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MessageContractAttribute Class

Defines a strongly-typed class that corresponds to a SOAP message.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.ServiceModel.MessageContractAttribute

Namespace:  System.ServiceModel
Assemblies:   System.ServiceModel (in System.ServiceModel.dll)
  System.ServiceModel.Primitives (in System.ServiceModel.Primitives.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class|AttributeTargets.Struct, AllowMultiple = false)]
public sealed class MessageContractAttribute : Attribute

The MessageContractAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsMessageContractAttributeInitializes a new instance of the MessageContractAttribute class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyHasProtectionLevelGets a value that indicates whether the message has a protection level.
Public propertySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsIsWrappedGets or sets a value that specifies whether the message body has a wrapper element.
Public propertyProtectionLevelGets or sets a value that specified whether the message must be encrypted, signed, or both.
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsWrapperNameGets or sets the name of the wrapper element of the message body.
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsWrapperNamespaceGets or sets the namespace of the message body wrapper element.
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  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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Use the MessageContractAttribute attribute to specify the structure of the SOAP envelope for a particular message. Your service can then use the message as a parameter or return type in service operations. For information about controlling the serialization of the contents of a SOAP body without modifying the default SOAP envelope itself, see System.Runtime.Serialization.DataContractAttribute, Specifying Data Transfer in Service Contracts, and Using Data Contracts.

NoteNote

You cannot use custom message types in your service operation with regular serializable parameters. Either use custom message types or serializable parameters that are not Message objects. For details, see , Specifying Data Transfer in Service Contracts.

To implement a message contract for a type, annotate it with MessageContractAttribute and annotate one or more of the class's fields or properties with MessageBodyMemberAttribute, MessageHeaderAttribute, or MessageHeaderArrayAttribute.

NoteNote

System.ServiceModel.MessageParameterAttribute is not a message contract attribute and cannot be used in conjunction with MessageContractAttribute.

Use the Action and ReplyAction properties to specify the value of the <Action> element in the SOAP message.

  • Use the HasProtectionLevel and ProtectionLevel properties to indicate whether the SOAP message type has a protection level, and if so, what it is.

  • Use the IsWrapped property to indicate whether the message body has a wrapper element, and if so, use the WrapperName and WrapperNamespace properties to specify the name and namespace, respectively, of the wrapping element.

For more information, see Using Message Contracts.

The following code example shows the use of the MessageContractAttribute to control the SOAP envelope structure for both the request message and the response message, and the use of both the MessageHeaderAttribute (to create a SOAP header for the response message) and the MessageBodyMemberAttribute (to specify the bodies of both the request and response message). The code example contains an example of each message when sent.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.ServiceModel.Channels;

namespace Microsoft.WCF.Documentation
{
  [ServiceContract(Namespace = "Microsoft.WCF.Documentation")]
  interface IMessagingHello
  {
    [OperationContract(
     Action = "http://GreetingMessage/Action",
     ReplyAction = "http://HelloResponseMessage/Action"
    )]
    HelloResponseMessage Hello(HelloGreetingMessage msg);
  }

  [MessageContract]
  public class HelloResponseMessage
  {
    private string localResponse = String.Empty;
    private string extra = String.Empty;

    [MessageBodyMember(
      Name = "ResponseToGreeting",
      Namespace = "http://www.examples.com")]
    public string Response
    {
      get { return localResponse; }
      set { localResponse = value; }
    }

    [MessageHeader(
      Name = "OutOfBandData",
      Namespace = "http://www.examples.com",
      MustUnderstand=true
    )]
    public string ExtraValues
    {
      get { return extra; }
      set { this.extra = value; }
   }

   /*
    The following is the response message, edited for clarity.

    <s:Envelope>
      <s:Header>
        <a:Action s:mustUnderstand="1">http://HelloResponseMessage/Action</a:Action>
        <h:OutOfBandData s:mustUnderstand="1" xmlns:h="http://www.examples.com">Served by object 13804354.</h:OutOfBandData>
      </s:Header>
      <s:Body>
        <HelloResponseMessage xmlns="Microsoft.WCF.Documentation">
          <ResponseToGreeting xmlns="http://www.examples.com">Service received: Hello.</ResponseToGreeting>
        </HelloResponseMessage>
      </s:Body>    
    </s:Envelope>
    */
 }
  [MessageContract]
  public class HelloGreetingMessage
  {
    private string localGreeting;

    [MessageBodyMember(
      Name = "Salutations", 
      Namespace = "http://www.examples.com"
    )]
    public string Greeting
    {
      get { return localGreeting; }
      set { localGreeting = value; }
    }
  }

  /*
   The following is the request message, edited for clarity.

    <s:Envelope>
      <s:Header>
        <!-- Note: Some header content has been removed for clarity.
        <a:Action>http://GreetingMessage/Action</a:Action> 
        <a:To s:mustUnderstand="1"></a:To>
      </s:Header>
      <s:Body u:Id="_0" xmlns:u="http://docs.oasis-open.org/wss/2004/01/oasis-200401-wss-wssecurity-utility-1.0.xsd">
        <HelloGreetingMessage xmlns="Microsoft.WCF.Documentation">
          <Salutations xmlns="http://www.examples.com">Hello.</Salutations>
        </HelloGreetingMessage>
      </s:Body>
   </s:Envelope>
   */ 

  class MessagingHello : IMessagingHello
  {
    public HelloResponseMessage Hello(HelloGreetingMessage msg)
    {
      Console.WriteLine("Caller sent: " + msg.Greeting);
      HelloResponseMessage responseMsg = new HelloResponseMessage();
      responseMsg.Response = "Service received: " + msg.Greeting;
      responseMsg.ExtraValues = String.Format("Served by object {0}.", this.GetHashCode().ToString());
      Console.WriteLine("Returned response message.");
      return responseMsg;
    }
  }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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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