HTTP communicates over TCP/IP. An HTTP client connects to an HTTP server using TCP. After establishing a connection, the client can send an HTTP request message to the server:
The server then processes the request and sends an HTTP response back to the client. The response contains a status code that indicates the status of the request:
In the example above, the server returned a status code of 200. This is the standard success code for HTTP.
If the server could not decode the request, it could have returned something like this:
A SOAP method is an HTTP request/response that complies with the SOAP encoding rules.
A SOAP request could be an HTTP POST or an HTTP GET request.
The HTTP POST request specifies at least two HTTP headers: Content-Type and Content-Length.
The Content-Type header for a SOAP request and response defines the MIME type for the message and the character encoding (optional) used for the XML body of the request or response.
The Content-Length header for a SOAP request and response specifies the number of bytes in the body of the request or response.
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