Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation Line of Business Adapter SDK documentation

The WCF LOB Adapter SDK documentation includes resources to help you develop, deploy, and use adapters created with the WCF LOB Adapter SDK.

About the SDK

The WCF LOB Adapter SDK is a collection of a run-time engine and tools that help adapter developers create service-oriented interfaces to existing LOB systems by using WCF. The goal of the SDK is to facilitate uniform development of reusable, metadata-oriented, WCF-based adapters that enable enterprise applications, databases, and messaging platforms to integrate with each other.

This WCF-based SDK surfaces an adapter to an LOB system as a WCF binding. For an adapter consumer, the adapter can be accessed like a typical WCF service; the consumer does not have to learn a new programming model. The same adapter developed can be reused in multiple .NET applications including custom .NET applications, BizTalk Server, SharePoint, and Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) through an adapter developer–provided ADO.NET shim. In addition, the adapter provides metadata browse, search, and retrieval functionality; the adapter consumer can selectively generate WCF contracts that reflect live type modeling of the LOB system.


Community resources icon Readme and privacy describes the components included with the SDK, and also your explains the privacy options.


Getting started icon Install the WCF LOB Adapter SDK lists the steps to install and uninstall the SDK, remove custom adapters, and do a silent installation.

Get started

Getting started icon Get started with the with the WCF LOB Adapter SDK includes some good information for users who are new to the WCF LOB Adapter SDK, including conceptual reading, and some tutorials.

Plan and design

Adapter Architecture icon Plan and design an adapter using the WCF LOB Adapter SDK described when to use an adapter, a channel, or a service. Also read about the supported messaging patterns, designing a URI, understanding transactions, and more.

Develop and create

Adapter Development icon Develop or create your adapter using the WCF LOB Adapter SDK lists some best practices, provides guidance on versioning, authentication, and more.

GAC and deploy

Adapter Samples icon After you create your adapter, the next step is to add it to the GAC, update the machine.config, and create a deployment package. Deploy adapter using the WCF LOB Adapter SDK includes this information.


Adapter Troubleshooting icon Troubleshoot adapter created using the WCF LOB Adapter SDK lists the steps to enable tracing, use performance counters, and generating WSDL.