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Consume a web service from the command line?

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I'd like to consume a .NET web service from the command line, ideally, from within a shell script.  I could use automator, but it's limited to 10.4.  The plan is to get hardware information about a machine and then contact the web servive which records the information.
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by:slyong
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Hi,

Are you using SOAP or XML-RPC?
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I'm using SOAP.
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You can use AppleScript (ref: http://developer.apple.com/documentation/AppleScript/Conceptual/soapXMLRPC/chapter2/chapter_2_section_3.html)

set theText to "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak."
set direction to "en_fr"
tell application "http://services.xmethods.net:80/perl/soaplite.cgi"
    set resultText to call soap {method name:"BabelFish", ¬
        method namespace uri:"urn:xmethodsBabelFish", ¬
        parameters:{translationmode:direction as string, ¬
        sourcedata:theText as string}, ¬
        SOAPAction:"urn:xmethodsBabelFish#BabelFish"}
end tell

If you want to call it from the shell, you can use osascript command (ref: http://developer.apple.com/documentation/Darwin/Reference/Manpages/man1/osascript.1.html)

Just add a line to the AppleScript above to return the value (assuming it is saved as soap.scpt):
return resultText

and from the shell do:
$ osascript soap.scpt
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