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Service Class

Groups together a set of related instances of the Port class that are associated with an XML Web service. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:  System.Web.Services.Description
Assembly:  System.Web.Services (in System.Web.Services.dll)

public sealed class Service : NamedItem

The Service type exposes the following members.

Public methodServiceInitializes a new instance of the Service class.

Public propertyDocumentationGets or sets the text documentation for the instance of the DocumentableItem. (Inherited from DocumentableItem.)
Public propertyDocumentationElementGets or sets the documentation element for the DocumentableItem. (Inherited from DocumentableItem.)
Public propertyExtensibleAttributesGets or sets an array of type XmlAttribute that represents attribute extensions of WSDL to comply with Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) Basic Profile 1.1. (Inherited from DocumentableItem.)
Public propertyExtensionsGets the collection of extensibility elements associated with the Service. (Overrides DocumentableItem.Extensions.)
Public propertyNameGets or sets the name of the item. (Inherited from NamedItem.)
Public propertyNamespacesGets or sets the dictionary of namespace prefixes and namespaces used to preserve namespace prefixes and namespaces when a ServiceDescription object is constructed. (Inherited from DocumentableItem.)
Public propertyPortsGets the collection of Port instances contained in the Service.
Public propertyServiceDescriptionGets the ServiceDescription of which the Service is a member.

Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

The Service class corresponds to the Web Services Description Language (WSDL) <service> element enclosed by the <definitions> root element. For more information about WSDL, see the specification at

using System;
using System.Web.Services.Description;
using System.Xml;

class MyServiceClass
   public static void Main()
         // Read a WSDL document.
         ServiceDescription myServiceDescription = 
         ServiceCollection myServiceCollection = 

         int noOfServices = myServiceCollection.Count;
         Console.WriteLine("\nTotal number of services: " + noOfServices);

         // Gets a reference to the service.
         Service  myOldService = myServiceCollection[0];
         Console.WriteLine("No. of ports in the service: "+
         Console.WriteLine("These are the ports in the service:");
         for(int i = 0 ; i < myOldService.Ports.Count; i++)
            Console.WriteLine("Port name: " + myOldService.Ports[i].Name);
         Console.WriteLine("Service name: " + myOldService.Name);

         Service myService = new Service();
         myService.Name = "MathService";

         // Add the Ports to the newly created Service.
         for(int i = 0; i < myOldService.Ports.Count; i++)
            string PortName = myServiceCollection[0].Ports[i].Name;
            string BindingName = myServiceCollection[0].Ports[i].Binding.Name;

         Console.WriteLine("Newly created ports -");
         for(int i = 0; i < myService.Ports.Count; i++)
            Console.WriteLine("Port name: " + myOldService.Ports[i].Name);

         // Add the extensions to the newly created Service.
         int noOfExtensions = myOldService.Extensions.Count;
         Console.WriteLine("No. of extensions: " + noOfExtensions);
         if (noOfExtensions > 0)
            for(int i = 0; i < myOldService.Ports.Count; i++)

         // Remove the service from the collection.

         // Add the newly created service.

      catch(Exception e)
         Console.WriteLine("Exception: " + e.Message);

   public static Port CreatePort(string PortName,string BindingName,
      string targetNamespace)
      Port myPort = new Port();
      myPort.Name = PortName;
      myPort.Binding = new XmlQualifiedName(BindingName,targetNamespace);

      // Create a SoapAddress extensibility element to add to the port.
      SoapAddressBinding mySoapAddressBinding = new SoapAddressBinding();
      mySoapAddressBinding.Location = 
      return myPort;

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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.