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Creating ABL Clients to Consume OpenEdge SOAP Web Services : Invoking OpenEdge SOAP Web Service Operations from ABL : Managing asynchronous requests

Managing asynchronous requests

As indicated previously, you can invoke Web service requests asynchronously from ABL. This means that you can invoke a Web service request in such a way that the result is handled independently of the mainline flow of execution. That is, ABL statements following the asynchronous request execute immediately and in order without waiting for the result of the asynchronous request to be available. Instead, the asynchronous request specifies an internal event procedure to handle the result when the result for that asynchronous request becomes available, which is signalled by the activation of a PROCEDURE-COMPLETE event.
When it is time to handle the PROCEDURE-COMPLETE event, the specified event procedure executes and manages any OUTPUT or INPUT-OUTPUT parameters that were passed to the asynchronous request when it was invoked. These parameters are returned as INPUT parameters to the event procedure, which can store the parameter values or otherwise process the result for use by the mainline program. The mainline program can periodically inspect an asynchronous request object handle (also available to the event procedure), which it sets during invocation of the request, in order to determine if the specified asynchronous request has completed. If the request has completed, the program can then make use of the results as provided by the internal event procedure that handled them.
The model for asynchronous Web service request invocation is very similar to the model for asynchronous remote procedure invocation on a session-free AppServer. This section describes the asynchronous Web service calling model, noting any differences from the asynchronous session-free AppServer calling model. For information on the model for invoking asynchronous requests on a session-free AppServer, see OpenEdge Application Server: Developing AppServer Applications.
Note: For certain features that support Web service requests in ABL (for example, error handling), the feature behavior might differ depending on whether the request is synchronous or asynchronous.
* Supported asynchronous Web service requests
* Order of completion
* Asynchronous request object handle
* Results handling