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What are the different contracts available in WCF?

There are five kinds of contracts: -
  1. Service contracts – Defines the set of operations exposed by the service to the outside world.
  2. Operation Contract – define the operation within the service contract. In simple technical word service contract is an interface which will be implemented by service and every method in interface is operation contract.

    public interface IMyService { [OpearationContract] void method1(int x); [OperationContract] Intmethod2(int x, int y); } . . . public class MyService:IMyService { public void method1(int x){…} publicInt method2(intx,int y){…} }

  3. Data Contract –Data to be exchanged between client and service. It’s simply a class decorated with DataContract attribute and act as an agreement between client and service quoting “We will pass these things to each other”)
  4. Message Contract – In WCF Communication occurs via SOAP messages. Sometimes developer came across a situation where he want to control how SOAP messages will be structured. Like what should go into the header? What into the body etc. In this situation we use Message Contract.

  5. [MessageContract]
    public class MyClass
      [MessageHeader] public intmyProperty1;
      [MessageHeader] public DateTimemyProperty2;
      [MessageBodyMember] private stringmyProperty3;
      [MessageBodyMember] private float myProperty1;
      [MessageBodyMember] public DateTime myProperty1;

  6. Fault contract
  • In WCF whenever exception occurs a standard exception error message will returned to client. It look like this
  • But sometimes developer want to send customized error then they can use Fault Exception

  • We can create custom types and pass error messages to clients using FaultContracts.
public class MyException
public string MyMessage;
public interface IMyService
intMyMethod(int num1, int num2);


Client code
MyServiceProxy proxy 
      = new MyServiceProxy();
Console.WriteLine("Sum of two numbers... 5+5 =" + proxy.MyMethod(5, 5));
catch (FaultException ex)
        //Process the Exception


publicintMyMethod(int num1, int num2)
MyException ex = new MyException ();
ex.MyMessage= "My Error Message”
throw new FaultException(ex) ;

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