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Recently I have been working a lot with web services : developing new ones and maintaining some.

All the web services I maintain return a XML string which are build manually using XMLDocument, XMLWriter etc. But I prefer to pass a complex type because it is easier to develop and maintain. Also the client who is using the web service would find it easy to see the XML schema returned if we are returning the complex type. If we are constructing a XML file and returning it as a string, then we will have to validate it with a XML schema and give the XML schema to client application so that the client knows the structure of output.

I am not sure about how the complex type would be received by a client application which is not .Net based. Since I use only .Net I find it really easy.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 12:26 AM .NET , XML , Web Services | Back to top


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