Windows Communication Foundation Step By Step
Windows Communication Foundation Step By Step

Author:John Sharp
Publisher: Microsoft Press, 2007
Pages: 448
ISBN: 978-0735623361
Aimed at: .NET developers new to WCF
Rating: 3.5
Pros: Hands on, practical introduction to WCF
Cons: Minor technical issues; not a "keeper"
Reviewed by: Dave Wheeler

This book containing a series of hands-on exercises that will help you to quickly learn how to use WCF in your applications. Note that it relates to .NET 3.0 - but we haven't all upgraded yet. 

Sharp writes well; the exercises work and highlight the points that they were intending to; in other words the book does what it says on the tin, and does it well.
I had some teething troubles installing the required software on Windows Vista, as the book uses the Microsoft P&P Enterprise Library, but beyond that and a few minor niggles everything went smoothly.

It's hard to get excited about the Step by Step books, but if you need to get up to speed with WCF, you're pressed for time and learn best by typing then this book is not a bad option. As with all Step by Step books, though, the emphasis is on the "how" of the technology being presented, not the "why".

Sharp's writing is concise and informative, but clearly constrained within the format of this book. Given the likely audience of senior developers/architects for this technology area, this lack of depth – and the requirement to complete the exercises to gain much benefit from the book – might dissuade many from opting for this book.

In conclusion, this book provides a good, introductory set of hands-on exercises to help you pick up WCF. However, with other richer and more detailed books now available on WCF and relating to more recent versions of .NET,  unless you specifically like the Step by Step format then you would be advised to check out one of the other books that cover this technology.

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Practical Software Architecture

Author: Tilak Mitra
Publisher: IBM Press / Pearson
Pages: 304
ISBN: 978-0133763034
Print: 013376303X
Kindle: B0186FU898
Audience: Software Architects
Rating: 4.5
Reviewer: Alex Denham

Is there a way to use software architecture techniques while taking a practical approach to development?



C# 6 for Programmers

Authors: Paul and Harvey Deitel
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Pages: 400

ISBN: 978-0134596327
Print: 0134596323
Kindle: B01KI6RG20
Audience: Intermediate programmers
Rating: 3
Reviewer: Ian Elliot
C# is undergoing a revival since going open source. Now is a good time to learn it.


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