, and run the service. The service that is created is self-hosted and the client and service run on the same machine. The service is configured using code rather than configuration. Services can also be hosted under Internet Information Services (IIS). For more information about how to do this, see How To: How to: Host a WCF Service in IIS. Services can also be configured within a configuration file. For more information about using a configuration file see Configuring Services Using Configuration Files.

The next three topics describe how to create a client proxy, configure the client application, and create and use a client that can access the functionality of the service. Services publish metadata that can be accessed that define the constructs a client application needs to communicate with the service operations. WCF provides a ServiceModel Metadata Utility Tool (Svcutil.exe) to automate the process of accessing this published metadata and using it to construct and configure the client application for the service.
All of the topics in this section assume you are using Visual Studio 2008 as the development environment. If you are using another development environment, ignore the Visual Studio specific instructions.

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