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Special Edition Using SOAP by John Paul Mueller

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Using MIME for SOAP Applications

As SOAP applications become more complex and data handling needs increase, we’ll eventually need ways to transfer data that doesn’t meet the XML specification requirements. The real world contains data types that cause developers to pull their hair out by the handful. Transferring data from older databases on mainframes could prove especially difficult. In short, the data types that the XML specification defines are fine as a start, but hardly the end of the discussion.

One of the big problems that SOAP vendors face right now is the issue of working with unwieldy data types. SOAP is essentially text, which limits the number of ways to translate data. The answer that everyone is using right now is Base64 encoding. ...

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