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.NET Patterns: Architecture, Design, and Process by Christian Thilmany

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Technology Backgrounder—SOAP Faults

As with all SOAP messages, the content of the message is included in the body and is processed on the server. In this case, the server is a Web service method. The body element contains the information necessary to invoke a Web service and will also be used to return any values upon successful completion of the business function. However, if any error were to occur, the body can also be used to return errant information in the form of SOAP Faults. The SOAP Fault element is used to carry this error and/or status information back to the calling client from within the SOAP message. If an error occurs, the SOAP Fault element should appear just like any other body element entry and should not appear more than once. ...

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