New project: Communicate through a web service to some other outfit to set up, modify, enable/disable, etc., email and other services. This will be integrated with our Service Order maintenance application running on our IBM Power, in ILE-RPG. I've consumed web services before. I can handle this.

First obstacle: I am told that this is to be done through their "web service" (quotes intentional), but when I requested access to the WSDL, I was referred to the care and feeding document. Said document is a PDF containing descriptions of how to perform various operations through various snippets of XML. Cool. I asked again where to find the WSDL, and was told "haven't got one." Oh.

Perhaps I can construct one, and paste in the XML pieces? This web service (my contact refers to the "app") is not publicly available, which may explain why they don't have a WSDL. Perhaps this has never been requested by other clients they've invited to share the app with.

Question: How do I fudge up a WSDL that will include all the necessary pieces to satisfy WSDL2RPG stub generators?

Second obstacle: I'm still waiting for SysOp to get the updates installed to allow my access to "Web Administration for i". I suspect there is a wizard or two there that would help, but I can't get there yet. We are on 7.1 (still waiting for TR7 too).

One of the operations from the care and feeding manual looks like this:
[I do have the URL of where the XML gets sent to, as well as the user and password referenced in the authenticate tag]

To suspend the user, issue the following command:

<?xml version="1.0"?>

So given that I may be rolling my own WSDL by hand, can someone point me to some useful details? My goal is to have a suitable WSDL to be accessed by WSDL2RPG.

Many thanks,
Michael Koester


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