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1 PerryLorier 1 [Acronym] for __S__imple __O__bject __A__ccess __P__rotocol.
6 AristotlePagaltzis 3 It's a way for a computer program to call a function on another computer, a concept known as [RPC]. Previously known [RPC] implementations have always been somewhat platform and/or language specific. [SOAP]'s answer is to use [XML] for [Serialisation] in marshalling the call and [HTTP] to transport it. In other words: [SOAP] is a bloated, over engineered implementation of a perfectly trivial concept. Sigh.
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6 AristotlePagaltzis 5 The canonical [SOAP] service is a WebServer at [IBM] which returns (delayed) stock quotes.
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5 AristotlePagaltzis 7 This Wiki has a [SOAP] source letting you grab the wiki source of a webpage. There's a [WSDL] file [describing this source |], and you can use [ |] to get [a human readable version of it |;?].
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9 See also [AXIS].
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13 From [The Fishbowl: SOAPy Madness |]:''''
15 > [Question 153 of the Undernet #java FAQ |] reads:''''
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17 > ! Can I make an [IRC] chat client with [SOAP]?
18 >
19 > Hmm. It's possible, but everything's possible. It's completely implausible. [SOAP] manages to maintain state through sessions, but the concept of long-running transactions like an [IRC] client would require is... sickening.
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21 > I've only ever written two [SOAP] applications. The first was “[Hello World|]”, except it would give back a random quote from the [fortune |] file instead of the boring Hello.
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23 > The second was truly diabolical. It was a tunneling proxy. It tunneled [TCP/IP]. Any [TCP/IP] whatsoever. Over [SOAP].
24 >
25 > Hey, I was bored.
26 >
27 > Anyway, I tested this proxy by connecting my [IRC] client to it. It worked perfectly, albeit rather choppily, as the stream was being broken up into lots of little [XML] documents, turned into [HTTP] requests and then being reconstituted at the other end of the tunnel.
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29 > And yes, it was sickening, but in a compelling, car-crash kind of way.