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RESTful WCF Service

Posted by: | July 8, 2009 | 8 Comments |

RESTful WCF Services works by identifing the Resources & Action from Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs).


A RESTful web service is called by a unique URI to refer a resource and HTTP verb is to define actions to the resource.


HTTP Method – Verb
GET – Fetch
PUT – Update/Insert
DELETE – Delete
POST – Append


webHttpBinding is a new WCF binding in Fx 3.5 to develop RESTful services. This does not use SOAP envelopes HTTP and HTTPS Transports. It supports XML, JSON and Binary (streams).


WebServiceHost is a specialized SerivceHost which automatically configures address, binding, contract.
If no endpoint is defined, WebServiceHost automatically creates a default endpoint. WebServiceHost adds WebHttpBehavior and disables the HTTP Help page and the Web Services Description Language (WSDL) GET functionality.



[WebGet] And [WebInvoke] attribute
Binds a WCF operation to URI space and HTTP method Indicate the HTTP Method for the operation


WebGet – No method is require


WebInvoke – All verbs other than GET (Method parameter takes in the name of the Verb)


Other attributes can mentioed
BodyStyle – Indicates whether the Request/ Response are wrapped or not
RequestFormat – Json or Xml
ResponseFormat – Json or Xml


UriTemplate – Rich binding to URI UriTemplate String that allows define the structure/pattern of the URI

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