IServiceBehavior.ApplyDispatchBehavior Method (ServiceDescription, ServiceHostBase)


Provides the ability to change run-time property values or insert custom extension objects such as error handlers, message or parameter interceptors, security extensions, and other custom extension objects.

Namespace:   System.ServiceModel.Description
Assembly:  System.ServiceModel (in System.ServiceModel.dll)

Sub ApplyDispatchBehavior (
	serviceDescription As ServiceDescription,
	serviceHostBase As ServiceHostBase


Type: System.ServiceModel.Description.ServiceDescription

The service description.

Type: System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostBase

The host that is currently being built.

Implement the ApplyDispatchBehavior method to inspect or modify the ServiceHostBase object that is being constructed in order to support some custom execution scenario.


All of the IServiceBehavior methods pass System.ServiceModel.Description.ServiceDescription and System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostBase objects as a parameters. The ServiceDescription parameter is for examination and insertion of customizations only; if you otherwise modify these objects the execution behavior is undefined.

The following code example shows the use of a service behavior specified in a configuration file to insert a custom error handler in a service application. In this example, the error handler catches all exceptions and converts them into a custom GreetingFault SOAP fault that is then returned to the client.

The following IServiceBehavior implementation adds no binding parameter objects, adds the custom System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.IErrorHandler object to each ChannelDispatcher.ErrorHandlers property, and validates that each operation of the service to which the service behavior is applied and has a System.ServiceModel.FaultContractAttribute of type GreetingFault.

' This behavior modifies no binding parameters.
#Region "IServiceBehavior Members"
Public Sub AddBindingParameters(ByVal description As ServiceDescription, ByVal serviceHostBase As ServiceHostBase, ByVal endpoints As System.Collections.ObjectModel.Collection(Of ServiceEndpoint), ByVal parameters As System.ServiceModel.Channels.BindingParameterCollection) Implements IServiceBehavior.AddBindingParameters
End Sub

' This behavior is an IErrorHandler implementation and 
' must be applied to each ChannelDispatcher.
Public Sub ApplyDispatchBehavior(ByVal description As ServiceDescription, ByVal serviceHostBase As ServiceHostBase) Implements IServiceBehavior.ApplyDispatchBehavior
  Console.WriteLine("The EnforceGreetingFaultBehavior has been applied.")
  For Each chanDisp As ChannelDispatcher In serviceHostBase.ChannelDispatchers
  Next chanDisp
End Sub

' This behavior requires that the contract have a SOAP fault with a detail type of GreetingFault.
Public Sub Validate(ByVal description As ServiceDescription, ByVal serviceHostBase As ServiceHostBase) Implements IServiceBehavior.Validate
  Console.WriteLine("Validate is called.")
  For Each se As ServiceEndpoint In description.Endpoints
	' Must not examine any metadata endpoint.
	If se.Contract.Name.Equals("IMetadataExchange") AndAlso se.Contract.Namespace.Equals("") Then
	  Continue For
	End If
	For Each opDesc As OperationDescription In se.Contract.Operations
	  If opDesc.Faults.Count = 0 Then
		Throw New InvalidOperationException(String.Format("EnforceGreetingFaultBehavior requires a " & "FaultContractAttribute(typeof(GreetingFault)) in each operation contract.  " & "The ""{0}"" operation contains no FaultContractAttribute.", opDesc.Name))
	  End If
	  Dim gfExists As Boolean = False
	  For Each fault As FaultDescription In opDesc.Faults
		If fault.DetailType.Equals(GetType(GreetingFault)) Then
		  gfExists = True
		  Continue For
		End If
	  Next fault
	  If gfExists = False Then
		Throw New InvalidOperationException("EnforceGreetingFaultBehavior requires a FaultContractAttribute(typeof(GreetingFault)) in an operation contract.")
	  End If
	Next opDesc
  Next se
End Sub
#End Region

In this example, the behavior class also implements System.ServiceModel.Configuration.BehaviorExtensionElement, which enables the service behavior to be inserted by using it in an application configuration file, as the following code example demonstrates.

.NET Framework
Available since 3.0
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