Sunday, 26 September 2010

WCF bindings

Here is a quick aide-mémoire about WCF bindings. This table is basically taken from the MSDN documentation for WCF bindings in .Net 3.5 with a few extra notes here and there.

Binding Configuration Element Description

BasicHttpBinding

<basicHttpBinding>

A binding that is suitable for communicating with WS-Basic Profile conformant Web services, for example, ASP.NET Web services (ASMX)-based services. This binding uses HTTP as the transport and text/XML as the default message encoding.

WSHttpBinding

<wsHttpBinding>

A secure and interoperable binding that is suitable for non-duplex service contracts.

Supports the latest interoperable web service standards (WS*) and is compatible with more recent web service stacks. *

WSDualHttpBinding

<wsDualHttpBinding>

A secure and interoperable binding that is suitable for duplex service contracts or communication through SOAP intermediaries.

WSFederationHttpBinding

<wsFederationHttpBinding>

A secure and interoperable binding that supports the WS-Federation protocol that enables organizations that are in a federation to efficiently authenticate and authorize users.

A web service binding that supports WS* as it relates to federated and single sign-on security scenarios. *

NetTcpBinding

<netTcpBinding>

A secure and optimized binding suitable for cross-machine communication between WCF applications.

A connection-oriented binding for communications across process and machine boundaries over TCP. *

NetNamedPipeBinding

<netNamedPipeBinding>

A secure, reliable, optimized binding that is suitable for on-machine communication between WCF applications.

A connection-oriented binding for communications on the same machine over named-pipes. *

NetMsmqBinding

<netMsmqBinding>

A queued binding that is suitable for cross-machine communication between WCF applications.

Supports durable reliable messaging over MSMQ. *

NetPeerTcpBinding

<netPeerTcpBinding>

A binding that enables secure, multiple machine communication.

Supports peer-to-peer and broadcast communications. *

MsmqIntegrationBinding

<msmqIntegrationBinding>

A binding that is suitable for cross-machine communication between a WCF application and existing Message Queuing applications.

Supports integration with legacy MSMQ components. *

BasicHttpContextBinding

<basicHttpContextBinding>

A binding that is suitable for communicating with WS-Basic Profile conformant Web services that enables HTTP cookies to be used to exchange context.

NetTcpContextBinding

<netTcpContextBinding>

A secure and optimized binding suitable for cross-machine communication between WCF applications that enables SOAP headers to be used to exchange context.

WebHttpBinding

<webHttpBinding>

A binding used to configure endpoints for WCF Web services that are exposed through HTTP requests instead of SOAP messages.

WSHttpContextBinding

<wsHttpContextBinding>

A secure and interoperable binding that is suitable for non-duplex service contracts that enables SOAP headers to be used to exchange context.

* pp160-161, Learning WCF, Michelle Leroux Bustamonte

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