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ContractDescription Class

Describes a contract that specifies what an endpoint communicates to the outside world.

System.Object
  System.ServiceModel.Description.ContractDescription

Namespace:  System.ServiceModel.Description
Assembly:  System.ServiceModel (in System.ServiceModel.dll)

'Declaration
<DebuggerDisplayAttribute("Name={name}, Namespace={ns}, ContractType={contractType}")> _
Public Class ContractDescription

The ContractDescription type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneContractDescription(String)Initializes a new instance of the ContractDescription class with a specified name.
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneContractDescription(String, String)Initializes a new instance of the ContractDescription class with a namespace-qualified name specified.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyBehaviorsGets the behaviors associated with the contract description.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneCallbackContractTypeGets or sets the type of callback contract that the contract description specifies.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneConfigurationNameGets or sets the configuration name for the contract description.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneContractTypeGets or sets the contract type that the contract description specifies.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneNameGets or sets the name of the contract.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneNamespaceGets or sets the namespace for the contract.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOperationsGets the collection of operation descriptions associated with the contract.
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  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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A contract is a collection of operations that specifies what the endpoint communicates to the outside world. Each operation is a message exchange. For example, a request message and an associated reply message form a request/reply message exchange.

A ContractDescription object is used to describe contracts and their operations. Within a ContractDescription, each contract operation has a corresponding OperationDescription object that describes aspects of each operation that is part of the contract, such as whether the operation is one-way or request/reply. Each OperationDescription object also describes the messages that make up the operation using a MessageDescriptionCollection object. The ContractDescription object also contains a reference to an interface that defines the contract using the programming model. This interface is marked with ServiceContractAttribute attribute and its methods that correspond to endpoint operations are each marked with the OperationContractAttribute attribute.

A duplex contract defines the following logical sets of operations:

  • A set that the service exposes for the client to call.

  • A set that the client exposes for the service to call.

The programming model for defining a duplex contract is to split each set in a separate interface and apply attributes to each interface. In this case, ContractDescription contains a reference to each of the interfaces that groups them into one duplex contract.

Similar to bindings, each contract has a Name and Namespace that uniquely identify it in the metadata of the service.

Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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