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Intelligent Enterprise: Untangling the Web

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted May 16, 2001


"The Simple Object Access Protocol, better known as SOAP, is aimed squarely at this data consolidation problem. Recently approved by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), SOAP uses XML and HTTP to define a component interoperability standard on the Web. ..."

"SOAP messages are essentially XML documents that each contain a SOAP envelope. The envelope consists of an optional header and a required body. A SOAP header typically contains metadata about the exchange (for example, a transaction identifier). The header is also a means for extending the protocol, but in a decentralized manner. ..." The Simple Object Access Protocol, better known as SOAP, is aimed squarely at this data consolidation problem. Recently approved by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), SOAP uses XML and HTTP to define a component interoperability standard on the Web.

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