Steve Maine did a session about Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)for building Web 2.0-style services that use URIs, HTTP GET, and other data formats beyond XML. See how these features can be applied to AJAX web sites, "REST" applications, and data feeds. Now Jon Flanders has his book released on Safari about Restful .NET. Book description is as follows:
RESTful .NET is the first book that teaches Windows developers to build RESTful web services using the latest Microsoft tools. Written by Windows Communication Foundation (WFC) expert Jon Flanders, this hands-on tutorial demonstrates how you can use WCF and other components of the .NET 3.5 Framework to build, deploy and use REST-based web services in a variety of application scenarios.
RESTful architecture offers a simpler approach to building web services than SOAP, SOA, and the cumbersome WS-* stack. And WCF has proven to be a flexible technology for building distributed systems not necessarily tied to WS-* standards. RESTful .NET provides you with a complete guide to the WCF REST programming model for building web services consumed either by machines or humans. You’ll learn how to:
- Program Read-Only (GET) services
- Program READ/WRITE services
- Host REST services
- Program REST feeds
- Program AJAX REST clients
- Secure REST endpoints
- Use workflow to deliver REST services
- Consume RESTful XML services using WCF
- Work with HTTP
- Work with ADO.NET Data Services (Astoria)
So with this PDC session, book and recently published WCF Rest Starter Kit you can learn and experience a lot about WCF and REST. I think this is not something that should be ignored since this style of architecture has a lot of support around the world and is applied in many scenario’s and alternative or other approach as to WSDL, SOAP and WS*.