It could be asked in various form like Why WCF is better than Web Services
As we know there are various techniques to create distributes system. Some of them are Web Service,.Net Remoting.
Sometimes there may be the scenario that which technology should we use to develop a distributed application. And if there is a requirement for enhancement then how difficult would it be to switch over among technologies.
Let’s look at differences between WCF and Web Service.
Multiple hosting options – IIS, Self Hosting, WAS Hosting
IIS hosting is the only option
HTTP, TCP, MSMQ, Named Pipe protocol supported
HTTP and HTTPS only
Multiple message pattern like XML, JSON, Plain Text format supported
Support XML only.
WCF supports REST Pattern
Web service does not support REST
WCF has the various contract like Operation Contract, Data Contract, Message Contract, Fault Contract
Web Services has Web Methods
WCF was released in .Net framework 3.0
Web Service was released in ASP.Net 2.0
WCF uses ServiceBehavior class to support multithreading
Web Service does not support multi-threading
WCF service uses [Servicecontract], [OperationContract] attributes
Web Service uses [WebMethod] attributes
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- Introduction to WCF
- ABC of WCF
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- WCF Data Contract vs Message Contract
- Message Contract
- Data Contract Serialization and De-Serialization
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- Self Hosting in WCF
- How to create WCF RESTful Service.