Basic WCF Programming


This section presents the fundamentals for creating Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) applications.

In This Section

Basic Programming Lifecycle

Describes the lifecycle of designing, building, and deploying WCF service and client applications.

Designing and Implementing Services

Describes how to design and implement a service contract, choose a message exchange pattern, specify a fault contract, and other basic aspects of services.

Configuring Services

Describes how to configure a WCF service to support the contract requirements, customize local runtime behavior, and indicate the address to publish the service.

Hosting Services

Describes the basics of hosting services in an application.

Building Clients

Describes how to obtain metadata from services, convert that into WCF client code, handle security issues, and build, configure, and host an WCF client.

Introduction to Extensibility

Describes how to extend WCF to create custom solutions.

WCF Troubleshooting Quickstart

Describes some of the most common issues that occur, what you can do to solve them, and where to locate more information about the issue.


Discusses the two technologies, how they relate to each other, and when to use them.