Visual Basic Demo Client
This page contains instructions for downloading and running a Visual Basic client against the
Quotation Service running on our servers.
Ensure that you have Internet Explorer 5.5 or later (this will ensure you have the correct version of
the HTTP connector libraries) - to view your IE version simply open IE and choose Help/About - if
you have a prior version then IE can be downloaded free of charge from Microsoft's
IE download page.
Ensure that you have Microsoft Installer (MSI) functionality (which allows you to run the
SOAP toolkit installer) - this comes standard with Windows XP, 2000 and Windows Me so users of
these systems will not need to do anything. If you are using Windows NT then
download MSI 1.1+ for NT. If you are using Win95 or Win98 then
download MSI 1.1+ for Win9x.
Install the Microsoft SOAP Toolkit (version 2.0 SP2 or later) which will give the client you are about to
download the appropriate DLLs for communicating in SOAP. To do this go to the
MS SOAP Toolkit download area and choose the download entitled "SoapToolkit", read and accept the license agreement (if you are happy with the terms)
and save the file to your machine. You should now have a file called soaptoolkit20.exe or soapsdk.exe.
This is a self-extracting executable that exploits MSI functionality. Run it and follow
the onscreen instructions to install the toolkit. When asked, opt for the COMPLETE install.
Install the Visual Basic demo client for Soapuser.com's Quotation Service. To do this
simply download the VB Demo Client Zip File, extract it to the directory of your choice, run the setup.exe and follow the on-screen instructions,
accepting all defaults.
Run the demo client by choosing : Start / Programs / SOAPUSER.COM Demo / Quotation Service
VB Demo. Hitting the "Get All Quotations" button should result in the entire quotation list
being retrieved from our server using the SOAP protocol and displayed on your screen. Hit
the "Help" button for further instructions.
If you want to run the client against your own server as set up in the
Server-Side Tutorial simply change the root of the URL fromservices.xmethods.net to localhost:8080.
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