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Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET Programmer's Cookbook by Matthew MacDonald

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Trace a SOAP Message Using the SOAP Toolkit

Problem

You want to see raw SOAP request and response messages, probably for debugging purposes.

Solution

Use the SOAP trace utility included with the Microsoft SOAP Toolkit, and forward all Web service request messages to port 8080.

Discussion

The SOAP Toolkit includes COM components that you can use to call Web services in non-.NET clients. However, even if you code exclusively in the .NET world, you’ll still find that the trace utility can be quite useful.

You can download the latest version of the SOAP Toolkit from http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/downloads/list/websrv.asp. You can then run the trace utility from the Start Menu icons created by the setup application. (Look for a shortcut ...

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