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XML listener installed and running

We have Notes servers 6.51 installed on an IBM iSeries and Win2003. They run as Web servers, getting requests from partners Web servers -- people book trips on partners Web sites, their servers send HTTP requests to ours using URL extension like this: https://www.domain.de/BOOK.NSF/BookEntry?OpenForm&AGENT=523945&BEGIN=20050801&END=20050815&PAX=4

Our Web server receives the request, puts the &...parameters into a document, then an agent runs and creates the answer. It has been running like hell for many years, it does thousands of transactions and earns around 40k$ per day.

Some partners want to use an XML post to send the requests to our servers. I found out that something called "XML listener" must wait on a Web server for XML requests. But I found nothing about such an object for Notes Web servers.

Where should I look to get an XML listener installed and running?

As the release of Lotus Domino R7 is approaching, I would suggest that you take a look at one of the new design element types of R7: The Web Service.

This new Design element basically allows you to wrap existing LotusScript or Java agents in the Notes database with a Web Service interface.

Have a look at the article Lotus Notes/Domino 7 Web Services (http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/library/nd7-webservices/), which outlines what you can expect.

You can download the beta of R7 from www.notes.net and start developing your Web Service right now, and you will probably have it ready for production when R7 is released. I have the impression that Lotus is working hard on ensuring that the first release is a stable one.

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This was first published in February 2005

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