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Real World XML Web Services: For VB and VB .NET Developers by Yasser Shohoud

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3.3. SOAP Message Formats

SOAP messages can have several different formats that differ in how the data inside <soapenv:Body> and potentially inside <soapenv:Header> is formatted.

To send data in a SOAP message, you must first serialize this data in a format that can be understood by the message recipient. For example, in Chapter 2 you learned how to use the System.Xml.Serialization namespace to easily serialize objects to an XML document. To send this XML document in a SOAP message, you can simply create the SOAP message and include this document within the <soapenv:Body>.[2] In this case, the message you end up with is said to follow document-style SOAP, has a literal payload, and is usually referred to as a document/literal message. Document ...

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