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Special Edition Using SOAP by John Paul Mueller

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Using Templates for Quick Forms

Ultimately, the need for a user interface ties SOAP to desktop or browser applications somewhere along the way. The need to present the user with an interface means writing code that displays labels and other visual cues that humans need to make sense of computer data. You might find that you’re producing forms that vary only slightly because of the kind of data you’re sharing or the way that your application works.

Surveys and data entry applications are well suited to use templates. A template describes those common elements and allows the application to describe the rest. Consider templates as the latest form of “fill-in-the-blank” technology.

Templates aren’t new. Web servers use templates regularly. One of ...

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