[XML-SIG] SOAP, Web services, hype, and Python

Michael McLay mclay@nist.gov
Mon, 17 Mar 2003 08:56:09 -0500

On Sunday 16 March 2003 10:37 pm, Mark Bucciarelli wrote:
> On Sunday 16 March 2003 10:27 pm, Michael McLay wrote:
> [...]
> > I have identified and worked with four partially completed
> > implementations of SOAP in Python.
> If you just want the client, you can use the SOAP.py script from pygoogle
> (Mark Pilgrim) and the wsdllib.py from Uche.  I had to patch wsdllib to
> work with the latest 4Suite (the patch is in the list archive).

Thanks for the suggestions. I need both client and server sides. 

I looked at SOAP.py early on in my evaluation. I needed SOAP Messages with 
Attachments and it did not support this, so I moved on to look at other 
options. I see adding attachements is on the TODO list. 

> > I am somewhat concerned
> > that the Python community seems so uninterested in SOAP and the
> > associated web services tools, such as WSDL and UDDI. Are web services
> > considered a dead end in the Python community?
> Maybe because xmlrpc is just so drop-dead easy with Python and solves 80%
> of the problems with 20% of the work? <ducks>

It's too bad the SOAP committee continued on past what was done in XML-RPC. 
This is a classic example of a committee that was designing a horse and 
created a camel.