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Target audience:

Users of the extension providing WCF support for C# and VB.NET.

Summary: This document provides basic information about the extension providing WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) support for C# and VB.NET.


This extension provides support for WCF (Windows Communication Foundation). The calculation of Automated Function Points for your .NET analyses will be supplemented through the creation of new objects and links specific to the WCF framework that will link back to objects/links produced by the base .NET analyzer.

In what situation should you install this extension?

If your .NET application contains WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) source code and you want to view these object types and their links, then you should install this extension.

WCF framework support

The following WCF frameworks are supported by this extension:

All versions up to 4.5(tick)

Function Point, Quality and Sizing support

This extension provides the following support:

  • Function Points (transactions): a green tick indicates that OMG Function Point counting and Transaction Risk Index are supported
  • Quality and Sizing: a green tick indicates that CAST can measure size and that a minimum set of Quality Rules exist
Function Points
Quality and Sizing

CAST AIP compatibility

This extension is compatible with:

CAST AIP release
8.2.x(tick)C# and VB.NET
8.1.x(tick)C# and VB.NET
8.0.x(tick)C# and VB.NET
7.3.7 and all higher 7.3.x releases(tick)C# only

Supported DBMS servers

This extension is compatible with the following DBMS servers:

CAST AIP releasesCSS2OracleMicrosoft

7.3.x / 8.0.x / 8.1.x / 8.2.x



(tick)An installation of any compatible release of CAST AIP (see table above)

Bug Fix List

Please see WCF 1.0 - Bug Fix List.

Download and installation instructions

Please see: 

The latest release status of this extension can be seen when downloading it from the CAST Extend server.

Packaging, delivering and analyzing your source code

Once the extension is installed, no further configuration changes are required before you can package your source code and run an analysis. The process of packaging, delivering and analyzing your source code does not change in any way:

What results can you expect?

Once the analysis/snapshot generation has completed, you can view the results in the normal manner. The following objects and links will be displayed in CAST Enlighten:


Configuration folder / Referred Service Endpoints folder
WCF Client Endpoint
WCF Service Endpoint
WCF Operation Method
WCF Service Contract
WCF Service

This translates to the following in CAST Enlighten:

SourceLink typeTargetExample
WCF ServicereferLink.NET class implementing the WCF Service
Proxy class method client sidecallLinkWCF Service method on service side
WCF Client EndpointcallLinkWCF Service


In this section we list the most significant functional limitations that may affect the analysis of applications using WCF:

  • If the configuration of WCF service is done through the code (endpoint configuration, service creation), this not supported.
  • No support for advanced Annotations (IsOneWay for example)
  • No support for DataContracts
  • No support for Duplex
  • No support for Callback
  • .svc files are ignored

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