What is SOAP?

Davanum Srinivas

SOAP is an abbreviation for Simple Object Access Protocol. According to W3C Note on SOAP:

SOAP is a lightweight protocol for exchange of information in a decentralized, distributed environment. It is an XML based 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 datatypes, and a convention for representing remote procedure calls and responses.