WCF

WCF is a Microsoft framework for building service-oriented applications. WCF (Windows Communication Framework) is an extension of the web service concept that also integrates with Windows-based applications.

Integrations and Connectors

AgilePoint NX integrates in these ways with WCF:

  • Activities in Process Builder
  • Lookups in eForm Builder
  • Access tokens
  • Web services API

Activities in Process Builder

You can use out-of-the-box activities for WCF to execute actions in process-based apps.

An activity is a functional unit, or task, in a process-based app. Activities that integrate with a third-party system provide access to the API functionality for that system in a simple, point-and-click, form-entry format. This means that you can easily leverage APIs without writing code.

Figure: Process Activities for WCF

Process Activities for WCF

The following activities are available.

  • WCF Service

For more information, refer to WCF Service activity in Process Builder:

Lookups in eForm Builder

You can create lookups for WCF in eForm Builder and form-based apps.

A lookup is an automated procedure that retrieves data from an external data source, such as a database or third-party service, to display runtime. For example, you can use a lookup to populate the options in a list on an eForm.

For more information, refer to WCF Service Auto-Lookup configuration.

Figure: A drop-down list populated from a lookup

A drop-down list populated from a lookup
Figure: Sample lookup configuration screen

Configure Lookup Screen

This image is only one example configuration screen from the Auto-Lookup form control. It does not show all the configuration options, and lookups can be configured and executed in multiple ways. The Auto-Lookup control can perform a lookup for eForms or other controls. However, many other form controls have built-in lookup capabilities — for example, the Drop-Down List form control. For information about how to configure lookups, refer to eForm Controls.

Access Tokens

You can create access tokens for WCF.

An access token is a secure object that stores an endpoint (usually a URL) and authentication credentials to connect to a service or technology. Often this is an external or third-party service, like Salesforce or SharePoint, but access tokens can also connect to an AgilePoint NX enviornment, local database, or other types of technologies. Once an access token is created, app designers can simply select and reuse it, rather than entering the credentials each time they are needed.

For more information, refer to Access Tokens for WCF Service.

Figure: WCF Access Token Configuration screen

WCF Access Token Configuration screen

Web Services API

You can access the AgilePoint remote API using a web service or a Windows service (WCF).

For more information, refer to Web Services API.

Related Topics

Examples

Some information about third-party integrations is outside the scope of the AgilePoint NX Product Documentation. It is the responsibility of the vendors who create and maintain these technologies to provide this information. This includes specific business use cases and examples; explanations for third-party concepts; details about the data models and input and output data formats for third-party technologies; and various types of IDs, URL patterns, connection string formats, or other technical information that is specific to the third-party technologies. For more information, refer to Where Can I Find Information and Examples for Third-Party Integrations?

Video: Show Data from a Web Service on an eForm

Video: Configure a Web Service Activity

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Keywords

WCF, Windows Communication Foundation, WCF Service