While I'm sure many of you have "moved on" to Visual Studio 2010, there are a large number of us still using 2008. Recently, my shop needed to write some code for interfacing with a vendor's web services. No problem, right? Well… not quite. It was quite an undertaking to get a functional wrapper class for our vendor's web service shoehorned into Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET 3.5 platform.
Enabling the WSE Settings GUI tool in VS2008
- First, download and install the WSE 3.0 for Microsoft .NET package from the following url: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=14089
- Now, change each instance of 8.0 to 9.0 in the
WSESettingsVS3.Addin file, which should be located here:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\MSEnvShared\Addins\WSESettingsVS3.Addin
- In Visual Studio, open the Tools » Options dialog.
- Be sure that the Show all settings checkbox is checked.
- In the Options dialog, select Environment » Add-in/Macros
Security and add the following path to the Add-in File Paths
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\MSEnvShared\Addins
- From the main Visual Studio interface, open the Tools » Add-in Manager dialog.
- Enable the WSE Settings Add-in.
- Restart Visual Studio.
- In your project, right-click the top-most node in the Solution Explorer window and select WSE Settings 3.0.
- Configure the WSE settings for your project—this will add the
necessary references and
- [OPTIONAL] If you will be using an authentication mechanism which relies on a UsernameToken, be sure to set up a UsernameToken ProviderSecurity Tokens Managers section of the Security tab of the WSE settings.
Generating a WSE proxy class from a WSDL list
- Download and install the .NET Framework 2.0 SDK (x86)—which is necessary for creating the WebClient-type proxy/wrapper class—from the following url: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=19988
- Use the
WseWsdl3.exetool with the
/type:webClientswitch to generate a WebClient-based proxy class for your web service:
"c:\Program Files\Microsoft WSE\v3.0\Tools\WseWsdl3.exe" /nologo /type:webClient /out:c:\ProjectFolder\MyWebService.cs http://addres.of/my/webservice?wsdl
- Add the generated
*.csfile to your project's
Note: You may use
WseWsdl3.exe without the .NET 2.0 SDK, but it
will only be able to generate SoapClient-based proxy classes (which
are difficult to integrate with a UsernameToken authentication
header). In this case, you may omit the
/type: flag altogether, as
SoapClient is the default proxy class type.