WCF Terms

The following are the terms used in WCF


A message contains data which consist of body and headers.


A service is a construct which exposes one or more endpoints. Each endpoint exposing one or more service operations.


Endpoint contains a location (an address) that defines where messages can be sent, a specification of communication mechanism(a binding) that describes how messages should be sent.


An address specifies the location where messages are received. It is specified as a URI.

Service operation

A service operation is a procedure defines in a services’s code that implements the functionality for an operation. This operation is exposed to clients as methods on a WCF client.

Hosting Process

A service must be hosted in some process which include IIS, WAS(windows activation service) and windows services.

WCF Client

A WCF client is client-application that exposes the service operations as methods.A WCF client can be automatically generated by using the ServiceModel Metadata Utility Tool (Svcutil.exe) and pointing it at a running service that publishes metadata.

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