WCF Service using Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition (Beta 2)

WCF Service using Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition (Beta 2)


Template is great and fun. Visual Web Developer comes with a new template, WCFService. This template will generate few files for the project. Those files that attract my attention are IService.cs, Service.cs and Service.svc.


After creating the WCFService then start a new session of Visual Web Developer and create an ASP.NET Web Site. Add the WCF Service in the web site by clicking the Website on the pull down menu then choose Add Service Reference… 


Type in the address for the service in address textbox, http://localhost/webwcf/service.svc is the default, then click Go. Then the developers should be able to instantiate the service like:


ServiceReference.ServiceClient svc = new ServiceReference.ServiceClient();


It is simple to create and use. Nevertheless, I have a question that still finding the answer. The question is, what are the advantages of using WCFService over Web Service? Comment is very much welcome.


Download Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition (Beta 2) here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/express/default.aspx

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1 Response to WCF Service using Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition (Beta 2)

  1. Hammad says:

    Following are my two cents on your question:
    Although this discussion can be extensive and cover many aspects but i will focus on three major dimensions:
    1- Design:
    WCF is a way much better designed model for Service Oriented development. The reason why I say that is because with WCF you have the means for representing Service Contracts and Data Contracts that could form the basis for "Contract First Development". WCF offers better separation of concerns allowing implicit support for separating implementation details from exposed service. Support for configuration at design-time and run-time through code and configuration are all but examples of a better design product.
    2- Performance:
    WCF offers way much better performance as compared to asmx web services. You can check out http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb310550.aspx.
    3: Feature-set:
    Last but not the least, WCF offers much more than what our good old asmx web service used to offer. I will list down some of the features as bullet points:
    – Support for Queue and Reliable Sessions
    – Transactional Support
    – P2P Development
    – Interoperability with COM+
    – (Large data) Streaming Data Transfer
    – Syndication Support
    – REST Based Programming
    In short WCF is an evolution of Distributed (service oriented) computing at Microsoft. While ASMX was a "quick fix" solution for developing web services, WCF is a complete (and extensible) offering that encompasses all the needs for developing enterprise level distributed and service oriented applications/services. WCF offers a consistent programming model across all the verticals in MS technology stack ( untill WCF was released, MSMQ had its own programming model, ASMX was different, Remoting had its own constructs, etc. etc.)
    I hope I was able to answer your question.
    Happy programming with WCF (Dub-See-Eff) 🙂

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