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Developing Enterprise Web Services: An Architect's Guide by James Webber - Ph.D., Sandeep Chatterjee - Ph.D.

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SOAP

Having understood the SOAP model and seen how this model is supported by SOAP servers, we can now begin to discuss the details of SOAP itself. SOAP is the oldest, most mature, and the single most important protocol in the Web services world. The SOAP specification defines this protocol as “[an] XML-based protocol that consists of three parts: an envelope that defines a framework for describing what is in a message and how to process it, a set of encoding rules for expressing instances of application-defined datatypes, and a convention for representing remote procedure calls and responses.”[3]

[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/SOAP/

In its earlier incarnations, the acronym SOAP used to stand for “Simple Object Access Protocol,” though that meaning ...

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