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4. Getting Started > Understanding WSDL

Understanding WSDL

Problem

You have just deployed a simple web service and want to view its WSDL to understand the relation of your code to the deployed web service.

Solution

Inspect the WSDL by appending ?WSDL to the end of the service name. This is only a convention and is not required by any specification, but all of the major vendors (IBM, Microsoft, BEA/Oracle, Sun, JBoss) adhere to it.

Check out the following discussion on the key sections of a WSDL in order to better understand this important part of your web service contract.

Discussion

It’s hard to have a general discussion of WSDL sections because they change depending on choices you made in a specific service. So in this discussion, we examine the WSDL that is generated for the web service you created in Creating and Deploying the Simplest Web Service, Example 4-3.


  

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