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what'e the relationship between SOAP and kSOAP2

Anil Deshpande
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I am cmpletly new to Web service. If question seems very primitive sorry. But I need to know what is the relationship between SOAP and kSOAP2. I have been working in Android. And Android doesn't support SOAP. It makes use of kSOAP2. But while publishing the SOAP web services I am not makin use of anything related to kSOAP2.
I am consuming the SOAP web service using kSOAP2.

Does that mean SOAP is used for publising the web service and kSOAP2 is used for consuming the web service?

And also whether kSOAP 2 can also be used to publish web service.

I am making use of Axis to publish SOAP web service through Eclispe IDE. I am making use of bottom up approach to publish the web service through tomcat web server.

Please clarify my doubts.

Thanks and Regards,
Anil Deshpande

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William Brogden
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The kSOAP2 site at sourceforge very clearly states that the toolkit is intended for:

kSOAP is a SOAP web service client library for constrained Java environments such as Applets or J2ME applications (CLDC / CDC / MIDP).

So - kSOAP2 is NOT a SOAP publishing tool. Also development seems to have stopped years ago - unless there is a newer site?

SOAP is a standard for web service messaging - both client and server sides.

Ulf Dittmer

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Why are you using SOAP for a mobile device? Normally one would use REST.
Anil Deshpande
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@William: thanks for claryfying my doubt. I think I missed the "client" thing while reading.

@Ulf: I was just exploring the possibilities. I had come across some kSOAP based web services in Android. So I was checking it out.

Thanks and for both.
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