Webservices with raw post data



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Webservices with raw post data

Postby Carlo Razzeto » Fri, 02 Dec 2005 04:38:22 GMT


I'm working on migrating a webservice my company currently has written in 
PHP over to a .Net webservice. Our service works like this:

Applications makes a HTTP POST request to the webservice with the raw post 
data consisting of XML.
The XML service creates the request processing object, passing the raw XML
Once the service is done, it returns the response XML on the same 

This webservice does not use SOAP at all, it uses a custom request and 
response schema deffined by us. My question is, how do I get access to the 
raw post data in an 'offical' XML web service? Or can I even? As far as I 
can see right now it seems that SOAP was basically made a requirement for 
webservices in ASP.Net, and I can't find any documentation telling me how to 
get access to raw post data in an XML web service. Can this be done? Or do I 
need to create an ASP.Net website which consits of a single webpage wich 
happend to accept only raw posted XML and happens to return only the XML 
response? Any help would be appriciated. Thanks,

Carlo Razzeto 

Re: Webservices with raw post data

Postby DC » Fri, 02 Dec 2005 12:01:14 GMT

What you describe is not "web services" as implemented in .NET (and most 
other software app platforms).  It is more like REST or just XML doc 
exchange.  So it is what you say - create an ASPX that accepts and generates 
XML.   This is possible in .NET but not with [WebMethod] and all the other 
webservice goodies.

Check this working example:


D i n o . C h i e s a  AT  M i c r o s o f t . c o m

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