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From Jeff Turner <>
Subject Re: New SOAP live samples online
Date Sun, 01 Apr 2001 22:59:30 GMT
Very cool :) All sorts of neat possibilities.. SVG -> PNG services, etc. I'm
sure the SOAP and FOP people would like to hear about this. 


On Sun, Apr 01, 2001 at 01:43:19PM +0200, Uli Mayring wrote:
> Hello,
> under you can find
> a) the docs for the new version of the SOAP taglib
> b) the new version as a download .tar.gz archive (complete with DocHandler
> and the PDF archive)
> c) the new live samples
> There is one new feature in the live samples, you can now save 
> generated letters to the PDF archive (no spectacular code, I just didn't
> have time to complete this for the last version).
> And there's one new feature in the SOAP taglib (besides upgrading it to
> work with Cocoon 1.8.2), which is illustrated by the new sample
> "addressbook". It allows you to send arbitrarily complex XML fragments    
> (i.e. XML documents without XML declaration and root tag) to a SOAP
> service. And you can retrieve these XML fragments in any XSP page using
> the SOAP taglib. This is a very general technique, but I wrote with a
> concrete application in mind:
> This technique enables you to call Cocoon programmatically and pass it 
> arbitrary XML data to work with. There is no need anymore for the XML data 
> being in the filesystem or a database at the remote end. All you need at
> the remote end is a static stub file and the XML fragments you pass along 
> will be inserted into it. No great achievement in a technical sense, but
> it makes workflows possible a la "send us your XML data via SOAP and we'll
> send you a PDF". The frontend (i.e. the one, who sends the XML data) can
> either be an XSP page (as in the addressbook sample) or an arbitrary
> program (as in the DocHandler).
> The addressbook sample actually uses both frontends: first an XSP page to
> pass the address data as XML fragments to a SOAP service (the DocHandler).
> Then the DocHandler asks Cocoon to make a PDF from this XML data by
> passing the XML fragments to a (remote or local) XSP page and returns
> the generated PDF to the original requester.
> This technique is not limited to PDF, but that's all I implemented 
> (besides XML, which is of course "naturally" supported).
> Ulrich
> -- 
> Ulrich Mayring
> DENIC eG, Softwareentwicklung

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