WCF 4.0 Multi-tier Services Development with LINQ to Entities

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  • Create, host, and consume your first WCF service in just a few minutes
  • Explore various hosting and debugging options for a WCF service
  • Build a multi-tier real-world WCF service from scratch to understand every layer of a WCF service and apply it to your real work
  • Add exception handling to your WCF services
  • Understand the basic and advanced concepts and features of LINQ and LINQ to Entities
  • Use LINQ to Entities in the data access layer of a WCF service
  • Control concurrent updates to databases with WCF and LINQ to Entities
  • Add distributed transaction support to your WCF services
  • Test a WCF service from a console program, the VS2010 built-in WCF Test Client, a Windows Form application, and a WPF test client

WCF is the Microsoft model for building services, whereas LINQ to Entities is the Microsoft ORM for accessing underlying data storage. Want to learn both? You would normally have to dig through huge reference tomes—so wouldn't you agree that a simple-to-follow practical tutorial on WCF and LINQ to Entities is the way to get ahead?

This book is the quickest and easiest way to learn WCF and LINQ to Entities in Visual Studio 2010. WCF and LINQ to Entities are both powerful yet complex technologies from Microsoft—but you will be surprised at how easily this book will get you get up and running with them.

Mastery of these two topics will quickly enable you to create Service-Oriented applications, and allow you to take your first steps into the world of Service Oriented Architecture without becoming overwhelmed.

Through this book, you will learn what's going on behind the scenes with WCF, and dive into the basic yet most useful techniques for LINQ to Entities. You will develop three real-world multi-tiered WCF services from beginning to end, with LINQ to Entities being used in the data access layer of the services. Various clients including windows console applications, the WCF Test Client, Windows Form applications and WPF applications will be created to test these WCF services. By the end of this book, you will be 100% confident that you know WCF and LINQ to Entities, not only in theory, but with sound real-world experience.

  • Master WCF and LINQ to Entities concepts by completing practical examples and applying them to your real-world assignments
  • The first and only book to combine WCF and LINQ to Entities in a multi-tier real-world WCF service
  • Ideal for beginners who want to build scalable, powerful, easy-to-maintain WCF services
  • Rich with example code, clear explanations, interesting examples, and practical advice – a truly hands-on book for C++ and C# developers
Page Count 348
Course Length 10 hours 26 minutes
ISBN 9781849681148
Date Of Publication 20 Jun 2010


Mike Liu

Mike Liu studied Mathematics and Software Engineering at Nanjing University and Brandeis University, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, respectively. He is a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP), Microsoft Certified Solution Developer for Visual Studio 6.0, and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer for .NET. He has been working as a software engineer/architect on various platforms (DOS, Unix, and Windows) using C/C++, Java, VB/VB.NET, and C#.

Mike started using C# for production development back in the year 2001 when C# was still in beta stage, and he is now working as a senior software engineer for an investment management firm in Boston, Massachusetts, US.

Mike had his first book, MITT: Multi-user Integrated Table-processing Tool Under Unix, Beijing Hangtian University Press, published in 1993, and second book, Advanced C# Programming, Tsinghua University Press, published in 2003. The previous three versions of this book were published in 2008, 2010, and 2012.