If you are into building websites and want to take it to the next level but dont quite know how to put it together, the Patterns and Practices team have the solution for you.

The Web Service Software Factory (also known as the Service Factory) is an integrated collection of tools, patterns, source code and prescriptive guidance that helps our customers quickly and consistently construct Web services that adhere to well known architecture and design patterns. The Service Factory provides guidance that addresses many of the challenges associated with building WCF and ASP.NET Web services and the components of a distributed application. These challenges include:

  • Designing WCF and ASMX messages and service interfaces.
  • Creating service contracts from existing WSDL and XSD files.
  • Applying exception shielding and exception handling.
  • Designing business entities in the domain model.
  • Translating messages to and from business entities.
  • Designing, building, and invoking the data access layer.
  • Validating many aspects of the service using code analysis.
  • Applying message-level security to WCF services.
  • Planning for the migration to WCF.
  • Applying message validation.

Looks cool.  You'll need a server with .Net 3.0 installed to take advantage of WCF, but this is a pretty exciting space to be working in.  WCF and the web creates a whole bunch of new possibilities.