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Discovering Web services using the Web Service Explorer

About this task

In the Web Service wizard step described in Specifying the URI and method, you can seek the help of the Web Service Explorer to discover the Web Service methods available for a defined WSDL.

The Web Service Explorer button is located next to the Refresh Preview button.


  1. Click Web Service Explorer to launch the help browser.
  2. In the Web Service Explorer's toolbar (top-right), click the WSDL Page icon.
    WSDL Page icon selected.
  3. Click the WSDL Main.
  4. In the WSDL URL field, enter the URL of the Web Service WSDL you want to get the operation details of, and click Go. Note that the field is case-sensitive.
    In this example:
    Web Services Explorer dialog box with details opened.
  5. Click the port name you want to use under Bindings. In this example: countrySoap.
  6. Click the Name of the method under Operations to display the parameters required, GetCountryByCountryCode in this example.
    Web Services Explorer dialog box with actions opened.
  7. Click the parameter name (in this example: CountryCode) to get more information about the parameter.
  8. Click Add to add a new parameter line. You can add as many lines as you want.
  9. Enter a value, fr in this example, and then click Go to execute.


The result displays in the Status area. If the number of parameters you entered exceeds the maximum number of parameters authorized, an error message will display a pop-up message.

Simply copy and paste the relevant information to help you fill in the fields of the standard WSDL wizard.

Information noteNote:

The WSDL URI is not passed on automatically to the Web Service wizard fields.

You can use the Source link on the Status area in case you need to debug your Web Service request or response

Status page.

The Web Service Explorer can also help find your favorite registry through the UDDI page UDDI page and WSIL page WSIL page buttons of the tool bar.

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