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Microsoft® .NET XML Web Services Step by Step by Allen Jones, Adam Freeman

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Chapter 5. Building an HTTP Client

In this chapter, you will learn how to:

  • View the HTTP message structure that is required to communicate with an XML Web service.

  • Build a client application that consumes an XML Web service using the HTTP-GET and HTTP-POST protocols.

At the beginning of Chapter 4, we mentioned the three protocols you can use to invoke the functionality of an XML Web service: SOAP, HTTP-GET, and HTTP-POST. Chapter 4 focused on the development of clients that use SOAP and proxy classes. In this chapter, we will focus on the direct use of the HTTP-GET and HTTP-POST protocols to develop similar client functionality.

HTTP-GET and HTTP-POST Protocols

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the standard transport for communicating with XML ...

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