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HOWTO work with file attachments in web service calls ? (siebel 188.8.131.52 or higher) [ID 745881.1]
Once the export works, they say you can try to import the response message.
Thanks for the help. I had a look at the document and also at the bookshelf. Somehow what is not getting clear is how will the attachment gets in with the SOAP request.
If I am using SOAP UI to test and send a SOAP request, does the the file attaches itself with the SOAP request or the content of the file becomes a part of SOAP request. If the later happens how does Siebel understands how to recompose the attachment ?
If you query for an attachment with SoapUI, the attachment gets encoded in the XML response.
I think it's done in Base64 (or MIME): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base64
There are sites where you can encode binary files to Base64: http://www.opinionatedgeek.com/dotnet/tools/base64encode/
And of course where you can decode Base64 back to a binary file (see bottom of page).
1) Firstly you create an business component(based on class CSSBCFILE) and check that base table file property must be checked true.(Refer any vanilla BC's of class CSSBCFILE)
2) Include this same BC in an Integration object along with other Components.
3) Using the Integration Object develop your Inbound web service and inform your external system persons to map that pdf document to the field which holds attachments(generally field based on FILE_NAME column).