This book is a step-by-step tutorial with clear instructions and screenshots to guide you through the creation of a multi-tier real-world WCF service solution. Configuration files, host applications, test clients, and WCF services for each solution will be available for download on this website for you to examine, modify, and debug from the outside to the inside. The book focuses on the essentials of using WCF and LINQ, rather than providing a reference to every single possibility. It leaves the reference material online where it belongs, and concentrates instead on practical examples, code, and advice. This book is for C# and C++ developers who are eager to get started with WCF and LINQ, and want a book that is practical and rich with examples from the very beginning. Developers and architects evaluating SOA implementation technologies for their company will find this book particularly useful because it gets you started with Microsoft's tools for SOA and shows you how to customize our examples for your prototypes. This book presumes basic knowledge of C# or C++. Previous experience with Visual Studio will be helpful but is not required, as detailed instructions are given throughout the book.
Mike Liu is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) for both .NET and Visual Studio 6.0, and a Sun Certified Java Programmer. He has over two decade's software development experience in several countries for various domains. Mike started using C# for production development back in the year 2001 when C# was still in Beta stage. He has authored a few books in Unix and Windows operating systems, with the latest one, Advanced C# Programming, being published in 2003. Mike Liu holds a Master's degree in software engineering from Brandeis University. He is currently working as a Principal Software Engineer for a national student loan guarantor company in the United States, responsible for architecting, designing, developing and maintaining technical application architecture for the company. He is the lead for the SOA implementation team in the company, and has been involved in many aspects of the SOA realization projects including WCF and LINQ preparation, BPM selection, and ESB product evaluation.