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SOAP API from our email providers

Posted on 2006-11-09
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Hello,

We have an email provider to whom we out source our email services to. They have a feature called Integration API and say that we can automate everything. We can get access to their API allowing automation of account management - something which is ideal for integrating with out own control panels / intranet. Their API is based on SOAP.

Can anyone tell me what they mean by this and what we would be able to do with it … is SOAP an ok technology ?

I would ask our provider about this however a third party view would be great to hear first.

Any information would be greatly received.

Many thanks… GISVPN
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What they are talking about is a typical set of objects/methods/functions that one may use to intract with their systems. The only difference is that they have exposed their API via SOAP and so the callee need not have to install their dll or worry about what ports to open. SOAP works on http port (port 80) and that way the whole process works without haveing to worry about firewall etc. SOAP is also standard way of communication and so one can use any platform (Windows/Linux/Unix) and any language (ASP/PHP/Perl) to use the exposed API. Do google search on SOAP and you will find description and examples of how to code and use it. If you are using Windows and ASP.Net, using SOAP is as simple as using any given class code locally.
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Hey thanks for your email.

In this context what do you think they would allow us to do  ? Whats the value of them providing us with this access ?

Thanks

GISVPN
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Well, there could be several reasons their client need to access it. For example you yourself need something like this to be able to integrate it with your own control panel.
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do you have an example ? :)
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General SOAP related examples are included with any SDK. Exact example of your email provider would depend on their WSDL. What are you going to use for coding?
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great thanks for the information
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