So I have a couple of weeks to write an application that will
integrate with a soap based web service.  Unfortunately I have some
challenges and very little experience with soap, although I can
probably figure things out ok once I decide which platform I'm going
to use, which is where  I'm at now.  Also, I'd much prefer to do this
in linux/bsd if I can, with windows as a last option.

First I tried using wsdl2ruby on the supplied wsdl file which didn't
work.  Not surprising, but that means if I use soap4r I'm going to
have to do everything from scratch, and I'm really not sure what that
all entails.  One other thing, the soap client has to support cookies,
as the server uses 3 cookies for session management once
authentication is done.  I saw one http-access2 comment about using
cookies on the net, but that was it.

Then I took a look at using .net.  There is rubyclr which appears to
work only on windows and not with mono.  Ironpython which doesn't have
most of the standard python library, and python.net which works fine
on windows but has issues on linux with mono.

Finally I'm looking at jruby and using it with something like apache
axis, which the webservice vendor say's is known to work.  I've pretty
much ruled this one out as I'm not a java guru and I really hate using
those bloated apache frameworks.

And I also took a look at soaplite in perl.  Not a bad option IMO and
it's around second on my list right now after soap4r.

Any comments or suggestions?