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Vista Series: Windows Communication Foundation

In the first installment of this 3-part series, we covered the Windows Presentation Foundation. Now we'll tackle the Windows Communication Foundation (formerly known as "Indigo"). WCF is a unified programming model that merges existing Microsoft distributed technologies into a single service-oriented framework. This unification approach – along with support for the most important WS-* standards – means that your life as a Microsoft developer just got a little easier ...and a little broader. Browse the resources below to learn how to simplify application-to-application communication in a cross-platform world.

Don't miss the first guide in this Vista Series covering the Windows Presentation Foundation or the concluding guide on the Windows Workflow Foundation.

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   WCF Quickstart
   WCF Downloads and Samples
   WCF Hands-On Labs
   WCF Articles and Columns
   WCF Tutorials and How-To's
   WCF Webcasts and Video
   WCF Reference and Documentation
   WCF Forums and Blogs

"Windows Communication Foundation (formerly code-named "Indigo") is a set of .NET technologies for building and running connected systems. It is a new breed of communications infrastructure built around the Web services architecture. Advanced Web services support in Windows Communication Foundation provides secure, reliable, and transacted messaging along with interoperability. The service-oriented programming model of Windows Communication Foundation is built on the Microsoft .NET Framework and simplifies development of connected systems. Windows Communication Foundation unifies a broad array of distributed systems capabilities in a composable and extensible architecture, spanning transports, security systems, messaging patterns, encodings, network topologies, and hosting models."

WCF Quickstart Table of Contents

WCF Downloads Table of Contents

WCF Hands-On Labs Table of Contents
Microsoft: "Try out 2 new Virtual Labs that will walk you through the latest functionality of the exciting new features of Windows Communication Foundation. Windows Communication Foundation (previously codenamed "Indigo") is Microsoft's unified framework for rapidly building distributed applications. With WCF, you can build secure, reliable, transacted Web services applications that interoperate with applications built on other platforms and integrate with the applications you're building on today's .NET technologies. These labs will guide you through the fundamentals of building powerful WCF services. You don't even need to install the bits—just use the Virtual Labs to see what WCF can do for you. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks at any time."

WCF Articles Table of Contents

WCF Tutorials Table of Contents

WCF Webcasts Table of Contents

WCF Reference and Documentation Table of Contents

WCF Forums and Blogs Table of Contents

Brent Sheets is a former Senior Editor at TechTarget and a frequent contributor to SearchVB.com. He founded and managed the popular Visual Basic Web Directory website until it was acquired by TechTarget in 2000 and relaunched as SearchVB.com. Brent offers tips and tweaks about Apple technology at Mactoids.com.

This was first published in June 2006

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