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SOAP Story

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Recently I was asked to assist in debugging a SOAP integration issue. A large desktop application was being enhanced to obtain data from a web service created by my client. They were not interoperating as advertised. This post looks at what happens when SOAP interop goes bad.

My sweepingly general theory is that developers like SOAP because it?s easy for them to use. Just create some classes and let the SOAP tools take care of generating WSDL and providing serialisation to/from the XML wire format. Same on the client end. Use the SOAP tools to read the WSDL and generate the required stub classes.