WCF is Now Open Source

Microsoft has just announced the open-sourcing of WCF. The announcement is via a .NET Foundation blog post by Martin:

“We’re excited to announce a new open source project on GitHub from the WCF team at Microsoft. This new version of WCF targets .NET Core and has been donated to the family of .NET Foundation open source projects.”

Microsoft has been open-sourcing its .NET Framework and related libraries, APIs, and products since last year.

The WCF Project is available on GitHub here >

What WCF is
Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is a framework for building service-oriented applications. Using WCF, you can send data as asynchronous messages from one service endpoint to another. A service endpoint can be part of a continuously available service hosted by IIS, or it can be a service hosted in an application. An endpoint can be a client of a service that requests data from a service endpoint. The messages can be as simple as a single character or word sent as XML, or as complex as a stream of binary data. A few sample scenarios include: 
  • A secure service to process business transactions.
  • A service that supplies current data to others, such as a traffic report or other monitoring service.
  • A chat service that allows two people to communicate or exchange data in real time.
  • A dashboard application that polls one or more services for data and presents it in a logical presentation.
  • Exposing a workflow implemented using Windows Workflow Foundation as a WCF service.
  • A Silverlight application to poll a service for the latest data feeds.