Describes the methods provided for generating client applications for each service interface type, including Web services, .NET interfaces, and Java interfaces, and for generating clients directly from a WSDL file or JSON schema.
You can generate client applications either from the Visual Studio IDE or by executing the
- Generate from Visual Studio
- You can generate client applications from a service interface (.svi) file, a WSDL or JSON schema file in a Visual Studio project, or from a standalone WSDL or JSON schema file. All of the following
methods generate a COBOL console client application plus other applicable client applications as selected on the Service Interface
- Service interface (.svi) file
- If you have used the Interface Mapper to create a service interface in Visual Studio, you can generate one or more clients
from the service interface file in the project. By default,
Visual COBOL generates a COBOL console client for all but Java interfaces. Various additional types of clients can also be generated depending
on the type of service interface:
- WPF Application
- Generate Windows Presentation Foundation clients for Web service interfaces.
- Windows Forms Application
- Generate Windows Forms clients for Web service interfaces.
- ASP.NET Web Site
- Generate ASP.NET Web sites for .NET interfaces.
- JSP Application
- Generate a JSP client application from Java interface service interface types.
The generation of a JSP client application for a Java interface is automatic. However, to generate additional client types
for a Web service or a .NET interface, you must specify the additional client types in your client generation options. For
more information, see
To set client generation options. For instructions on generating clients from a service interface file, see
To generate client applications from a service interface file.
- WSDL file or JSON schema file(s) in a project
- This method of generating a Web service client is similar to generating a Web service from a WSDL file or JSON schema file(s)
in that you use the same Generate Web Service dialog box, but specify client generation instead of service generation. Using
this method, client applications are generated as projects in the current solution. See
To generate a client application from WSDL or JSON for instructions.
- Standalone WSDL file or JSON schema file
- Starting from a standalone WSDL file or JSON schema file, you can generate a Web service client application by creating a
new Visual Studio project using the
Web Service Client Application from WSDL/JSON template. This type of project contains just the generated client application. See
To generate a Web service client application project from WSDL or JSON for instructions.
- Generate from the
- This method is fully documented in the
imtkmake command topic.