Web API & WCF – Comparison

WCF Web API
Back End Services Front End UI Services
SOAP WS* Media Types: JSON, XML, form-URL-encoded, custom
Transports: HTTP, TCP, UDP, Queues, Web Sockets, custom Transports: Http Only
Message Patterns: Request-Reply, One-Way, duplex Message Patterns: Request-Reply Only
Use WCF Web HTTP to add HTTP end points to existing WCF services Use SignalR for Asynchronous Signaling (polling, long-polling, Web Sockets
Use WCF data Services for full OData Support Supports OData
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