Implementing FedEx Web Services
Before you begin your implementation of FedEx Web Services, make note of the following guidelines:
- FedEx Web Services are designed for use by skilled developers who are familiar with the communication standards SOAP and Web Services Description Language (WSDL).
- Unlike traditional client/server models, such as a web server or web page system, web services do not provide the user with a graphical user interface (GUI). Instead, web services share business logic, data, and processes through a programmatic interface across a network.
- To perform a particular FedEx task such as tracking a package, you need to use a class, module, or function that creates your request, sends it to the FedEx platform, and handles the response.
- FedEx Web Services are designed to support any operating system and coding language. Downloadable sample code is available in Java, C#, VB, .Net, and PHP languages from the FedEx Developer Resource Center Technical Resources.
- Transactions submitted to FedEx using FedEx Web Services are required to have a minimum of 128-bit encryption to complete the request.