I am currently working on a Web Service using php, xml, and soap. I was given the Endpoint as well as the WSDL.
I am new to web services, but as I understand it, the WSDL formats the data that is sent over to it into a valid XML format so the Endpoint can process it.
However, since I know how the XML is supposed to be format, it would be easier for me to directly extract the data from the database and create the XML without the WSDL. Does the WSDL do anything else that I am not aware of?
After I get the valid XML, what do I do with it? Do I create a SOAP client and send it over to the endpoint? If so, how?
Any other additional information that may help me would be appreciated.
Thank you for your time.