16. August 2007 12:09
Yesterday, I ran across a really cool SDK for WCF. For whatever reason, I hadn't heard anything about this until now. It is known as the WCF Line-of-Business (LOB) Adapter SDK. This is a really cool SDK that could potentially be quite useful. For example, I'm sure a lot of you have heard about the forthcoming WCF adapter for BizTalk. It turns out that the WCF adapter for BizTalk was developed using the new SDK. After wrapping my head around the concept of this SDK, I can envision quite a few scenarios where it could be useful.
Based on my understanding, here is the general idea. Rather than everyone rolling their own solution when it becomes necessary to integrate WCF with a LOB system, the SDK provides a consistent pattern to ensure some uniformity in this type of development. The added bonus is that it will take care of some of the work for you as well. I really like the way this has been designed to fit into the WCF channel model. All of this resides quite nicely within your binding, which is exactly where these type of communication details belong.
It is yet another testament to the fact that WCF truly is extensible and flexible.
Here is a great blog post that has organized all of the links with pertinent information into a nice table of contents format.
On a side note, I have been swamped a bit over the last couple of days, but I will be catching up on my WCF 3.5 posts tonight.