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Trying to figure out what I don't know and what to ask a vendor.

Trying to consume a private web service.  I have been given a sample request xml file, sample response xml and a wsdl.  Given the private nature of this service I can't provide the sample files.  I know, difficult to help if one can't see specifics.  

General web search shows example of soap client but not sure I understand how to apply.  I have an instance of a new soap client but not sure what to do next.
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First thing to do is ask the publisher of the web service if they have a RESTful interface.  If so, use that instead of SOAP.  If not, ask the publisher of the web service if they have PHP examples.  If so, follow those examples.  If not, look for a different problem to solve.

Some of my colleagues say SOAP is the devil.  I don't go quite that far, but I know from experience that the internet is littered with the rotting husks of failed SOAP projects.  In contrast, I've never met anyone who could not immediately understand and use a REST API.

SOAP, more SOAP, SOAP compared to REST, SOAP after understanding REST, REST
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Agreed on REST preference.  If I were in a windows environment, I would fire up visual studio and this would probably be an easier.  Thanks
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rest is obviously easier.

with soap, you can use functions such as http://php.net/manual/fr/soapclient.getfunctions.php which will list the available functions and gettypes which will give an idea regarding their parameters... if the doc you have is insufficient printing those 2 arrays and reading through the wsdl usually gives a good hint regarding how to use the api

then you use http://php.net/manual/fr/soapclient.call.php pretty much in the same way you'd use call_user_function() in order to call a local function
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