Tuesday, August 05, 2014

WCF net.tcp test client in PowerShell

Here's a convenient way of creating a WCF net.tcp client for a quick test. It uses PowerShell to compile C# code to an exe on the fly. Note that the interface can be partial (only containing the method you want to call).
$source = '
    using System;
    using System.ServiceModel;

    [ServiceContract(Namespace = "http://example.com/SomeSchema")]
    public interface ISomeService
        bool SomeMethod();

    public class Wcftest
        public static void Main(string[] args)
            var binding = new NetTcpBinding();
            var address = new EndpointAddress("net.tcp://" + args[0] + ":808/SomeService");

            var factory = new ChannelFactory<ISomeService>(binding, address);
            var proxy = factory.CreateChannel();

Add-Type `
    -ReferencedAssemblies 'System.ServiceModel.dll' `
    -TypeDefinition $source `
    -Language CSharp `
    -OutputAssembly 'c:\windows\temp\wcftest.exe' `
    -OutputType 'ConsoleApplication'

c:\windows\temp\wcftest.exe "example.com"
del c:\windows\temp\wcftest.*

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