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MessageParameterAttribute Class

Controls the name of the request and response parameter names. Cannot be used with Message or message contracts.

Namespace:  System.ServiceModel
Assembly:  System.ServiceModel (in System.ServiceModel.dll)
[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets::Parameter|AttributeTargets::ReturnValue, Inherited = false)]
public ref class MessageParameterAttribute sealed : public Attribute

Use the MessageParameterAttribute to control the name of the parameter or the return value. This attribute has no effect if the parameters are marked by the MessageContractAttribute attribute.

NoteNote:

The value of the parameter names in the operation signature are part of the contract and are case sensitive. Use this attribute when you need to distinguish between the local parameter name and the metadata that describes the operation for client applications.

For more 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 Data Contracts Overview.

For more information about creating message contracts, see Using Message Contracts.

The following code example shows the use of MessageParameterAttribute to establish the name of the parameter and the return value in metadata.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.Text;

namespace Microsoft.WCF.Documentation
{
  [ServiceContract(Namespace="http://microsoft.wcf.documentation")]
  public interface ISampleService{
    [OperationContract]
    [return:MessageParameter(Name = "Output")]
    string SampleMethod([MessageParameter(Name = "Input")]string msg);
  }

  /*
   The preceding use of MessageParameterAttribute generates the following XSD:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> 
  <xs:schema 
    elementFormDefault="qualified" 
    targetNamespace="http://microsoft.wcf.documentation" 
    xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" 
    xmlns:tns="http://microsoft.wcf.documentation">
    <xs:element name="SampleMethod">
      <xs:complexType>
        <xs:sequence>
          <xs:element minOccurs="0" name="Input" nillable="true" type="xs:string" /> 
        </xs:sequence>
      </xs:complexType>
    </xs:element>
    <xs:element name="SampleMethodResponse">
      <xs:complexType>
        <xs:sequence>
          <xs:element minOccurs="0" name="Output" nillable="true" type="xs:string" /> 
        </xs:sequence>
      </xs:complexType>
    </xs:element>
  </xs:schema>

   And the message sent is edited for clarity:
  <s:Body>
    <SampleMethod xmlns="http://microsoft.wcf.documentation">
      <Input>hello!</Input>
    </SampleMethod>
  </s:Body>   
   */

The following example shows the generated service contract for the preceding service. Note that the name of the parameter is now Input.

[System.CodeDom.Compiler.GeneratedCodeAttribute("System.ServiceModel", "3.0.0.0")]
[System.ServiceModel.ServiceContractAttribute(Namespace="http://microsoft.wcf.documentation", ConfigurationName="ISampleService")]
public interface ISampleService
{

    [System.ServiceModel.OperationContractAttribute(
      Action="http://microsoft.wcf.documentation/ISampleService/SampleMethod",
      ReplyAction="http://microsoft.wcf.documentation/ISampleService/SampleMethodResponse"
    )]
    [return: System.ServiceModel.MessageParameterAttribute(Name="Output")]
    string SampleMethod(string Input);
}
System::Object
  System::Attribute
    System.ServiceModel::MessageParameterAttribute
Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0
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