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  • Suraj

    Member
    April 20, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    What is WSDL in Salesforce?

  • Saurabh

    Member
    April 20, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Suraj

    Salesforce provides a WSDL (Web Service Description Language) file. They are called "Enterprise WSDL" and "Partner WSDL". A WSDL is an XML-document that contains a standardized description on how to communicate using a web service (the Salesforce API is exposed as a web service). The WSDL is used by developers to aid in the creation of Salesforce integration pieces. A typical process involves using the Development Environment (eg, Eclipse for Java, or Visual Studio for .Net) to consume the WSDL and generate classes that are then referenced in the integration.

    The primary differences between the two WSDL that we provide are:

    Enterprise WSDL:
    a) The Enterprise WSDL is strongly typed.
    b) The Enterprise WSDL is tied (bound) to a specific configuration of Salesforce (ie. a specific organization's Salesforce configuration).
    c) The Enterprise WSDL changes if modifications (e.g custom fields or custom objects) are made to an organization's Salesforce configuration.

    For the reasons outlined above, the Enterprise WSDL is intended primarily for Customers.

    Partner WSDL:
    a) The Partner WSDL is loosely typed.
    b) The Partner WSDL can be used to reflect against/interrogate any configuration of Salesforce (ie. any organization's Salesforce configuration).
    c) The Partner WSDL is static and hence does not change if modifications are made to an organization's Salesforce configuration.

    For the reasons outlined above, the Partner WSDL is intended primarily for Partners.

    To download a WSDL file when logged into Salesforce:

    1. Click Setup | Customize | Develop | API

    2. Click the link to download the appropriate WSDL.

    3. Save the file locally, giving the file a ".wsdl" extension.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Forcetalks.
  • shariq

    Member
    September 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Hi,

    SOAP Stands for Simple Object Access Protocol. SOAP defines a standard communication protocol (set of rules) specification for XML-based message exchange. SOAP uses different transport protocols, such as HTTP and SMTP. Salesforce provides programmatic access to your organization's information using simple, powerful, and secure application programming interfaces.

    Apex SOAP web services allow an external application to invoke Apex methods through SOAP Web services.

    Salesforce provides a WSDL (Web Service Description Language) files. They are called "Enterprise WSDL" and "Partner WSDL". A WSDL is an XML-document which contains a standardized description on how to communicate using a web service (the Salesforce API is exposed as a web service)

    Thanks

  • Parul

    Member
    September 19, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    hi

    Add some point:

    Salesforce's WSDL allows you to easily integrate salesforce.com with your applications, and to build new applications that work with salesforce.com. To get started, download a WSDL file to a place accessible to your development environment.

     

    Thanks

  • Aditya

    Member
    February 14, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    WSDL: Web Services Description Language is an XML Document which describe a web service.

    There is two type of WSDL

    1.Enterprise WSDL
    2.Partner WSDL

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