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       XML::Compile::SOAP::FAQ - frequently asked questions

       On this page, a wild collection of questions are	answered related to
       the XML::Compile::SOAP modules.	Or better said:	let's hope there will
       be more in the future. If you have contributions	either in question or
       as answer, then please contribute via the xml mailinglist.

       Also read XML::Compile::FAQ.

   Modifing the	messages
       add XML header fields

       Although	WSDLs offer a nice way to define header-fields explicitly,
       quite a number of applications require fields which are not described.
       Also some W3C standards play this game.	See XML::Compile::SOAP::WSA
       for a complex example. A	simple example follows here.

	 use warnings;
	 use strict;

	 package XML::Compile::SOAP::MYEXT;
	 use base 'XML::Compile::SOAP::Extension';

	 use Log::Report;
	 use XML::Compile::SOAP::Util	   qw/WSDL11/;
	 use XML::Compile::Util		   qw/pack_type/;

	 my $my_ns = 'http://..../';
	 my $my_schema_fie = 'aaa.xsd';

	 sub wsdl11Init($@)
	 {   my	($self,	$wsdl, $args) =	@_;
	     $wsdl->addPrefixes(myprefix => $my_ns);

	 sub soap11Operation$$)
	 {   my	($self,	$op, $args) = @_;
	     # towards the server
	       => "myprefix_$fieldname"	=> "{$my_ns}$fieldtype");

	     # in server answers
	     $op->addHeader(OUTPUT => ...);

       With "soap11ClientWrapper()" and	"soap11HandlerWrapper()" you can
       influence the client respectively server	processing, for	instance to
       fill-in default values.

       adding HTTP headers

       Some applications require to add	headers	to the HTTP headers sent or
       check headers which are received. SOAP is not about HTTP, so you	have
       to dive deeper in the underlaying constructs; you have to construct the
       code references in more steps, not using	the auto-generation mechanisms
       of some objects,	by default hidden to you.

       Examples	of needs: authentication/cookies in the	header,	content
       (crypt) checksums, non-standard content-type headers.

       The ::WSDL11 module detects that	the soap-http protocol is needed.
       (There is also a	pure http protocol defined in the SOAP spec, which is
       never used).  When the operation	gets compiled (with compileClient),
       the ::SOAPHTTP module is	used to	create the soap-http specific message
       transport logic.	Then, that module uses LWP to do the actual HTTP
       exchange. To be able to access the in- and outgoing messages, you have
       to reach	to that	LWP::UserAgent.

       Michael Ludwig contributed the following	example	(slightly adapted) Of
       course, select your own preferences carefully.

	 my $ua	= LWP::UserAgent->new(timeout => 10);

	 # First the HTTP logic
	 # defaults when https is used
	 $ua->ssl_opts(verify_hostname => 0, keep_alive	=> 1);

	 # Auto-use cookies
	 $ua->cookie_jar( {file	=> $my_jar_file
	   , autosave => 1, ignore_discard => 1	});

	 # Now,	we need	the SOAP logic
	 my $trans = XML::Compile::Transport::SOAPHTTP
	   ->new(user_agent => $ua, address => $srv_url);

	 # Finally the message,	with explicit transporter
	 my $call = $wsdl->compileClient($opname, transport => $trans);

	 # Or more operations at the same time
	 # $wsdl->compileCalls(transport => $trans);

	 # $answer is the decoded XML content.
	 my($answer, $trace) = $call->(	\%parms	);

	 # If you need headers from the	response HTTP headers.
	 my $http_response = $trace->response;
	 print $http_response->header('X-Secret');

       You may know the	$srv_url to get	the address of the server, but you can
       also ask	the operation itself. Here a different implementation:

	 my $op	   = $wsdl->operation($opname);
	 my $srv   = ($op->addresses)[0];
	 my $trans = XML::Compile::Transport::SOAPHTTP->new(address => $srv
	   , timeout =>	15, ssl_opts =>	{ verify_hostname => 0 });

	 # Now configure the userAgent
	 my $ua	   = $trans->userAgent;

	 my $call  = $op->compileClient(transport => $trans);

       The LWP::UserAgent has many useful hooks	(<i>Handlers</i>), for
       instance	"request_send" and "response_done".

       Even shorter, The next works as well. In	the whole XML::Compile::SOAP
       suite, parameters passed	on higher levels are passed to all lower
       levels. Yeh, unclean programming	but useful.

	 my $ua	   = $trans->userAgent;
	 my $call  = $wsdl->compileClient(transport => $trans
	   , user_agent	=> $ua);

       When you	only need to add simple	authentication to the headers, you may
       use the magic of	LWP: provide your server address into

       add Basic Auth HTTP header

       An simple example for the previous section, is the often	needed basic
       authentication.	You need something like	this:

	  my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new(timeout => 10);
	  my $call = $wsdl->compileClient($operation, user_agent => $ua
	   , transport_hook => \&basic_auth);

	  sub basic_auth($$)
	  {   my ($request, $trace) = @_;
	      $request->authorization_basic($user, $password);
	      $ua->request($request);	  # returns $response

       That's all.  When you use XML::Compile::Cache to	maintain the calls
       (advised), it would look	like this:

	  $wsdl->compileCalls(user_agent => $ua, transport_hook	=> \&basic_auth);

   Collection XSD imports
       From a maintenance point	of view, it is a very bad idea that some XML
       client implementations load all the required schemas on the moment they
       start off. The server may change	the schemas at any moment, which may
       break the application at	any moment. Also, network problems will	cause
       the application to break	easily.	Therefore, XML::Compile	requires the
       schemas to be on	local disk (although you can use tricks	with wget at
       start-up	time to	voluntarily give-up your stability)

       To collect the imported schema files, you may use this (on the
       UNIX/Linux prompt)

	 wget -c -nv $(cat * |
		       sed -n 's/.*schemaLocation="\([^"]*\)".*/\1/p' |
		       sort -u)

       In your program,	you typically start with

	 my $wsdl = XML::Compile::WSDL11->new($wsdl_filename);
	 $wsdl->importDefinitions([glob	"*.xsd"]);

   Using SSL
       Abeltje contributed an SSL usage	example, which then got	adapted	to

	  use LWP::UserAgent;

	  my $wsdl = XML::Compile::WSDL11->new($wsdlfn);

	  # LWP	6.00 introduces	ssl_opts
	  @ENV{keys %lwp5_ssl} = values	%lwp5_ssl
	      if LWP::UserAgent->VERSION < 6;
	  my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new(ssl_opts	=> \%lwp6_ssl);

	  $wsdl->compileCalls(user_agent => $ua);

       Do not forget to	explicitly install "LWP::Protocol::https" !!!

       This module is part of XML-Compile-SOAP distribution version 3.26,
       built on	November 20, 2019. Website:

       Copyrights 2007-2019 by [Mark Overmeer <>]. For other
       contributors see	ChangeLog.

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the same terms as Perl itself.  See

perl v5.32.1			  2019-11-20	    XML::Compile::SOAP::FAQ(3)


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