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Create a SOAP Request/Response using XML from VBA

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I am trying to create a SOAP call from within Excel VBA using XML.  It the final solution I don't know much about the machine that will run the code so I can't expect or install the SOAP toolkit or anything like that.  I have to use very basic elements.  I am making the assumption that XML will be installed but will use late binding to 'try' for different versions.

Based on some research and the client's "development" document that details the ExportData function I have got the code below.

The commented out XMLDOM code is not needed as yet (I think) but will be used to process the result.

Currently if I run it I get nonsense back - a stream of question marks with the odd dot or numeric in it.

If I run the SOAP request in a test software like SoapUI then I get an "Invalid Path" error but thats due to my export being configured wrongly I think - possibly the test/testExpo table isn't present on my test web service.  I'm working on that aspect with the client though if anything obvious is wrong please let me know!

I want, for now, to get the same error back via XML that I get from SoapUI as I know that is the server responding at least.

Thanks

Simon

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Dim oXML    As Object
Dim oDom    As Object
Dim sReq    As String

    sReq = ""
    sReq = sReq & "<soapenv:Envelope " & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & " xmlns:xsi=""http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"" " & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & " xmlns:xsd=""http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"" " & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & " xmlns:soapenv=""http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/"" " & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & " xmlns:enab=""enablon"">" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "   <soapenv:Header>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "      <tns:AuthHeader id=""h_id1"">" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "         <EnaUserName xsi:type=""xsd:string"">name</EnaUserName>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "         <EnaPassword xsi:type=""xsd:string"">pass</EnaPassword>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "      </tns:AuthHeader>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "   </soapenv:Header>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "   <soapenv:Body>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "      <enab:ExportData soapenv:encodingStyle=""http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/encoding/"">" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "         <Table xsi:type=""xsd:string"">/test/testExpo</Table>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "         <FolderId xsi:type=""xsd:int"">0</FolderId>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "         <Fields xsi:type=""xsd:string"">f1|f2</Fields>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "         <Filter xsi:type=""xsd:string""></Filter>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "         <CSVSeparator xsi:type=""xsd:int"">1</CSVSeparator>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "         <FormatOptions xsi:type=""xsd:int"">22</FormatOptions>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "         <FormatType xsi:type=""xsd:int"">2</FormatType>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "         <ExportOptions xsi:type=""xsd:int"">1</ExportOptions>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "      </enab:ExportData>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "   </soapenv:Body>" & vbCrLf
    sReq = sReq & "</soapenv:Envelope>" & vbCrLf


Set oXML = CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP")
'Set oDom = CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLDOM")

oXML.Open "POST", "https://rct2.enablon.com/6.0-6/sedex/rpc_encoded.wsdl", False
oXML.setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "text/xml"

'oDom.loadXML sReq

oXML.sEnd sReq

Debug.Print oXML.responseBody
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Your code is working fine - it's just that responsebody is being returned as an array of byte character codes - when you cast this to a string (as you do when you debug.print it), VBA expects it will be a unicode string with two bytes per character.  Yours has only one byte per character, so if you add this code instead of your debug.print you get a proper error message:
Debug.Print oXML.responsebody

Dim i As Long
Dim aBody() As Byte
aBody = oXML.responsebody

For i = LBound(aBody) To UBound(aBody)
    Debug.Print Chr$(aBody(i));
Next i

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You can either code round this as I have done, or see if there is some option at the server side to send back a unicode string instead
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Actually responseText contains the same message without doing my code bit.  It's in xml, but I think response xml is not populated bacuase of the unicode thing.  To get a dom object from the xml you probably have to Load the string from responseText.
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Andrew

Thanks for that, have added the loop and I now get proper text out.

Unfortunately its an HTML page indicating "The page you are looking for cannot be displayed because an invalid method (HTTP verb) was used to attempt access."

I suspect that means my WSDL location is incorrect?  The address used in the VBA is the same as I gave SoapUI and that worked ok, the web service responded at least.  Do I need to change how I address the WSDL?
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I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that.  I think you're right that you need a different address to post to, but you'll need to ask the owner of web service what it is.  I don't think you normally post to the wsdl location.
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A couple of thoughts - I've never done this to an https server, only ever to http - are there additional requirements? Also although it was a few years ago that I did this, when we changed from IIS to an apache server I had to change the request header to reference the name of the method being iinvoked:
   With m_xmlSoapTransport
        .Open "POST", m_strURL, True
        .setRequestHeader "SOAPAction", "#" & strMethodName
        .send m_xmlSoapMessage
    End With

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You might have to do something like this, but it is server specific, so I think you do need to speak to the server owner
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Yep, thanks to both of you for your thoughts.

I am working on speaking to the web service supplier (third party rather than my actual client)
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