- Socket Level Testing Program

This section provides a tutorial example on how to write a Perl program using socket interface to send a request and receive a response.

Since most Web services are based on the TCP socket communication, it is very important to have a socket level testing program ready to troubleshoot your Web service applications.

So I wrote this simple socket program,, that can be used to send a request message and receive the response message to a remote TCP based server.

#- Copyright (c) 2009 by Dr. Herong Yang,
#- All rights reserved
   use Socket;
   ($host, $port, $in, $out) =  @ARGV;

#- Reading the request
   open(IN, "< $in");
   read(IN, $req, (-s $in));

#- Connecting
   connect(SOCK, sockaddr_in($port, inet_aton($host)));
   select(SOCK); $| = 1; select(STDOUT);

#- Sending the request
   print SOCK $req;

#- Receiving the response
   open(OUT, "> $out");
   while ($line=<SOCK>) {
      print OUT $line;

#- Closing connection

To try my socket testing program, I prepared this request message in a file, http_get.req, that can be used to send to any Web server:

GET / HTTP/1.0

Note that my request has 2 new line (\n) characters at the end. The first \n terminates the GET command. The second \n terminates the HTTP request header section.

Let's try it with first:

\herong> 80 http_get.req

\herong>type http_get.res
HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Date: ... 2009
Cache-Control: private
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8

<html><body>The document has moved 
<a href=''>here</a>.</body></html>
<!-- uncompressed Fri ... -->

My socket testing program works! But seems to be not happy about my simple HTTP request. It expects a higher version of HTTP protocol, HTTP 1.1.

Last update: 2009.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Web Service

 Introduction to SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)

 SOAP Message Structure

 SOAP Message Transmission and Processing

 SOAP Data Model

 SOAP Encoding

 SOAP RPC Presentation

 SOAP Properties Model

 SOAP Message Exchange Patterns

 SOAP HTTP Binding

 SOAP Perl Implementations

 SOAP PHP Implementations

 SOAP Java Implementations

 Perl SOAP::Lite - SOAP Server-Client Communication Module

Perl Socket Test Program for HTTP and SOAP - Socket Level Testing Program

 Examples of HTTP 1.0 Requests and Responses

 Examples of HTTP 1.1 Requests and Responses

 SOAP 1.1 Request - Content-Length Too Small

 SOAP 1.1 Request - Content-Length Too Large

 SOAP 1.1 Request and Response of GetSpeech

 SOAP 1.2 Request and Response of GetSpeech

 Perl SOAP::Lite for GetSpeech SOAP 1.1 Web Service

 Perl SOAP::Lite 0.710 for SOAP 1.2 Web Services

 Perl SOAP::Lite 0.710 for WSDL

 PHP SOAP Extension Client Programs

 PHP SOAP Extension Server Programs

 Java Socket and HttpURLConnection for SOAP

 SAAJ - SOAP with Attachments API for Java

 SoapUI - SOAP Web Service Testing Tool

 WS-Security - SOAP Message Security Extension

 WS-Security X.509 Certificate Token

 Web Services and SOAP Terminology


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