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  • Blog Post: WSDL-First in WCF, versus WSDL-First in ASMX

    I wanted to point something out regarding the WSDL-First item I posted yesterday . This is a look at the interface generated by the SvcUtil.exe tool for WCF. [System.CodeDom.Compiler.GeneratedCodeAttribute( "System.ServiceModel" , "3.0.0.0" )] [System.ServiceModel.ServiceContractAttribute...
  • Blog Post: WSDL-First development with WCF

    A couple weeks ago I mentioned that you could do WSDL-First development with WCF, but I didn't go into detail as to how that would work. Somebody asked, so I guess I'll describe the specific steps. I want to use a real scenario, so for a WSDL, I will use the WSDL that Microsoft defines for Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Flatten your WSDL with this Custom ServiceHost for WCF

    Yesterday I mentioned using a custom service host to flatten the WSDL that is generated by a WCF service. This is something Christian showed us all how to do a long while ago, to improve interoperability between WCF-implemented services and consumers written on other technology stacks. Flattening WSDL...
  • Blog Post: Custom Config file for a WCF Service hosted in IIS

    I am constantly developing new WCF services to try out various techniques, ideas, scenarios. Many times for these quickie WCF applications I will just use a text editor to write the code. As you know there are multiple options for hosting your WCF services . For these quick apps, I will typically...
  • Blog Post: WADL and WSDL and REST, oh my!

    Hernan Garcia made an interesting comment on my post of yesterday: For REST, there is an alternative to the WSDL in SOAP and it is WADL . Good point Mr Garcia - The adoption and practical utility of WADL is worth watching. The question for me becomes whether WADL+REST is actually better than WSDL...
  • Blog Post: WCF and Apache AXIS interop

    I'm getting back to building and publishing working examples. My latest is a working example of a WCF client communicating with an Apache AXIS 1.4 server, using web services. You can find it here . There's full source code available. This one shows complex types with nesting being transferred between...
  • Blog Post: Improving WCF interop with Websphere/RAD by controlling WSDL Generation

    I wrote about Christian's foray into this area a while back . Now comes news that other people are confronting the same issue, but with Websphere or Rational App Developer. Here's the problem: WCF emits WSDL that is modular - the base WSDL file references other WSDLs and XSDs which are external. Christian...
  • Blog Post: Interop between ASMX and WCF Services

    My esteemed colleague, Kevin , is working on a project where the customer has a bunch of ASP.NET (ASMX) web services, and they are looking at migrating to WCF. The customer's goal is simplicity: in stage 1, they'd like to keep their ASMX files, keep the IIS hosting, but add a .svc file to also host the...
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