The words SOAP and WSDL are acronyms, with SOAP standing for Simple Object Access Protocol and WSDL being a short form of Web Service Description Language.
WSDL is an XML placed interface descriptive language that explains services that are available in a defined web service. This provides a description of the service naming, the specifications that are needed and the response pattern that is given back, that can easily be read and interpreted by a machine.
SOAP is defined as a protocol definition used in the transfer of patterned data in the fulfillment of Internet Services in Computer device networks.
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