Data Transfer and Serialization


In a connected system, services and clients depend on the exchange of data to accomplish any task. As a developer of a service or client, you must also understand how Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) handles data and data serialization in order to create applications that are efficient and easy to maintain.

In This Section

Specifying Data Transfer in Service Contracts

Describes the basic concepts of data transfer in services.

Using Data Contracts

Describes what data contracts are and how to create and use them.

Data Contract Serializer

Describes how to accomplish serialization of data with the DataContractSerializer class or any extension of the XmlObjectSerializer class.

Using the XmlSerializer Class

Describes how and why to use the XmlSerializer class, an alternative to the DataContractSerializer class.

Using Message Contracts

Describes how message contracts allow fine control over SOAP messages.

Using the Message Class

Describes how to use Message class features.


Describes filtering, which enables pre-processing of a message based on various criteria.

Large Data and Streaming

Describes how to send a large block of data, such as a binary file.

Security Considerations for Data

Describes items to be aware of when programming data transfer and serialization.

Data Transfer Architectural Overview

Describes a view of the overall design of data transfer in WCF.