Notes 7: Need simple web service consume example

Posted on 2008-10-13
Last Modified: 2013-12-18

I would like to consume a web service using Lotus Notes.  I have a web service in an external application which needs to be consumed.
I have read through the bulk of the answers on web services here and I get stuck at one or other step each time.
Please can you help me by giving me the most simple example which I can use? How would you explain to a person creating a web service for the first time...

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I notice that all these examples use Java. I would like a simple Lotus Script example if anyone has one.
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There is one that mentions LotusScript, I think. The 2nd one, about Free Time. Scroll down to the section "Calling the modified Web service from LotusScript using MSSOAP"
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I am spending hours reading through all this documentation as I have been doing, I would really appreciate a simple example if someone has one.
My request is specifically asking for a Simple Example as I, along with most other people which will refer to this thread in the future, would work well off something simple and less technical.  
I have also found another site which has a seemingly simple example which I am referring to now:

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Here is an example database of the most simple way that I have found yet. If you have a simpler way then please add it to this thread so that I can assign the points.

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Consuming a web service in Lotus (R8) is pretty straightforward. Consuming the web services provided by Maconomy is not that easy, especially using Lotusscript.

What Client version are you using, and is Lotusscript a must? And for the Maconomy specific web service, did you check the documentation, some examples are available there.

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Yes, I have read the Maconomy documentation and I have the WSDL available in Maconomy.  Maconomy seems like the easier of the two.
I am using Domino 7 and I would prefer lotus script as most people in my department use Lotus script and I would like to keep it simple for everyone to understand should they want to make use of it in the future.

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I have build a consumer for a Maconomy web service. The issue that I encountered is that Lotus (R8 in this case) cannot build the correct consumer out of the box. You might want to look at the capabilities of R8, a lot has changed regarding web services.

My conclusion was that you will have to build the consumer from scratch. This is quite a lot of work and you will need a good understanding of the web services. I decided to go another route and build the consumer using AXIS 1. If you use the example in the Maconomy documentation it is easy. Using Java in that case is a must though.

Mail me if you want to discuss this offline, it seems that we are working on the same thing..

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Well, it is rare to find a someone with Maconomy knowledge. I can however not see your email address. Notes 8 would be an awesome solution but we are not using it as yet. I am using the example which I posted attachment KISS-example.doc currently, take a look, it seems quite easy at first glance.. I am just struggling now with one or two parts of it.

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Indeed rare.. You can find me in Skype by the name duizendstra. Maybe we can compare notes...
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Time to update your EE-profiles, guys!!  :-))

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The above quick and dirty example is just that. It does work but requires quite a lot before it can become a decent web service. Use it if you want to return simple types, I am currently trying to return complex types and I am stuck. Thanks duizendstra for your help thus far.
Can anyone tell me how to return my complex type in a manner that notes will understand?

- <complexType name="getEmployeeInfoResponseType">
- <all>
  <element minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1" name="EmployeeNumber" type="xsd:string" /> 
  <element minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1" name="Name1" type="xsd:string" /> 
  <element minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1" name="Name2" type="xsd:string" /> 
  <element minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1" name="Name3" type="xsd:string" /> 
  <element minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1" name="Telephone" type="xsd:string" /> 
  <element minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1" name="Country" type="xsd:string" /> 
Script part:
Public Function wsm_getEmployeeInfo(Byval str_employeeNo As String) As struct_getEmployeeInfoRespo
		Dim test As struct_getEmployeeInfoRespo
		On Error Goto wsm_getEmployeeInfoTrap
		Set wsm_getEmployeeInfo = New struct_getEmployeeInfoRespo
		Set wsm=sc_employee.getEmployeeInfo(str_employeeNo)
and the class - 
Public Class struct_getEmployeeInfoRespo
	Public EmployeeNumber As String
	Public Name1 As String
	Public Name2 As String
	Public Name3 As String
	Public Telephone As String
	Public Country As String
End Class

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Maybe there is no such thing as a "simple webservice consumer"? Or maybe what duizendstra came up with really IS the simplest example?

In any case, I'd say you can have this question closed when you post your solution. :-))

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