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Pro Python System Administration by Rytis Sileika

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Chapter 2. Managing Devices Using the SOAP API

In this chapter we are going to build a command line tool to query and manage the Citrix Netscaler load balancer devices. These devices expose the management services via the SOAP API, which is one of the standard ways of communicating between the web services.

What Is the SOAP API?

SOAP stands for Simple Object Access Protocol. This protocol has been developed and created to be used as a mechanism for exchanging structured information between various web services. Many well-known companies expose their services via the SOAP API interface; for example, Amazon allows controlling their Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage System (S3) services using the SOAP API calls.

Using SOAP queries, users ...

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