When consuming a service, the first thing you need to do is create a reference to the service. Since this can no longer be done in Microsoft Dynamics AX, we have to use Visual Studio. So, we'll do that, but first we'll examine the service we are going to consume.
To show you how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 enables developers to consume web services, we are going to use an example zip code service. This service is available on the website of RESTful web services.
What is a RESTful web service?
REST stands for Representational State Transfer and it represents a set of design principles by which web services are developed. For more details about REST, you can go to http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/webservices/library/ws-restful/.
You can find lots of other example services on the website of RESTful web services at http://www.restfulwebservices.net/servicecategory.aspx. When creating references to the services available there, always...