Efficient encodings for web service messages

Christian Werner, Carsten Buschmann, Stefan Fischer


A major drawback of using SOAP for application integration is its enormous demand for network bandwidth. Compared to classical approaches like Java-RMI and Corba, SOAP messages typically cause more than three times more network traffic. In this chapter we will explore compression strategies and give a detailed survey and evaluation of state-of-the-art binary encoding techniques for SOAP. We also introduce a new experimental concept for SOAP compression based on differential encoding, which makes use of the commonly available WSDL description of a SOAP Web service. We not only conduct a detailed evaluation of compression effectiveness, but also provide the results of execution time measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWeb Services Research and Practices
Number of pages22
PublisherIGI Global
Publication date01.12.2008
ISBN (Print)9781599049045
ISBN (Electronic)9781616927257
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2008


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