3.6. Web Services

SOAP is a lightweight, extensible, XML-based protocol for information exchange in a decentralized, distributed environment. Primarily, SOAP defines a framework for message structure and a message processing model. SOAP also defines a set of encoding rules for serializing data and a convention for making remote procedure calls. The SOAP extensibility model provides the foundation for a wide range of composable modules and protocols running over a variety of underlying protocols such as HTTP.

By Supporting the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) , Virtuoso enables you to integrate business processes within and across organization boundaries. Virtuoso's SOAP Support implementation enables you to execute Virtuoso Stored Procedures over HTTP. This is a significant component in any B2B development and implementation effort. Development is very rapid and is directly incorporated within the database environment required for keeping B2B processes running accurately.