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From Glen Daniels <>
Subject RE: Beta3: Problem with change in MsgProvider and FullMessageServ ice
Date Mon, 19 Aug 2002 23:20:40 GMT

Hi Alex:

If you look at the comment in the code, it says essentially - something that takes a MessageContext
in is basically a Handler, so why not just use Handlers (and provider="handler").  So instead
of something that looks like:

    public Document method(MessageContext msgContext);

you can have a class which extends BasicHandler and implements:

    public void invoke(MessageContext msgContext);

To return a Document in the body, you'd...

        SOAPEnvelope env = msgContext.getRequestMessage().getSOAPEnvelope();
        Element resultBody;  // fill this in at some point

        SOAPEnvelope reply = new SOAPEnvelope();
        SOAPBodyElement body = new SOAPBodyElement(resultBody);
        Message replyMsg = new Message(reply);

It's a tiny bit more work, but keeps similar patterns together, instead of mixing them.  The
stuff dealt with by the MsgProvider is all DOM/SOAP classes, and the stuff dealt with by Handlers
is MessageContexts.

Note that if you don't need all the stuff in the MessageContext, I'm planning to make one
more change (as indicated in the comment) to remove the MessageContext call from MsgProvider
entirely, and replace it with a call to a method that looks like:

    public SOAPEnvelope method(SOAPEnvelope request)

Then you could just take and return a SOAPEnvelope.  Sound reasonable to you?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Volanis, Alexander []
> Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 5:49 PM
> To: ''
> Subject: Beta3: Problem with change in MsgProvider and
> FullMessageService
> Hi everyone,
> I have a service implemented as a "FullMessageService". It 
> worked with Axis
> Beta until about nightly build 7-26-2002. A change in the way 
> MsgProvider
> calls a service defined with the "FullMessageService" attribute is
> preventing me from getting anything out of my service. 
> Nightly 7-26 had this
> piece of code to process the request at the bottom of the 
>         // !!! WANT TO MAKE THIS SAX-CAPABLE AS WELL.  Some 
> people will
>         //     want DOM, but our examples should mostly lean 
> towards the
>         //     SAX side of things....
>         Document retDoc = (Document) method.invoke( obj, argObjects );
>         if ( retDoc != null ) {
>             SOAPBodyElement el = new
> SOAPBodyElement(retDoc.getDocumentElement());
>             resEnv.addBodyElement(el);
> The latest nightly has instead this code:
>             argObjects[0] = msgContext ;
>             method.invoke(obj, argObjects);
> which completely ignores the return value of the invocation. 
> How can I get
> this functionality back? I liked the fact that I could get 
> the msgContext
> into my service and deal with the SOAPEnvelope myself. Do I 
> have to work
> with the MessageContext to build the response message instead 
> of returning
> anything from my method?
> The signature of the function invoked is : 
> org.w3c.dom.Document 
> requestMethod(org.apache.axis.MessageContext msg);
> Thank you in advance for your time,
> Alex Volanis 
> Consulting Engineer 
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