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6. Power XML for Web Pages > 65. Work with Mozilla SOAP Services

Work with Mozilla SOAP Services

Your web pages and XUL apps can speak the native language of web services.

Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) is a way for you to run methods (effectively function calls) on a remote server. Commands are formatted as XML documents on the client and sent to the server, which processes the commands and returns an XML-formatted response. This hack introduces SOAP with a simple temperature converter that converts between Fahrenheit and Celsius units.

SOAP is intended for remote servers running a web service, but it can be used on a local server (i.e., your workstation) for debugging purposes. SOAP is a form of object-oriented network programming. Clients connect to objects on the server, send commands, and receive responses in the form of messages.


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