TransactionFlowOption Enumeration
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TransactionFlowOption Enumeration


An enumeration that is used with the TransactionFlowAttribute to specify the transaction flow policy for a service operation.

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

public enum TransactionFlowOption

Member nameDescription

Transaction may be flowed.


Transaction must be flowed.


A transaction should not be flowed. This is the default value.

This enumeration is used to instantiate an instance of the TransactionFlowAttribute class, which is used to mark a service contract method to indicate its transaction flow policy.

The following code example demonstrates the use of this enumeration together with the TransactionFlowOption class at the operation level.

using System;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.Transactions;

namespace Microsoft.WCF.Documentation
  public interface IBehaviorService
    string TxWork(string message);

  // Note: To use the TransactionIsolationLevel property, you 
  // must add a reference to the System.Transactions.dll assembly.
  /* The following service implementation:
   *   -- Processes messages on one thread at a time
   *   -- Creates one service object per session
   *   -- Releases the service object when the transaction commits
  public class BehaviorService : IBehaviorService, IDisposable
    Guid myID;

    public BehaviorService()
      myID = Guid.NewGuid();
        "Object "
        + myID.ToString()
        + " created.");

     * The following operation-level behaviors are specified:
     *   -- The executing transaction is committed when
     *        the operation completes without an 
     *        unhandled exception
     *   -- Always executes under a flowed transaction.
      TransactionAutoComplete = true,
      TransactionScopeRequired = true
    public string TxWork(string message)
      // Do some transactable work.
      Console.WriteLine("TxWork called with: " + message);
      // Display transaction information.

      TransactionInformation info = Transaction.Current.TransactionInformation;
      Console.WriteLine("The distributed tx ID: {0}.", info.DistributedIdentifier);
      Console.WriteLine("The tx status: {0}.", info.Status);
      return String.Format("Hello. This was object {0}.",myID.ToString()) ;

    public void Dispose()
        "Service "
        + myID.ToString()
        + " is being recycled."

.NET Framework
Available since 3.0
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