use C# to attach to a URL and get an "XML feed"


I want to create and upload records on our service provider's (jobs) database.

They told me to write an "XML Feed". Is this the same as SOAP? I read a bit and I don't see any "soap" keywords in the XML tags (see below). If it's not SOAP, what *is* the protocol and where can I get a tutorial?

The most common XML message I'll be sending apparently looks like this (they gave me the format):

Input XML Format

<XML ID="Transaction">
* : The JobContactName & JobContactEmail must be registered Contacts to be able to manipulate the Job using RMS , if the same are not registered Contacts the RMS will show the Job only for “Group Admin” User, though the Job may still be Updated/Deleted/Previewed using XML-Feed.
** : The JobDetDesc Tag must embed a CDATA Tag to enable <HTML> Tags within the JobDetDesc Tag.
Please refer the example below to note the usage of CDATA Tag.

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Sorry, I copied it from a PDF and lost the tabs/indents in the process
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Mark BullockQA EngineerCommented:
Maybe they have a URL to which you can post the XML.
zorba111Author Commented:
Yes, here's the URL:

As you can see it doesn't have a typical "Web Service" extension (like .asmx for example). Also when I put it into the VS2008 "Add Service Reference..." dialog, it doesn't get recognised as a web service:

The HTML document does not contain Web service discovery information.
Metadata contains a reference that cannot be resolved: ''.
The content type text/xml; charset=utf-8 of the response message does not match the content type of the binding (application/soap+xml; charset=utf-8). If using a custom encoder, be sure that the IsContentTypeSupported method is implemented properly. The first 99 bytes of the response were: '<JobDetails Error="Error encountered reading POST-DATA" Description="An XML error has occurred." />'.
If the service is defined in the current solution, try building the solution and adding the service reference again.

However: I just posted my XML message to it using C#'s HTTP classes, and am getting valid responses back...

So its just a case of using HTTP/POST, with no other layers on top.

Is there a name for this kind of basic "Web service", or is it not called a web service?
Is "XML Feed" a valid name?

I know, all this is rather academic, now that I seem to have come to grips with getting the thing to work. But I just want to know what the name of this is so I can look up tips for making it better etc., and so I can relate it to the rest of my knowledge.

Since posting this, I've had to use a real Webservice (*.asmx), so I want to be able to file/classify *this* technique relative to it :)
Mark BullockQA EngineerCommented:
You could call it a REST API.
An example is here:

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