About SOAP

The Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) is a lightweight XML based protocol. It combines SOAP based requests and responses with transport protocols, for example HTTP, so that an application can use a service that has been made available as a web service across the Internet. JDeveloper hides this complexity from you, and allows you to create and use web services without needing to know much about how SOAP works.

How SOAP Works

The SOAP specification provides a standard way to encode requests and responses. It describes the structure and data types of message payloads using XML Schema.

The way that SOAP is used for the message and response of a web service is:

For more information about SOAP, see the SOAP specification at www.w3c.org/TR/SOAP.

For more information about XML Schema, see www.w3c.org/XML/Schema.


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