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  • Blog Post: Using DataContracts with WCF Web API

    A few folks have been asking if it is possible to serialize/deserialize using the DataContractSerializer. Rest assured, yes it is possible. Now whether or not it is the easiest/most intuitive model well that it is a different question. If you read to the end the post you will see a bunch of extensions...
  • Blog Post: How to eliminate tempuri.org from your service WSDL

    tempuri.org is the default namespace applied to WCF Services and Workflow Services.  You can and should specify your service namespace. It is recommended that you explicitly specify a name and namespace for the service contract, and an action for each operation to avoid using " http://tempuri...
  • Blog Post: WCF Extensibility – Operation Selectors

    This post is part of a series about WCF extensibility points. For a list of all previous posts and planned future ones, go to the index page . We’re now entering the realm of the less used extensibility points for the WCF runtime. Operation selectors could well be left as an internal implementation detail...
  • Blog Post: WCF scales up slowly with bursts of work

    A few customers have noticed an issue with WCF scaling up when handling a burst of requests. Fortunately, there is a very simple workaround for this problem that is covered in KB2538826 (thanks to David Lamb for the investigation and write up). The KB article provides a lot of good information about...
  • Blog Post: WCF Extensibility – Message Formatters

    This post is part of a series about WCF extensibility points. For a list of all previous posts and planned future ones, go to the index page . Message formatters are the component which do the translation between CLR operations and the WCF Message object – their role is to convert all the operation...
  • Blog Post: WCF Extensibility – IParameterInspector

    This post is part of a series about WCF extensibility points. For a list of all previous posts and planned future ones, go to the index page . The message inspectors, described in the previous post of this series, allows you complete control over the message going through the WCF stack. They’re very...
  • Blog Post: WCF Extensibility – Message Inspectors

    This post is part of a series about WCF extensibility points. For a list of all previous posts and planned future ones, go to the index page . The message inspectors are probably the most used extensibility points of the WCF runtime. Anytime you need to log, inspect, modify or completely replace a message...
  • Blog Post: WCF Extensibility – Runtime

    This post is part of a series about WCF extensibility points. For a list of all previous posts and planned future ones, go to the index page . Before starting on the actual extensibility points for the WCF runtime (first post should be online tomorrow), I decided to write this quick introduction to the...
  • Blog Post: WCF Extensibility - IOperationBehavior

    This post is part of a series about WCF extensibility points. For a list of all previous posts and planned future ones, go to the index page . The last of the behavior interfaces in WCF is the IOperationBehavior . The scope of this one is limited to an individual operation, so one can have different...
  • Blog Post: WCF Extensibility – IEndpointBehavior

    This post is part of a series about WCF extensibility points. For a list of all previous posts and planned future ones, go to the index page . The next behavior in the list is the IEndpointBehavior . Like the other ones, it can be used to inspect and change the endpoint description (which includes the...
  • Blog Post: WCF Extensibility – IContractBehavior

    This post is part of a series about WCF extensibility points. For a list of all previous posts and planned future ones, go to the index page . Going down the list of behaviors, the second one to be covered is the IContractBehavior . Like the other ones, it can be used to inspect or change the contract...
  • Blog Post: WCF Extensibility - IServiceBehavior

    This post is part of a series about WCF extensibility points. For a list of all previous posts and planned future ones, go to the index page . The first behavior covered in this series is the IServiceBehavior . It can be used to inspect or change the entire service description and runtime. For example...
  • Blog Post: WCF Extensibility – Behaviors

    This post is part of a series about WCF extensibility points. For a list of all previous posts and planned future ones, go to the index page . The first part of this series will focus on the behaviors. There are four kinds of behaviors, depending on the scope to which they apply: service, endpoint, contract...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - WCF Web HTTP (REST) Test Tool Preview

    The other day, I walked by the office where our team members from Shanghai work while in Redmond and I ran into Leo Shum, a test lead on the new WCF Web HTTP (REST) Test Tool. On this episode, Leo joins me in the studio to show you how this new tool works. Though it's not yet shipping, we definitely...
  • Blog Post: AppFabric WCF Service Template (C#)

    Now available Download the AppFabric WCF Service Template C# Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft’s unified programming model for building service-oriented applications. Windows Server AppFabric provides tools for managing and monitoring your web services and workflows. The AppFabric WCF...
  • Blog Post: Adding vcard support and bookmarked URIs for specific representations with WCF Web Apis

    REST is primarily about 2 things, Resources and Representations. If you’ve seen any of my recent talks you’ve probably seen me open Fiddler and how our ContactManager sample supports multiple representations including Form Url Encoded, Xml, Json and yes an Image. I use the image example continually not...
  • Blog Post: WCF Web APIs Roundup–Volume 2

    Been a while since our last roundup and since my last blog post for that matter! Fortunately there’s been a bunch of cool stuff going on in the community with our Web APIs that I can point you to. Great to see the community momentum pick up as we cross the 5000 download mark on Codeplex ! Blogs WCF Web...
  • Blog Post: WCF Web APIs Roundup - Volume 1

    A little over a month ago we launched our new WCF Web Apis on Codeplex . Since then a bunch of folks in the community (and some internal folks) have been posting about their own explorations / thoughts of the new bits. it’s great to see the work that they are doing! I am going to start aggregating these...
  • Blog Post: WCF and AppFabric Auto-Start

    Auto-start is a really cool feature of Windows Server AppFabric. Recently I was asked about how you can do some kind of process initialization in your code with Auto-start (which the documentation implies that you can do). This led to a discussion with a number of questions that we want to address ...
  • Blog Post: Streaming over HTTP with WCF

    Recently I had a customer email me looking for information on how to send and receive large files with a WCF HTTP service. WCF supports streaming specifically for these types of scenarios.  Basically with streaming support you can create a service operation which receives a stream as it’s incoming...
  • Blog Post: Are you using WCF within your organization?

    Do you use WCF within your organization either for internal apis for exposing services and functionality to 3rd parties? We’re looking to connect with customers using our stuff in the real world so we can understand your use cases, the things you’ve liked about WCF and where you’d like to see us improve...
  • Blog Post: WCF Web APIs, HTTP your way

    At PDC in my session  “Building Web APIs for the Highly Connected Web” we announced WCF Web APIs, new work we are doing to make HTTP first class in WCF. In this post I am going to describe what we are doing and why. If you are saying, “just show me the bits”, then just head on over to wcf.codeplex...
  • Blog Post: Taking HTTP support in WCF to the next level

    If you are building for the web and the cloud, then you know that HTTP is important. WCF is no stranger to HTTP. Since .NET 3.5, we’ve been continually delivering capabilities in the platform to enable developers to expose services as resources over HTTP. Now we’re looking to raise the bar several notches...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Meet SO-Aware (Part 1)

    SO-Aware is an exciting new tool you can use with your WCF Services. This is not just another UDDI registry. Rather, this is a tool that works for SOAP, REST, and OData services and...you just have to see it in action. Tellago Studios SO-Aware endpoint.tv - Meet SO-Aware (Part 2 - coming soon) Ron Jacobs...
  • Blog Post: Using WF/WCF? Tell us about it!

    Are you using WF/WCF in .NET 4? Would you like to help us improve WF/WCF in the next release? Would you mind spending an hour or two in a conference call talking about what you like, don't like and need help with? We are looking for customers who would be willing to share their stories with...
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