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Step by step: Create a simple WCF Service

In this post, I am going to explain creating a WCF service in step by step,

a. Create a WCF Service Application as shown below,


b.  Delete any .cs file created but keep the .svc file

The .svc file should be changed to point to the service implementation as shown below.

<%@ ServiceHost Language=”C#” Debug=”false” Service=”WcfServiceLibrary1.Service1″ %> 

The project should not contain a global.asax file.

c. Create a WCF Service Library project which will be used by the SVC file as shown in step b.

d. In the WCF Servce Library project, define the methods as shown below,

    public interface IService1
        /// <summary>
        /// Returns the basic details of all employees
        /// </summary>
        /// <returns>list of all employees</returns>
        List<Employee> GetAllEmployeeBasicDetails();

        /// <summary>
        /// Fetches the full name of an employee by employee id.
        /// </summary>
        /// <returns>full name of an employee</returns>
        string GetEmployeeFullNameById(string Id);

 Add the attribute [OperationContract] for all the methods.

e. Implement the IService1 interface members in a class as shown below,

public class Service1:IService1
        List<Employee> IEmployeeManager.GetAllEmployeeBasicDetails()
                return new DataService().GetAllEmployee();
                //handle exception here
                return null;

        string IEmployeeManager.GetEmployeeFullNameById(string Id)
            return “”;

f. Add a class library project which will interact with the datasource. This project will be used by WCF Service Library application.

g. Creat a project to hold the entities. The entities (classes) should be created with DataContract attribure and Properties should contain DataMember attribute as shown below,

    public class Employee
        public string EmployeeId { get; set; }
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public DateTime DateOfBirth { get; set; }
        public string Gender { get; set; }      

h. Finally, the complete structure of your WCF Service project will be as shown below,

This is all you need to do for creating a WCF service. I will explain the binding concepts, hosting, security and advanced features in my upcoming posts.


October 13, 2010 - Posted by | WCF


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