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Consume SOAP Service with COM Component

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12 Dec 2016CPOL1 min read
This article explains how to consume a WebService (SOAP) from plain VisualBasicScript by using a COM DLL written in C#.

Sure there is a way to send a request to SOAP service "manually" by writing down a XML file and posting it to server as HTTP POST like this.

This is however a hard way, you need to handle such a complex structures like:

XML
<?xml version=""1.0"" encoding=""utf-8""?>
<soap:Envelope xmlns:soap=""http://www.w3.org/2003/05/soap-envelope"" 
xmlns:fruit=""http://fabrikam.net""><soap:Header/><soap:Body>
<fruit:findBananasbyId><Id>" & bananaId & /Id></fruit:findBananasById></soap:Body></soap:Envelope>"

and believe me, that is just a beginning. :)

On the other side, it is very simple to create a client application to consume a SOAP service in Visual Studio. Take a look for example at this link.

Now you can create a .NET library (DLL) but how to use it from a VBS?

The answer is - the DLL need to be a COM object!

Assumed we have such a COM-DLL, we can easily use it:

VB.NET
Dim oComSoap
Set oComSoap = CreateObject("myComInterface")
oComSoap.SendRequest

There are certainly two points / pitfalls:

  1. The .NET WCF Application has an app.config looking like this:
    XML
    < system.serviceModel >
            < bindings >
              < wsHttpBinding >
                   < binding name = "WSHttpBinding_PurchaseInvoiceService" />
              </ wsHttpBinding >
            </ bindings >
            < client >
              < endpoint address = 
              "http://ax5-w8r2-01.contoso.com/MicrosoftDynamicsAXAif50/purchaseinvoiceservice.svc"
                      binding = "wsHttpBinding" 
                      bindingConfiguration = "WSHttpBinding_PurchaseInvoiceService"
                      contract = "PurchaseInvoiceService.PurchaseInvoiceService" 
                      name = "WSHttpBinding_PurchaseInvoiceService" >
                  < identity >  
                    < userPrincipalName value = "Administrator@contoso.com" />
                  </ identity >
              </ endpoint >
            </ client >
    </ system.serviceModel >

    Your stand-alone DLL makes no use of app.config and shall replace it by creating an according class:

    C#
    PurchaseInvoiceServiceClient _oClient;
    
    WSHttpBinding oBinding = new WSHttpBinding();
    oBinding.Name = "WSHttpBinding_PurchaseInvoiceService";     
    string strEndPoint = 
    "http://ax5-w8r2-01.contoso.com/MicrosoftDynamicsAXAif50/purchaseinvoiceservice.svc";
    EndpointAddress oEndPoint = new EndpointAddress(strEndPoint);
    _oClient = new PurchaseInvoiceServiceClient(oBinding, oEndPoint);
  2. The .NET WCF Application marks an entry point / the main function as [STAThread] that means, the COM threading model for an application is single-threaded apartment (STA).

    This is what you need to do for every SOAP interface of your DLL:

    C#
    [STAThread]
    public bool SendRequest()

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