ProtocolImporter Class

Provides common functionality across communication protocols for generating classes for Web services.

Namespace: System.Web.Services.Description
Assembly: System.Web.Services (in

public abstract class ProtocolImporter
public abstract class ProtocolImporter
public abstract class ProtocolImporter
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The abstract ProtocolImporter class and its concrete derived classes generate client proxy code or abstract server code according to a specified communication protocol. ProtocolImporter provides common functionality regardless of the protocol. Within a given protocol, a concrete derived class generates a class for each supported binding defined in a Web Services Description Language (WSDL) document. Typically, instead of directly invoking classes derived from ProtocolImporter, a developer uses these classes indirectly through the ServiceDescriptionImporter class.


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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