SOAP Toolkit Cleans Apps

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-01-22

Developers using Microsoft tools who want to design distributed Web applications should download the companys SOAP Toolkit 2.0 Beta 1 at

The tool kit provides a set of tools and sample code (the samples are written in Visual Basic right now, not C or C++) for using Simple Object Access Protocol in Web applications. SOAP is an XML-based RPC mechanism that replaces Microsofts DCOM. The SOAP standards proposal is primarily backed by Microsoft and IBM and is under consideration by the World Wide Web Consortium as a Web standard.

The 2.0 release of the tool kit is SOAP 1.1-compliant, uses the W3C candidate recommendation standard for XML data typing and XML Schema instead of Microsofts proprietary XML-Data Reduced format, and supports Unicode. Microsoft announced it will fully support the production release of the tool kit later this year.

The Apache Group also provides a mostly SOAP 1.1-compliant tool kit, written in Java, at that will be a better choice for Java developers.

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