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

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10.1. Web Service Request Processing

It's important to understand how Web service requests are processed and responses returned in order to understand where SOAP extensions fit within the big picture. First, I'll explain how request processing works, then I'll explain the details of SOAP extensions and how they can help to implement reusable infrastructure.

<httpHandlers> 
    <add verb="*" path="*.aspx"
        type="System.Web.UI.PageHandlerFactory"/>
    <add verb="*" path="*.asmx"
         type=
         "System.Web.Services.Protocols.WebServiceHandlerFactory,
         System.Web.Services, version=1.0.3300.0, Culture=neutral,
         PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a"
         validate="false"/>
</httpHandlers>

Each <add> element maps requests for a specific file extension and HTTP verb to a specific ...

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