Creating A Really Simple Web Service For Popfly Consumption

I created a really basic web service that performs an IP geolocation based on the database at All it does is construct and hydrate a serializable object with string properties based on the IP you pass to it. Be careful because I was pretty lax on error handling this time around (I'm an academic DE, after all... 🙂 )

When I tried consuming it via GET in Popfly (using environment.getXml(...), I tried navigating to my service in a browser. I kept getting access / 404 type errors while trying various combinations of the webservice URL. I then remembered from another blog post on that you have to add HttpGet as a handler in the service's web.config as shown under <system.web>:



            <add name="HttpGet"/>



Now you can access the IP geolocation service (which I called Locust) either directly via a web reference at or via an HTTP GET (like you'd do in a Popfly block):

The resulting Popfly mashup can be found here. It sticks a pushpin in Live Maps indicating where the IP comes from.




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