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Ajax Starter Kit by Phil Ballard

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16. Web Services Using SOAP

In this lesson you will learn about using web services with the SOAP protocol.

Introducing SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)

In Lesson 15, “Web Services and the REST Protocol,” we discussed web services and in particular saw how the REST (Representational State Transfer) protocol can be used to provide a consistent application programming interface (API) to such services.

REST is a good example of a protocol designed to operate with resource-oriented services, those that provide a simple mechanism to locate a resource and a set of basic methods that can manipulate that resource. In a resource-oriented service, those methods normally revolve around creating, retrieving, modifying, and deleting pieces of information. ...

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