In this case SOAP refers to Simple Object Application Protocol, a way for applications to communicate with each other over the Internet, no matter which platform is being used.
The Dublin, Ireland-based company with U.S. offices in Walnut Creek, Calif. is demonstrating how its SOAP works with multiple vendors at the Networld+Interop conference with the help of sponsor companies like Microsoft and IBM.
“A key value of Web services is that they allow diverse back-end IT systems to work together creating more functional applications,” says Cape Clear CTO Hugh Grant. At the conference we are demonstrating that multiple vendors’ Web services work together flawlessly, underlining their potential.”
The test used a fictitious company’s buying and selling process to show how a purchase order can be executed between multiple buyers and sellers through SOAP.
Unlike an Internet Inter-ORB Protocol (IIOP), SOAP piggybacks a specific attribution onto a HTTP protocol in order to penetrate server firewalls.
Using XML technologies such as SOAP, Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) and Web Services Description Language (WDSL), Cape Clear says its solution lets developers quickly and easily link applications built with technologies that sometimes don’t relate like Java, Enterprise JavaBeans, Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) and Microsoft .NET over the Internet.