WCF Is Dead and Web API Is Dying – Long Live MVC 6 !!!


There are many reasons why WCF has lost its luster, but the bottom line is that WCF was written for a bygone era and the world has moved on. There are some narrow use cases where it still might make sense to use WCF, for example, message queuing applications where WCF provides a clean abstraction layer over MSMQ, or inter / intra process applications where using WCF with named pipes is a better choice than .NET Remoting. But for developing modern web services, WCF is as dead as a doornail.

Didn’t get the memo? Unfortunately, Microsoft is not in the habit of annoucing when they are no longer recommending a specific technology for new application development. Sometimes there’s a tweet, blog post or press release, as when Bob Muglia famously stated that Microsoft’s Silverlight strategy had “shifted,” but there hasn’t to my knowledge been word from Microsoft that WCF has been quietly deprecated.

One reason might be that countless web services have been built using WCF since its debut in 2007 with .NET 3.0 on Windows Vista, and other frameworks, such as WCF Data Services, WCF RIA Services, and self-hosted Web API’s, have been built on top of WCF. Also, if you need to interoperate with existing SOAP-based web services, you’re going to want to use WCF rather than handcrafted SOAP messages.

Read full article by Tony Sneed – Click Here.

In summary, you should avoid WCF like the plague if you want to develop REST-ful web services with libraries and tools that support modern development approaches and can be readily consumed by a variety of clients, including web and mobile applications.  However, you’re going to want to skip right over ASP.NET Web API and go straight to ASP.NET 5, so that you can build cross-platform web services that are entirely host-independent and can achieve economies of scale when deployed to the Cloud.

Hope this will help !!!

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