Invoking a Web Service Without Web Reference

Introduction

This article describes how to call a .NET Web Service without having to use the Visual Studio .NET 2005 IDE to set a Web Reference to the Web service.

Background

This is a fair enough requirement that you might come across in multiple scenarios. Here are some situations, that come to my mind, where this approach might come handy:

  • Loosely coupled integration in Application Service Provider Model – Application Service Provider Model is a model where a single web application can support users from multiple clients.
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