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From Dave Simmons <>
Subject RE: Custom mapping's and DataHandlers?
Date Thu, 13 Nov 2003 06:38:09 GMT

Hi, we don't use java on the client side, we use gSOAP (C++).  The issue 
with having the server accept a DataHandler is that there is, as far as I 
can tell, no defined mapping from a DataHandler to any combination of C++ 
or C# types.  If you define a WSDL file using this type, no non-java 
toolkit will be able to figure out what a DataHandler "is".

What I was suggesting is that the server side must export and accept files 
/ BLOBs using a type that does have a well-defined mapping to C++ and C# 
base types, in other words that you must write your own code on the server 
side to marshall the attachment to / from a simple binary buffer which can 
be sent / received using the well-defined base64Binary type.

xmlns:s=""  ...

       <s:complexType name="GetImageReturnParam">
           <s:element minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" name="Image" 
type="s:base64Binary" />
       <s:element name="AddExamImage" type="s0:AddExamImageParams" />
       <s:complexType name="AddImageParams">
           <s:element minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1" name="FolderID" 
type="s:int" />
           <s:element minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" name="FileName" 
type="s:string" />
           <s:element minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" name="Image" 
type="s:base64Binary" />

The types in the above WSDL are the response from a service to download an 
image file, and a service to upload an image to a folder using the name 
supplied.  In this case the server is IIS with .NET and the client it gSOAP 


At 02:10 PM 11/12/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>I am trying to understand this interop issue in relation to my
>applications requirements.
>My clients are sending a .war file as an attachment to my service. My
>client is adding it as an attachment using a ByteArrayDataSource. The
>server gets the DataHandler InputStream and streams the content to file
>or DB. The client is using DIME.
>In order to interoperate with all SOAP(DIME) clients does the client
>have to Base64 encode the .war byte[] before adding the attachment or
>will this byte[] get encoded by DIME and be properly decoded by any DIME

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