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WSDL Learning Guide


WSDL (Web Services Description Language)
This guide presents WSDL articles, tutorials, examples, tips, tools, white papers, expert advice and more to pump up your WSDL know-how quickly.

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WSDL Quick Start
   Products for Download
   WSDL Articles
   WSDL Code Samples and Tutorials
   Industry Quotes about WSDL
   WSDL White Papers
   Q&A with WSDL Experts
   Live WSDL Applications
   Online WSDL Resources
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W3C Abstract: "WSDL is an XML format for describing network services as a set of endpoints operating on messages containing either document-oriented or procedure-oriented information. The operations and messages are described abstractly, and then bound to a concrete network protocol and message format to define an endpoint. Related concrete endpoints are combined into abstract endpoints (services). WSDL is extensible to allow description of endpoints and their messages regardless of what message formats or network protocols are used to communicate, however, the only bindings described in this document describe how to use WSDL in conjunction with SOAP 1.1, HTTP GET/POST, and MIME."


WSDL Quick Start
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WSDL Products for Download
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WSDL Articles
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WSDL Code Samples and Tutorials
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Industry Quotes about WSDL
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  • Will Provost, independent consultant, O'Reilly writer: "If you're serious about developing RPC-style services, you should know WSDL as well as you know WXS; you should be creating and editing descriptors frequently. More importantly, a WSDL descriptor should be the source document for your web service build process, for a number of reasons..."
  • AnnraÍ O'Toole, Cape Clear CEO and cofounder: "The only way to deal with XML is to have a tool that's going to generate it for you, and that's doubly true of WSDL."
  • Rebecca Dias, product manager for advanced Web services at Microsoft: "[XML-based] SOAP and WSDL are inherently extensible, but some stuff wasn't there."
  • David Schatsky, analyst with Jupiter Research: "With this draft of the spec, WSDL formally leaves the control of a small core group of vendors and becomes subject to the W3C process and technical requirements. It's an necessary--and expected--step toward cementing WSDL's status as a key, vendor-neutral standard."
  • Michael Champion, R&D advisor at Software AG: "People learned their lesson with the COM and CORBA situations, where there were all these implementations that were legal according to the specifications but didn't interoperate," Software AG's Champion said. "There's a very strong commitment across the board in the industry to making SOAP and WSDL as interoperable as possible."

WSDL White Papers
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Q & A with WSDL Experts
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Live WSDL Applications
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Online WSDL Resources
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WSDL Specs
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This was first published in July 2003

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