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Windows Communication Foundation

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft’s unified programming model for building service-oriented applications. It enables developers to build secure, reliable, transacted solutions that integrate across platforms and interoperate with existing investments.

In This Section

Guide to the Documentation
A set of suggested topics to read, depending on your familiarity (novice to well-acquainted) and requirements.

Conceptual Overview
The larger concepts behind WCF.

Getting Started Tutorial
A set of walkthrough topics that introduces you to the experience of programming WCF applications.

Basic WCF Programming
A set of primer topics that you should understand to become a proficient WCF programmer.

WCF Feature Details
Topics that let you choose which WCF feature or features you need to employ.

Extending WCF
Topics that describe extending or customizing WCF to suit your unique requirements.

Guidelines and Best Practices
Topics that can help you to avoid mistakes and to create reusable applications.

WCF Administration and Diagnostics
Topics that describe a set of WCF functionalities that can help you monitor the different stages of an application’s life and diagnose problems.

WCF System Requirements
A list of WCF requirements.

Operating System Resources Required by WCF
A list of the resources that are provided by the operating system.

Troubleshooting Setup Issues
Describes how to troubleshoot WCF setup issues.

Windows Communication Foundation Glossary
Glossary terms used in WCF.

WCF Samples
Downloadable samples that provide working code projects that demonstrate features and programming techniques for WCF.

WCF Tools
Tools that help you to create and debug WCF applications.

General Reference
Topics that document the XML elements used to configure services and client applications.

Feedback and Community
Information about sending your comments or sharing information with others interested in WCF.

Windows Communication Foundation Privacy Information (Version 3.0)
Information on a feature-by-feature basis about what WCF applications reveal about end users.


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Last Published: 2010-03-21