UFT API How to Dynamically Get and Set a WebService EndPoint

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One of the more common questions I'm asked is “how do I set or get the current WSDL's endpoint using custom code?” Unfortunately, HP doesn't currently have a UFT API document that describes all the methods and properties for all of the UFT API classes/objects.

In truth it's pretty easy, but to actually determine which method to use can be a real time-consuming, hit-or-miss process. So to save some time, you can set or get the web service's Endpoint address (and for that matter, any of the General properties) in custom code or in an event using:

this.StServiceCallActivity5.TransportProtocol.SOAPProperties

FYI- your StServiceCallActivity number might be different than mine.

How to read the UFT API EndPoint value at runtime

For this example, I'm using the WSDL http://www.webservicex.net/geoipservice.asmx?WSDL
and the GetGeoIP operation. In the GetGeoIP's Properties>Events I created a custom handler under the OnBeforeExecuteStepEvent. To quickly test this out, I added a using System.Windows.Forms; under my using statements, then entered the following:

string wsdl = this.StServiceCallActivity4.TransportProtocol.SOAPProperties.EndpointAddress;
System.Windows.Forms.MessageBox.Show(wsdl);

How to Programmatically Set the UFT API EndPoint Value

Using the same EndpointAddress method, you can also programmatically set the endpoint by doing the following:

this.StServiceCallActivity7.TransportProtocol.SOAPProperties.EndpointAddress = “http://joe”;

Of course, the test will fail if you run it because this is not a real endpoint for the web service — but it will quickly prove to you that the endpoint is changed at runtime.

Now, in the real world, you can read endpoints from a file, spreadsheet, or in custom code and set your WSDL endpoint. Cool โ€“ hope it helps.

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