Either it’s suddenly become 2004 again, or somebody didn’t get the memo. It’s hard to choose where to begin with this one — hmm, maybe this little tidbit:
Now here’s the absolute coolest part (at least in my opinion). Armed with the WSDL document, you can use freely available, open source tools to automatically generate stub code to send requests to and receive responses from the SOAP web service in just about any modern programming language of your choosing.
For both the client and the server.
The stub code generates and parses all of the XML. As a developer working in the language of your choice, you are completely abstracted from the sending and receiving of data on the wire.
I guess I was wrong; it’s not 2004, it’s 1994.