SOAP::Client(3) exists purely as a superclass for client classes declared by the various SOAP::Lite transport modules.


The SOAP::Client class exists purely as a superclass for client classes declared by the various SOAP::Lite transport modules. The methods it provides are all simple accessors; they return the current value when called with no arguments or set the attribute value and return the object reference when called with an argument. These attributes include:


code, message, status
Stores the response code, message, and status from the most-recent send attempt. For some protocols, such as FTP, the same value is used for all three because of the lack of finer-grained detail (the default is to ensure that all three attributes contain data, even if redundant). Other protocols (such as HTTP) have distinct values in each.
Identifies the current endpoint to which messages are being sent. This should match the value of the transport method from the SOAP::Transport class, but setting this doesn't propagate to the transport object. It is better to use the transport object (or the shortcut via the SOAP::Lite object itself) when setting this.
The success or failure of the most-recent transmission is noted here as a boolean value.
The options attribute keeps a hash-table reference of additional options and their values. At present, only one option is used by any of the transport modules:
The value of this option should be a numerical value. If set, and if the Compress::Zlib library is available, messages whose size in bytes exceeds this value will be compressed before sending. Both ends of the conversation must have it enabled.

Other options may be defined using this mechanism. Note that setting the options using this accessor requires a full hash reference be passed. To set just one or a few values, consider retrieving the current reference value and using it to set the key(s).


Special thanks to O'Reilly publishing which has graciously allowed SOAP::Lite to republish and redistribute large excerpts from Programming Web Services with Perl, mainly the SOAP::Lite reference found in Appendix B.


Copyright (C) 2000-2004 Paul Kulchenko. All rights reserved.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


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