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From Amila Suriarachchi <>
Subject Re: Making JAX-WS services configurable (with a services.xml or Axis2 specific annotations)
Date Tue, 09 Mar 2010 04:53:49 GMT
On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 5:39 PM, Andreas Veithen

> I also created a proof-of-concept [1] that shows the feasibility of
> the services.xml based approach that I suggested in AXIS2-4611. It
> implements a custom deployer that is based on ServiceDeployer, but
> replaces the code that builds the initial AxisService object from the
> WSDL by code that uses
> org.apache.axis2.jaxws.description.DescriptionFactory. Of course this
> introduces massive code duplication and is thus only valid as a
> proof-of-concept.

Apart from this I think when we introduce a new deployer then we need to
have a different folder to
deploy files and a different extension.

> To do this properly, it would be necessary to modify
> ServiceDeployer to create some sort of extension point that allows
> JAX-WS to supply the initial AxisService description.

I think your intention here is to let users to deploy JAX-WS services as aar
files which already
have the service.xml. IMHO we need to add service.xml support to JAX-WS
services. ie. jaxws jar files can have an optional service.xml file in the

AFAIK(please correct me if I wrong :)), at the initial statges Axis2 does
not have the concept of custom deployers. So at that time (time when JAX-WS
started) every thing deployed as .aar files. But latter there were problems
with JAX-WS support in aar files and introduced thin new custom deployer
concept to address this issue. Therefore adding JAX-WS support to .aar files
may not be the best approach.

These are the options I can think of adding axis2 specific custermizations
to JAX-WS.

1. Support optional services.xml file in META-INF
         Services.xml file is a too generic file. So people may confuse with
some options with services.xml file.
2. Introduce new optional config file in META-INF (eg axis2-jaxws.xml)
          May have to duplicate some exising code in ServiceBuilder
3. Introduce axis2 specific anotations to JAX-WS
           May have problems with writting annotations to set the security


> Andreas
> [1]
> On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 12:04, Isuru Suriarachchi <>
> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Andreas has already reported an issue [1] regarding the inability to
> > configure JAX-WS services. That is because we've removed support for a
> > services.xml. But there are many use cases where the user should be able
> to
> > configure the service according to his requirements. Following are some
> of
> > the very common examples.
> >
> > [1] Ability to deploy JAX-WS services in different scopes (session,
> > application etc.)
> > [2] Ability to set ServiceTCCL
> > [3] Ability to specify service parameters
> >
> > In order to support these use cases, we have to support service
> > customizations somehow. If allowing a services.xml file is not a proper
> > solution, I think defining Axis2 specific annotations whould be a good
> > solution for this issue.
> >
> > WDYT?..
> >
> > Thanks,
> > ~Isuru
> >
> > [1]
> >
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Amila Suriarachchi
WSO2 Inc.

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