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Special Edition Using SOAP by John Paul Mueller

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Problems Solved by Using SOAP

Some developers are dubious about the benefits of using SOAP because they see it as a complex way to transfer data from one location to another using unsafe methods. For example, SOAP doesn’t have any form of internal security and you can’t use it when you need transactions. One developer even stated that SOAP was a poor choice for any kind of database work, unless you include safeguards at both ends of the transaction. (This is where all of those classes on three-tier design come into play—SOAP should access only the business logic on your server, not the database itself.)

No matter what the developer community comes up with for a data transfer protocol, there are always going to be negative points to consider. ...

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