Performance Issues

It’s important to realize that SOAP represents a new method of transferring data from one point to another. Unlike binary technologies used with LANs, SOAP travels between distributed applications on a public network using ordinary text. The differences between SOAP and other transport methods like DCOM Wire Protocol mean that you can’t rely on old technique to ensure swift transmission of data.

The following sections will look at the two sides of the SOAP performance coin. On the one hand, there’s good reason to suspect that SOAP won’t perform well as binary data transfer methods. For one thing, it’s a verbose data transfer method. On the other hand, SOAP doesn’t require complex translation methods on both ends of the wire. ...

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