In C#, in Visual Studio Debugger, if you are about to send a message to a service but you want to see what you're about to send, do this:
System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer s = new System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer(message.GetType()); s.Serialize(new System.IO.FileStream("c:\\temp\\OutgoingMessage.xml",System.IO.FileMode.Create), message)
Cut and paste it one full command (ie to the semicolon) at a time into the immediate window, and replace
message with your actual variable.
Similarly for the return message:
result= serviceProxy.MyServiceMethod(message); System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer s2 = new System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer(result.GetType()); s2.Serialize(new System.IO.FileStream("c:\\temp\\Result.xml", System.IO.FileMode.Create), result)
It's a quick hack for when you're in the middle of a debugging session - note it doesn't close the file properly - but great for when you've been caught on the hoof. If you do this regularly, you're better off using a developer's proxy like fiddler2 and using that to inspect messages.