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Web Service Newbie!!

A Kumar
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I am new to web services...I have very little knowledge about XML..

How much of XML is needed to get started with web services...

Thanks in advance

Chris Nappin
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Joined: Aug 04, 2005
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I'm afraid you need to learn quite a lot. Even if you use a toolkit that hides a lot of the underlying details, you need to know what you're looking at when debugging your service.

If your services are non-trivial, or are going to involve more than one programming language (e.g. Java <=> .Net) I strongly recommend you use WSDL. is a good place to start. You need to look at:

  • XML
  • Namespaces
  • SOAP

  • To learn WSDL you'll also have to learn XML Schema.

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    A Kumar
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    Joined: Jul 04, 2004
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    Thanks Chris!!
    Kimberly Layton

    Joined: Aug 09, 2006
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    I am also a newbie to coding webservices. Although I am more familiar with xml , soap etc. as I have spent some time debugging. However I need to create all the java classes that go along with my wsdl definition. Anyone know a good place to start?
    Joe Shy
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    Joined: Dec 09, 2005
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    If you have your WSDL already apache axis has an app that you can use called WSDL2Java to create some of the java.

    [URL= ]Apache Doc on WSDL2Java[/url]

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