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So, I guess you have to build an XML fragment that conforms to the complexType definition?1 person found this helpful
What have you tried so far?
There's not much difference from building a simpleType instance as you're currently doing.
As the XML schema suggests, there's probably an intermediate type you're not showing here :
"ro:UnitIdentificationStructureArray" --> (sequence of "UnitIdentificationStructure" ?) --> UnitIdentificationStructure
That means you may have to generate multiple records from whatever data source you use.
I can't say much more with so few details.
I consider the approach to be flawed anyway since you can potentially generate invalid XML by not escaping element values.
Oracle implements XML publishing functions from the SQL/XML standard, I suggest you make use of them instead.
Combine that with a registered XML schema and you'll get a scalable and self-validating envelope generator that conforms to the expected schema.
If the question is how to make sense of a WSDL of a web service, then my advice is, don't. Especially if you're not a big fan of XML like me. (the only sane implementation of XML I have ever used was with Microsoft 's SAPI5, for defining grammar files)1 person found this helpful
Instead use something like SOAPUI to make sense of that WSDL and generate a sample SOAP template for you.
Thanks for the response, I’m not familiar with XML or web services so I appreciate the input. There is indeed an intermediate type. The web service documentation I have does state that the complex type can take multiple records, however we will only ever be passing one, it was this mention of an array that threw me, i asumed the array was the complex type - rather than there being an array of complext types for the handling of multiple records.
<xs:attribute ref="soapenc:arrayType" n1:arrayType="ro:UnitIdentificationStructure" xmlns:n1="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/wsdl/" />
I assumed I had to pass each element of the complex type in separately and then reference this somehow in the parent, but it sound like, from what you say, I can just pass in XML containing the data in the correct structure
Could you give me a basic example of how this XML fragment might look?
Apologies for the lack of understanding - XML is failry new to me, this is as far as i have got
is it as simple as passing this in?
(im not in a position to test this at the moment)
Yes, what you will pass in is just going to be a single document - the details of the complex type etc are just for the XML validation. It MIGHT help to think about the detailed breakdown of the document for how to design the code if you want to take a modular approach to this (And you might need to handle multiple records in the future).1 person found this helpful
Billy's advice is good though - let SOAPUI handle the intricacies of the complex types, and just mimic the 'Flat' example request document it generates for you.
Thanks for the reply
Just testing at the moment and cutting my teeth with web services. The final solution will be far more robust. SOAPUI looks good ill be giving downloading it as soon as there download link is back up....
I think I have enough understanding now to get some test code together, i appreciate the information you have all provided.
Edited by: SolHill on 11-Dec-2012 03:12