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This article attempts to explain and demo, at the simplest level, how developers can consume Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services. It's helpful to understand ASP.NET Web services and have used them before reading this article. What Is WCF Anyway? WCF is Microsoft's name for its technology that unifies the programming model for interoperability. By using WCF we can connect to SOAP services (such as .NET, ASMX, or WebSphere). WCF also allows developers, especially front-end developers, to consume such services easily. Furthermore it allows service developers to leverage a number of useful WS* standards such as transactions, security, reliable delivery, messaging, etc. - but that's another article. See Figure 1 And Why Do I Care? If you're working by yourself or in a small shop that does mostly tactical applications, you may not care. For those developers wor... (more)