Hello readers, Here we will talk about the difference between WCF Services and Web Services. .Net provides various options for creating services. Before WCF ASP.NET Web Services are used for creating Service in .NET Framework. Web Service is a part of WCF Service. When comparing with Web Services, WCF Services offers much more flexibility, Portability to develop a Service.

Introduction:

.Net provides various options for creating services. Before WCF ASP.NET Web Services are used for creating Service in .NET Framework. Web Service is a part of WCF Service. When comparing with Web Services, WCF Services offers much more flexibility, Portability to develop a Service.

Difference between WCF Services and Web Services.

WCF and Web Services have much difference in different terms.

1- Hosting:

WCF:

A WCF Service can be host on IIS, WAS(Window Activation Service), Self Hosting, Window Service.

Web Service:

A Web service can only be hosted in IIS.

2- Definition:

WCF:

A WCF Service is defined using ServiceContract and OperationContract attributes.

WebService:

A Web Service is defined using WebService and WebMethod attributes.

3-Security

WCF:

A WCF Service supports reliable messaging, transaction AJAX and REST support.

Web Service:

Web Service is less secure as compare to WCF.

4- Protocols:

WCF:

WCF supports various protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, TCP, Named Pipes and MSMQ.

Web Service:

Web Service supports only HTTP and HTTPS protocols.

5- Serialization:

WCF:

WCF Supports DataContract serializer by using System.Running.Serialization namespace.

Web Service:

supports XML Serialization by using System.xml.Serialization namespace.

6- Operation:

WCF:

Supports One-Way, Request-Response, and Duplex service operations.

Web Service:

Supports One-Way and Request-Response service operations.

7- Exception Handling:

WCF:

WCF supports better Exception Handling as it has FaultContract. The unhandled exception does not return to the client as soap fault.

Web Service:

Unhandled exceptions return to the client as SOAP fault.

8- Encoding:

WCF:

WCF supports XML, MTOM (Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism) and Binary message encoding.

Web Service:

Web Service supports XML, MTOM message encoding.

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