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How to use SOAP::Lite with a WSDL description

by Stegalex (Chaplain)
on Jun 06, 2005 at 19:53 UTC ( #464058=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Stegalex has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Here's the question: If you had to consume data from a web service and the only documentation you were given was the SOAP WSDL (sorry, I can't give it out), what would your steps be?

A succinct example would be very helpful, remember, all you have to work with is the WSDL.


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Re: How to use SOAP::Lite with a WSDL description
by jhourcle (Prior) on Jun 06, 2005 at 23:21 UTC

    I would do the following:

    1. Read the SOAP::Lite documentation. (which mentions 'Limited support for WSDL schema.'
    2. I would notice that the 'AVAILABILITY' section mentions another website (why it's not under 'SEE ALSO', I have no idea):
    3. I would read said website, especially focusing on the Guide (such as Access with service description (WSDL)) and the Cookbook.

    If I ran into a lot of trouble, I'd probably also look into SOAP::WSDL and read the WSDL spec.

    I'd get very confused by it, so I'd go out and get a few books to read, such as Programming Web Services in Perl, and Programming Web Services with SOAP

    I'd then get really annoyed at how interoperability among different toolkits with SOAP is a complete load of shit, and get fed up with the issues of trying to deal with complex types, and what they refer to on the SOAP Builders mailing list as 'impedence issues'.

    I'd then spend a month or so digging through SOAP::Serializer (part of the SOAP::Lite module) until I understood what was going on, and write my own custom serializer.

    (at least, that's what I did when I had to learn about WSDL)

    Update: Minor correction -- that's not exactly what I did, because SOAP::WSDL wasn't out when I had to deal with these headaches. It's possible that it might've saved me a whole lot of time

Re: How to use SOAP::Lite with a WSDL description
by Joost (Canon) on Jun 06, 2005 at 20:56 UTC
Re: How to use SOAP::Lite with a WSDL description
by dorward (Curate) on Jun 06, 2005 at 19:59 UTC

    Are you just rephrasing your earlier question? Why not respond to the follow ups you recieved there?

      No, I was trying to solve a specific problem earlier. This is a broader question.

      I like chicken.

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