November 13, 2002

Sniffing SOAP

I met Mark Ericson from Mindreef last week, and during a Basic Profile working group meeting at the WS-I Plenary, he pointed out an interesting discovery he just made.

Mark was able to fire up the MindReef SOAP diagnostic tool (SOAPscope), and literaly "sniff" SOAP messages off the network using a form of TCP packet snuffer. As a coincidence, the wireless networking capabilities for the meeting were provided by the new wireless basestation hardware Microsoft has released fairly recently.
We were able to see SOAP messages being sent to the basestation to control and configure it, and these SOAP messages had namespace URIs containing words like "upnp".

Yep, Microsoft is now doing some Universal Plug and Play stuff using SOAP.

Of all the people in all the world, Microsoft really seem to be the ones that understand the full potential of this web services stuff!

Mark and the gang should be releasing the SOAPscope "real soon now" and carefully priced within the reach of every developer, but you can try out the current state of play by joining the MindReef Beta program.

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