Saturday, June 14, 2008

Perl - SOAP Client (using SOAP::Lite)

This Post shows how to use Perl as a SOAP Client to an existing web service.

For more information on Perl and WebServices I recommend: Programming Web Services with Perl

To access SOAP web services with Perl, I recommend the SOAP::Lite CPAN module. If you don't have SOAP::Lite already installed you can install it by issuing the following commands and answering any prompts.

perl -MCPAN -e shell
CPAN> install SOAP::Lite

Here is a simple example perl call that calls the stock quote webservice at

use strict;
use SOAP::Lite +trace => 'debug';
my $soap = SOAP::Lite->new();
my $serializer = $soap->serializer();
my $service = $soap->service('');

print $service->GetQuote("nvda");

Note: The recent version of SOAP::Lite appears to have a bug, when the service is a newer one like a .NET or axis the above code doesn't work. I can't find any indication that SOAP::Lite developers are going to fix this or not. If anyone has any information let me know.

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