Understanding Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Training Course

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Duration Duration

14 hours (usually 2 days including breaks)

Requirements Requirements

Before attending this course, students need to have:

  • Experience developing software using Visual Studio.
  • Experience developing software using either C# or VB.Net

Overview Overview

A two-day instructor-led course to provide participants with the knowledge to understand and help develop distributed applications using WCF 4 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. At the end of the course students will have clear indication on how and when to use the various settings and techniques.

Course Outline Course Outline

Service-Oriented Architecture

  • SOA - Definition, scenarios and benefits
  • WCF and SOA

First steps into Windows Communication Foundation

  • The Service Contract and the Data Contract
  • The implementation of the Contract
  • Hosting a WCF service: why and how
  • How to consume a service
  • The endpoints
  • The ABC (Address, Binding, Contract)
  • Behaviors>

Sharing a contract

  • Proxy creation through Visual Studio
  • When and how to use the Channel Factory

Hosting a WCF service

  • Understanding the role of the host
  • The available options for hosting (custom vs. commercial) and how to choose
  • Hosting on IIS, WAS, AppFabric
  • Long running processes and Windows services hosts
  • Creating a custom host - why and how
  • Service host configuration and monitoring

Contracts, endpoints and behaviors

  • Contract types
  • The central role of bindings
  • Why having multiple endpoints
  • Interoperability
  • Default endpoints

The communication model

  • SOAP vs REST
  • Messaging patterns, how to choose
  • Instancing and Concurrency, combining the options

The protocols

  • Understanding the channel stack and the protocols


  • Improve service reliability by using transactions, queues, and reliable messaging
  • Using routing

Discovery and announcements

  • How to discover and make services available through WS-Discovery

Testing and troubleshooting

  • How to individuate errors and how to deal with them
  • Exceptions vs Faults
  • Using Fault Contracts
  • How to write custom error handlers and why
  • Message logging and tracing

WCF services and security

  • The holistic view
  • Authentication and Authorisation
  • The security model
  • Transport and Message security

Extending WCF

  • How and when to extend WCF through behaviors, inspectors and host extensions

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Public Classroom Public Classroom
Participants from multiple organisations. Topics usually cannot be customised
From £2050
Private Classroom Private Classroom
Participants are from one organisation only. No external participants are allowed. Usually customised to a specific group, course topics are agreed between the client and the trainer.
Private Remote Private Remote
The instructor and the participants are in two different physical locations and communicate via the Internet
From £1750
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The more delegates, the greater the savings per delegate. Table reflects price per delegate and is used for illustration purposes only, actual prices may differ.

Number of Delegates Public Classroom Private Remote
1 £2050 £1750
2 £1315 £1150
3 £1070 £950
4 £948 £850
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