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I designed and wrote the original version of the docs for the Yahoo!
Advertising web services, which
are SOAP driven. I don't know if it's a "great" example but I was
pretty proud of it at the time. It's
grown significantly since I worked on it (and SOAP is pretty
complicated to begin with), but the core structure that I created is
still here and still works well, IMHO.
The Yahoo! Mail web service is also SOAP-based, but uses a totally
design and structure (which I had nothing to do with and which is much
less user-friendly, IMHO).
I include it here for comparison purposes:
You might also want to look at Flickr's API, which uses a single set
of documentation for both REST and SOAP, and also has a dynamic online
API explorer which is totally teh hotness. (I was desperate to do an
API explorer for other Yahoo services while I was in the dev network
there but never had the time -- too busy writing advertising
Good luck! Web services are tons of fun. (I no longer work for
On Mar 23, 2010, at 8:24 AM, Paul Pehrson wrote:
> I've been asked to document some REST and SOAP services (APIs that
> we are
> creating), and I'm wondering if any of you know of a good example of
> SOAP documentation that I can model. I found Twitter to be a very
> example of documenting a REST service, but I have yet to find a great
> example that I can model for a SOAP service.
> If you can point me in the right direction, I'd be grateful!
> Paul Pehrson
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