SOAPScope Scrubs Up Web Services


In the world of Web services, SOAP's human-readable interactions are easy to create and debug. But to take advantage of that, you must first find a tool capable of capturing network traffic and another capable of analyzing it.

Mindreef's SOAPscope 3.0 does an excellent job at both tasks. In its most basic use, SOAPscope provides a convenient way to view SOAP messages both sent and received. With that information, developers can test and debug Web services to quickly find any potential problems.

I was originally going to do this as a preview and then come back to it later for a full review, but SOAPScope was such an easy product to use, that I just went ahead and did the full review.

At the most fundamental level, SOAPScope let's you monitor and manipulate SOAP traffic. There are plenty of products that do that, some of them are even free. What I loved about SOAPScope was the pseudocode presentation of SOAP and WSDL. Much easier to read than the XML-based syntax and, as a consequence, I think easier to get right, easier to debug, and easier to change. If they only had a Mac version, I'd be using it all the time.