Hi Guys, probably is a dummy question, I am just starting on SOAP subject, I work in a bank and we are connecting with a third party webservice and I wonder if this company has to provide us the WSDL or we need to create it?
TDBank I've found a nice article that describes WSDL like this:
What is a WSDL?
WSDL, or Web Service Description Language, is an XML based definition language. It’s used for describing the functionality of a SOAP based web service.
WSDL files are central to testing SOAP-based services. SoapUI uses WSDL files to generate test requests, assertions and mock services. WSDL files define various aspects of SOAP messages:
- Whether any element or attribute is allowed to appear multiple times
- The required or optional elements and attributes
- A specific order of elements, if it is required
You may consider a WSDL file as a contract between the provider and the consumer of the service. SoapUI supports 1.1 version of the WSDL specification and corresponding bindings for SOAP versions 1.1 and 1.2.
This article explains how to work with WSDL files in SoapUI. If you are looking for a WSDL example, or if you want to learn about the differences between WSDL and WADL, please see SOAP vs REST.
And, here's the description of the SOAP protocol.
I hope this helps you figure out how this works!