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C# - Difference between Webservice and WCF in

Oct 25, 2012

In this article I will explain difference between webservice and wcf in


In previous post I explained Difference between convert.string and .tostring(), difference between web application and website and many articles relating to Interview Questions in, SQL Server. Now I will explain difference between webservice and wcf in

What is Web Service?

Web Service is an application that is designed to interact directly with other applications over the internet. In simple sense, Web Services are means for interacting with objects over the Internet. The Web serivce consumers are able to invoke method calls on remote objects by using SOAP and HTTP over the Web. WebService is language independent and Web Services communicate by using standard web protocols and data formats, such as HTTP, XML and SOAP. (Read More)

What is WCF (windows communication foundation) Service?

Windows Communication Foundation (Code named Indigo) is a programming platform and runtime system for building, configuring and deploying network-distributed services. It is the latest service oriented technology; Interoperability is the fundamental characteristics of WCF. It is unified programming model provided in .Net Framework 3.0. WCF is a combined feature of Web Service, Remoting, MSMQ and COM+. WCF provides a common platform for all .NET communication. (Read More)

Difference between WCF and Web service

Web service is a part of WCF. WCF offers much more flexibility and portability to develop a service when comparing to web service. Still we are having more advantages over Web service; following table provides detailed difference between them.

Web Service
It can be hosted in IIS
It can be hosted in IIS, windows activation service, Self-hosting, Windows service
[WebService] attribute has to be added to the class
[ServiceContract] attribute has to be added to the class
[WebMethod] attribute represents the method exposed to client
[OperationContract] attribute represents the method exposed to client
One-way, Request- Response are the different operations supported in web service
One-Way, Request-Response, Duplex are different type of operations supported in WCF
System.Xml.serialization name space is used for serialization
System.Runtime.Serialization namespace is used for serialization
XML 1.0, MTOM(Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism), DIME, Custom
XML 1.0, MTOM, Binary, Custom
Can be accessed through HTTP, TCP, Custom
Can be accessed through HTTP, TCP, Named pipes, MSMQ,P2P, Custom
Security, Reliable messaging, Transactions

If you want to know more about WCF check this article Introduction to WCF tutorial

If you want to know more about WebServices check this article Create and Consume WebService tutorial

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bajinder said...

dear sir please hel me .I have the requirement of authentication of my web application users with their eToken, i obtained Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) and accessing the eToken using CAPICOM, everything works fine when i run the solution from .net ide, after hosting in IIS it is not reading the device, it points the etoken port of the iis server, instead of the port in client machine. i am using Aladin client, i searched for many, yet i found few replies only under this section. also in client application not in web app. so pls share your suggestions for the above requirement.

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Anonymous said...

Web service can be accessed via HTTP only but its wrongly written that it can be accessed through HTTP, TCP, Custom

Anonymous said...

Web service can be accessed via HTTP only but its wrongly written that it can be accessed through HTTP, TCP, Custom

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