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Kiran Baratam
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Hello All
I am new to SOAP and going through some tutorials in w3schools.
I am not able to visulize the exact use of SOAP.If the SOAP message is simple ordinary XML document then we can as well receive an XML document and send backthe responce through HTTP request and responce protocol.
Can somebody help me in what kind of applications we use SOAP.
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Yes, "SOAP over HTTP" is pretty close to "any XML over HTTP". However, SOAP is a standard which brings certain benefits worthy of noticing. The biggest is that you get the infrastructure software for free and there are plenty of tools to support the development of SOAP based applications.
Another alternative to SOAP is XML-RPC, which is also a standard. It's basically a light-weight version of SOAP with less features and, thus, it's faster.
 
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All that SOAP brings is adhereing to a standard specification language. You know what to put in to SOAP:Envelope , body , header . and the receiver also knows what to get from SOAP:Envelope , body , header.
Communication Standardization is the main benefit that SOAP brings.
 
Kiran Baratam
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Hello
Thanks for the replies.
I am using a CGI program to get the online stockprice data provided by a thirdparty vendor.I need to pass some parameters and it will teturn the information in specified format.
Even this also i can consider as a webservice.Right.
So SOAP is a betterway of doing the same thing.
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Even this also i can consider as a webservice.Right.
So SOAP is a betterway of doing the same thing.

SOAP is a standard way of doing the same thing. The term "web service" is quite loose these days. If the CEO talks about web services, he's often talking about Google or Hotmail. If the IT-geek talks about web services, he's talking about applications built on top of SOAP. It varies.
 
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