WCF is Dead. Long Live WCF!


There is a new confluence of thought developing in the industry at large that we will explore. Models of distributed system design are emerging for which WCF’s varied and extensible feature stack is very applicable. But to leverage WCF to express these new models efficiently, the old way of programming WCF must die. It is time to anoint a new WCF. We need a better way to build distributed systems. What we really need is a Service-oriented Programming Model.

In this session Michael ‘Monty’ Montgomery will show you a very different WCF. A WCF without config files. A WCF without knobs to set. One based on conventions. WCF that is easy to test. WCF that is clean and simple. A new WCF built from simple techniques that you can easily employ yourself. Along the way Monty will reveal the aspects of service-orientation that are foundational to creating a service-oriented programming model and to Modern Software Architecture in general. You can even take these aspects and apply them to other connectivity stacks or platforms to create a consistent service-oriented programming model across your entire distributed ecosystem.

Michael Montgomery

IDesign Master Architect, Microservice Madman

Michael ‘Monty’ Montgomery is an accomplished “roll up your sleeves” software architect and expert developer. He is also a master architect and seasoned trainer with the software architecture firm IDesign. Monty is a recognized industry expert in microservice architecture and Azure Service Fabric. He leverages both to help his clients conceive, design, build and successfully deliver innovative microservice systems.

Monty conducts IDesign’s unique Architecture and Detailed Design Clinics, which are intense, immersive, hands-on system design and career invigorating experiences. Monty also leads IDesign’s new Service Fabric Master Class, a must for modern developers and architects. Monty co-authored the 4th Edition of Programming WCF Services with Juval Lowy and published many articles on architecture always sharing his unique ‘From the Field’ perspective. His latest article, ‘Escaping Appland’ has received international attention for its insightful contrarian point of view. Monty speaks regularly at .NET and industry related events around the world.