Transfer (own)ruby object over SOAP

Hello everyone,
after 2 days searching the web for a solution i get stuck.

I have a rails APP with a SOAP interface and a simply ruby client
e.g
I have a object CAR that has a name and 4 DOORS

CAR <-1:N-> DOOR

//structure looks something like this
class car {
id
name
}

class door{
id
car_id
}

now i want to transfer a instance of the object car over soap to the
client.
SOAP only supports , primary class types like string, int, float and
so on…right ?

now i was thinking about to do it with yaml or marshal, or xml i tried
it the last 2 days but it dint work

on the rails app i did

config_dump = SOAP::Marshal.dump(cars)

i did the transfer as a sting over soap

#on client side id did
cars_array = SOAP::Marshal.load(cars_marshal)

but now i have a stange SOAP::Mapping::Object on the client side, is
there a way to get a normal ruby object in this case CAR-object that i
can do for example

car.doors.each{|door|
puts door
}

thanks ahead

regard
Philipp
ICQ #32815376

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Hi,

If there’s no need for interoperability, you should use Marshal.

Philipp wrote:

can do for example
Above should work. Please make sure you define user defined classes
(Car and Door) on the client side. Marshal requires it, too.

Regards,
// NaHi

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Hello NaHi,
thanks, for you answer.

I m using SOAP and WSDL right now,
do u know it there is a trick, i dont want to define all the CLASSES
on the client or in the WSDL API struct , is there a opotunity to
(auto)generate a WSDL/CLASS config from the activerecords structur
which is on the server ?

i think it would be also much easier to maintain afterwards if u do
any extensions to on the server side…

thanks ahread

Philipp

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