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Is that not the case? Does the end user need the WSDL
file at runtime as well?
Yes. This allows changes to be made to an existing WSDL description which
the clients can understand at runtime, thereby allowing for dynamic
This is just the kind of uncontrolled madness that led to DLL Hell. Once
finalized, I suggest that a given Web Service specification should remain
unchanged, like an RFC, as befits a contract (the name its proponents so
often give it). If changes in the signature or behavior should become
necessary, then change the name and maintain the older version until most
users have migrated to the new ones. Anything else is in responsible.