Free Contract First Tool – WSCF

Thinktecture has released a Visual Studio 2005 compatible version of their free WSCF tool. WSCF is a Schema-Based Contract-First Web Services code generator. It allows you to design the messages, interfaces and data for contract-first style web services, acting as a replacement for XSD.exe and WSDL.exe. We have been using XSDObjectGen to do something similarly, but WSCF looks like it is much more flexible. For one thing, it generates collections using generics as List<T> instead of the non-type specific ArrayList that XSDObjectGen creates or the even more simplistic arrays that WSDL.exe creates. If you are using .Net 2.0, this is a great step forward for contract-first tools.