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Documentation

This page documents the externally accessible Web Service APIs provided by ECONZ Wireless for its cloud based solutions EService and Timecard. This page is the best place to get the most up to date information on our Web Service APIs. For convenience there is also a downloadable overview document which contains a summary list of the major methods invokable on these services and the basic data structures passed through these methods.

To download EService & Timecard SOAP Overview.pdf, click here.

Links to EService Soap API's

ECONZ provides the following Web Services:

Soap Interface Purpose

The SOAP interface to EService and Timecard is intended for communicating and responding to requests from a client application. As such the format is designed with machine readability rather than human readability in mind.

The SOAP interface has two major roles:

  1. Receipt and processing of incoming SOAP requests that describe new jobs or tasks to be created and dispatched, or changes to data in EService or Timecard.
  2. Generation and sending of responses to requests detailing job progress/status information to the originator of the job.

Encoding

Messages in this document are written to conform to the SOAP specification as registered at http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope. More specifically, the internal structure of the messages match the WSDL describing the exact message structure used in relation to the EService and Timecard SOAP interfaces.

SOAP Background

From the draft W3C specification:

SOAP is a lightweight protocol for exchange of information in a decentralized, distributed environment. It is an XML based communication protocol that consists of three parts:

  • An envelope that defines a framework for describing what is in a message and how to process it;
  • A set of encoding rules for expressing instances of application-defined data types; and
  • A convention for representing remote procedure calls and responses.

Web Services Description Language (WSDL) is a specification defining how to describe Web Services in a common XML grammar. It describes four critical pieces of data:

  • Interface information describing all publicly available functions
  • Data type information for all message requests and message responses
  • Binding information about the transport protocol to be used
  • Address information for locating the specified service

WSDL is platform and language-independent and is used primarily (although not exclusively) to describe SOAP services. Using WSDL, a client can locate a web service and invoke any of its publicly available functions. With WSDL-aware tools (such as .NET), you can automate this process, enabling applications to easily integrate new services with little or no manual code.

Definitions, Acronyms and Abbreviations

This document uses the following definitions, acronyms and abbreviations.

Acronym Definition
SOAP Simple Object Access Protocol
XML Extended Mark-up Language
WSDL Web Services Description Language
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