Self-Hosting WCF Service

The most flexible and easiest way to host WCF services is by self-hosting. To be able to self-host your services, you have to meet two requirements. First, you need the WCF runtime; second, you need a managed .NET application in which you can host ServiceHost. It is your own responsibility to write the code that starts and stops the host.
Advantages
•Is easy to use: With only a few lines of code you have your service running.
•Is flexible: You can easily control the lifetime of your services through the Open() and Close() methods of ServiceHost.
•Is easy to debug: Debugging WCF services that are hosted in a self-hosted environment provides a familiar way of debugging, without having to attach to separate applications that activate your service.
•Is easy to deploy: In general, deploying simple Windows applications is as easy as xcopy. You don’t need any complex deployment scenarios on server farms, and the like, to deploy a simple Windows application that serves as a WCF ServiceHost.
•Supports all bindings and transports: Self-hosting doesn’t limit you to out-of-the-box bindings and transports whatsoever. On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, IIS limits you to HTTP only.
Disdvantages
•Limited availability: The service is reachable only when the application is running.
•Limited features: Self-hosted applications have limited support for high availability, easy manageability, robustness, recoverability, versioning, and deployment scenarios. At least, out-of-the-box WCF doesn’t provide these, so in a self-hosted scenario you have to implement these features yourself; IIS, for example, comes with several of these features by default.
In other words, you shouldn’t consider self-hosting for enterprise scenarios. Self-hosting is suitable during the development or demonstration phases of your enterprise project.

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