What about wrapping my stored procedures as Web services?
Earlier in this article, I mentioned that you could wrap Web services around stored procedures or SQL statements. In DB2 9.5 and IBM Data Studio Part 10: Building Stored Procedures I showed you how to create and deploy a stored procedure using the FEMALEPERSONNEL SQL statement built earlier in this series. The method by which you build and deploy a Web service that wraps a stored procedure is the same as shown earlier in this article for an SQL statement; the obvious difference is that you drag a stored procedure instead of an SQL statement.
If you completed all the steps in Part 10, when you expand the SAMPLE database in the Database Explorer view, the Stored Procedures folder should include the SP_FEMALEPERSONNEL stored procedure:
If you want to expose the SP_FEMALEPERSONNEL stored procedure through a Web service, just drag the stored procedure to the same folder you used for the SQL statement in Step 3 of this article. In this case, since you are working with a routine that has been deployed to a data server, expand that data servers connection object and locate the stored procedure in the Stored Procedures folder within the Data Project Explorer view:
To add this stored procedure to your Web service, you would simply drag the stored procedure to the SOA_FEMALEPERSONNEL folder, and then build and deploy the Web service in the same manner (and using the same options) as you did in Step 7.
Upon the successful redeployment of the Web service, you can now see that both the SQL statement and the stored procedure (which return the same result) are now part of the Web service and part of the Web Services Explorer:
You can see that the Navigator pane in the Web Services Explorer now includes the SP_FEMALEPERSONNEL stored procedure. If you wanted to test the Web service invocation of the stored procedure, you would simply follow the instructions in Step 8.
Wrapping it all up
In this article, I showed you how to take the FEMALEPERSONNEL SQL statement that you built earlier in this series and turn it into a Web service using mere clicks of a button. Did you notice that you didnt have to write a single line of code? In my opinion, IBM Data Web Services is truly unique in its capability and ease of use when trying to pursue a service-oriented architecture development paradigm.
I only showed you the most basic way to test a single (SOAP) invocation of your newly created Web service. In the next parts of this series, Im going to take you through the different test clients provided by IBM Data Studio for you to test your Web services, and explain how to test a RESTful invocation of your Web service directly using a Web browser.
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