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C# Soap Tutorial

Table of Contents

Running the examples

Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web is a free IDE for developing C# web applications and is available at

Setup a new Web Site project in Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web and point to the samples\dotnet folder as the root of the web site. To run the example files, edit Settings.Config with an openEQUELLA username and password, and edit Web.Config at the path system.serviceModel/client/endpoint/@address (towards the bottom of the file) with the openEQUELLA SOAP endpoint. The SOAP endpoint is of the format:


For example:

Notice how the system.serviceModel/bindings/basicHttpBinding/binding/@allowCookies value is set to true. This attribute must be set to true for all new projects.

Guide to the example code

A web reference to SoapService51 has already been added to the Web Site project. To add other SOAP services, add a new Service Reference (right click the App_WebReferences folder in the Solution Explorer window and select Add Service Reference…) and enter the URL of the SOAP service’s WSDL file. For example, http://INSTITUTION_URL/services/calactivation.service?wsdl

The example code contains a helper class (EQUELLASOAP) which you are free to use and modify. This class has been created to simplify the processing of the XML results and XML parameters returned from and supplied to the SOAP methods. The EQUELLASOAP class is not required to use the openEQUELLA SOAP service, it is simply provided for convenience of extension.

This example shows how you can retrieve a list of items from openEQUELLA based on a few search parameters. The searching code is contained within the cmdSearch_Click method. Here is a summary of that code:


This example shows how you can contribute an item to a collection and give it a name, description and a file attachment. The contribution code is contained within the cmdSubmit_Click method. Here is a summary of that code:

Writing your own code

In general the process for invoking a SOAP method is as follows:

  1. Create a SoapService51 object.
  2. Call the login method:
client.login(username, password);

The user that you login as must have sufficient privileges to perform your required task. You cannot do anything over SOAP that you cannot do within the openEQUELLA web UI.

  1. Invoke a method:
    collectionsXml = client.getContributableCollections();

    NOTE: All SOAP methods will return either a simple string, number or an XML string.

  2. Call the logout method.

This is not strictly necessary, the user session will eventually time out on the server, but it is good practice to call logout to free server side resources.