Philippe Truche’s Blog

2 June 2008

WCF, Conditional Compilation, and language differences

Filed under: .NET, WCF, Web Services — Tags: — Philippe Truche @ 11:46

Perhaps you might have defined WCF message contracts lately, and you want to be explicit about the encryption level you require for your message parts.  I am taking the example of a message contract, but really my point is applicable to any element to which you wish to apply the EncryptionLevel enumeration.

In C#:

[MessageHeader(Name="Environment", MustUnderstand=true
#if !DEBUG
 , ProtectionLevel = ProtectionLevel.Sign

public String Environment
 get { return _environment; }
 set { _environment = value; }

#If CONFIG = "Debug"
 <MessageHeader(Name:="Environment", MustUnderstand:=True)> _
 Public Property Environment() As String
 <MessageHeader(Name:="Environment", MustUnderstand:=True, ProtectionLevel:=ProtectionLevel.Sign)> _
 Public Property Environment() As String
#End If
 Return _environment
 End Get
 Set(ByVal Value As String)
 _environment = Value
 End Set
 End Property


As you can see, there are some key differences in how attributes are specified using conditional compilation:
  • In C#, I can toggle parts of the same attribute on and off.  In VB.NET, I must repeat the entire attibute (no parts allowed by the compiler).
  • Because of line continuation constraints in VB.NET, the line following the line being continued must be included inside the conditional compilation block.
  • Using VB.NET in Visual Studio (2005 or 2008), it is not clear which part of the conditional compilation is “active” based on the selected configuration.  In C#, the inactive block is grayed out.

Keep in mind these “consequences” as you proceed with WCF attributes in the language you write with.


1 Comment »

  1. “WCF, Conditional Compilation, and language differences | Philippe Truches Blog” was a superb blog post.
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    Comment by — 11 February 2013 @ 5:40

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