WSDL stands for Web Services Description Language. It is an XML dialect that was developed by the W3C to help people who develop enterprise services define what a service does and how a program can access, or consume, it.
For enterprise services, there are two kinds of WSDL available: back-end WSDL and WSDL from the Enterprise Services Repository (ESR).
The back-end WSDL requires access to backend systems, such as SAP ERP, and so requires that you explicitly log in to the ES Workplace. You need a separate login for this type of access to the ES Workplace. Anyone can browse the workplace (it's publicly available), but getting to the back-end WSDL requires additional credentials.
You'll need access to back-end WSDL if you want to test drive and consume enterprise services.
The ESR WSDL is available to anyone who is logged into SDN. The enterprise service pages in the ES wiki link to this WSDL directly.
The ESR WSDL contains all the information and fields for a service operation, so it's an important resource for evaluating enterprise services.
This page provides a brief tour of how to find WSDL in the ES Workplace, using the ES Wiki as your starting point.
|Learn More about Enterprise Services in the ES Workplace|
For much more detailed information about the ES Workplace, see How to Use the ES Workplace: efficient browsing and testdriving enterprise services.
First, go to an enterprise service page, like this one.
|Links from the ES Wiki to an enterprise service and WSDL in the ES Workplace|
Click on the link to the enterprise service and you'll see a page like this one.
|Enterprise service page in the ES Workplace|
Here you find the paths to the two types of WSDL.
To get to the back-end WSDL, click on the "WSDL (back-end)" link. If you are not logged in to the workplace, a login screen will appear.
To get to the publicly available WSDL, follow the link that says, "WSDL (ESR)"
|Publicly available WSDL for an enterprise service|
This concludes our WSDL tour of the ES Workplace.