Using Zend_Soap Server and Autodiscover in a Controller

I am in a dilemma. I have condemned the usage of Zend_Soap_Server (or any other webservice server handler) inside a Model-View-Controller application before. Still I get questions about my old Zend_Soap_Server and Zend_Soap_AutoDiscover example not working in the MVC scenario. The following example provides you with a working Soap server inside a Zend_Controller_Action, although I discourage the use of it and would suggest using a dedicated script outside the dispatching process to gain multitudes of performance, which webservices often require.

require_once "/path/to/HelloWorldService.php";

class MyDiscouragedSoapServerController extends Zend_Controller_Action
{
    public function serverAction()
    {
        $server = new Zend_Soap_Server("http://example.com/pathto/wsdl");
        $server->setClass('HelloWorldService');
        $server->handle();
    }

    public function wsdlAction()
    {
        $wsdl = new Zend_Soap_AutoDiscover();
        $wsdl->setUri('http://example.com/pathto/server');
        $wsdl->setClass('HelloWorldService');
        $wsdl->handle();
    }
}

Now all you have to do is create two routes, one that makes http://example.com/pathto/server point to MyDiscouragedSoapServerController::serverAction and the other route that makes http://example.com/pathto/wsdl point to MyDiscouragedSoapServerController::wsdlAction. The wrong version (Version Mismatch) error comes from sending a request for the WSDL file to the actual Soap Server, which he doesn’t like.

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