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XML and SOAP ?

 
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Has anyone tried using both??
Heard some great things about SOAP.
But know nothing about SOAP.
 
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Actually Java and SOAP is the topic of my current writing effort. I have put a bunch of collected resources at:
http://www.lanw.com/books/javasoap/
This is a very active topic right now since Microsoft has a heavy utilization of SOAP in their .NET effort. There are MANY sites to look at.
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I'm a little confused by your question, because the SOAP protocol uses XML. The relationship between SOAP and "pure" XML solutions is fairly ambiguous, even more so now that MS has released their SMO (SOAP Messaging Object) framework.
IMHO, if you're building a distributed system and were considering using another RPC mechanism (like RMI), you should look very carefully at SOAP before making a decision. On the plus side, it makes it much easier to distribute your solution across the Internet. On the minus side, it will be much less efficient for high-traffic applications.
One source for more information about SOAP and Java is http://xml.apache.org/soap/.
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Bill,
You give a good resource. I am looking for the SOAP stuff. Thanks
 
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SOAP is more than a protocol. There are SOAP servers, which u can install to co-exist with most of the available servlet-engines and application servers. I have used Apache SOAP and did some apps on that. It is fine. If u know to do Ejb, then SOAP will be pretty simple. Dont confuse SOAP and xml. SOAP internally uses XML to represent and serialize data.
One major advantage of SOAP servers are that they have Serializing mechanisms for your custom objects. Even you can define your own serializing Mechanism.
The logic for conection and transactions are managed inthe client. This makes a heavy client.
Try Apache SOAP. This is very simple and intuitive
 
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