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What is SOAP?

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SOAP is an XML-based protocol for exchanging information between computers.

SOAP is XML. That is, SOAP is an application of the XML specification.

All statements are TRUE for SOAP

  • SOAP is acronym for Simple Object Access Protocol
  • SOAP is a communication protocol
  • SOAP is designed to communicate via Internet
  • SOAP can extend HTTP for XML messaging
  • SOAP provides data transport for Web services
  • SOAP can exchange complete documents or call a remote procedure
  • SOAP can be used for broadcasting a message
  • SOAP is platform and language independent
  • SOAP is the XML way of defining what information gets sent and how

Although SOAP can be used in a variety of messaging systems and can be delivered via a variety of transport protocols, the initial focus of SOAP is remote procedure calls transported via HTTP.

SOAP enables client applications to easily connect to remote services and invoke remote methods.

Other frameworks, including CORBA, DCOM, and Java RMI, provide similar functionality to SOAP, but SOAP messages are written entirely in XML and are therefore uniquely platform- and language-independent.

SOAP - Recommended Knowledge

It is recommended that before you proceed further you should be familiar with XML and XML namespace.

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