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From Dennis Sosnoski <>
Subject Re: REQ: modular, small footprint, client side only SOAP Java impl? [Re: Apache.WebServices.Next?]
Date Thu, 30 Oct 2003 19:47:38 GMT
Hi Alek,

I've been working on something similar based on my JiBX data binding 
framework ( The idea is to both reduce the size and 
increase the speed of operation over a generalized framework such as 
AXIS, since many applications don't appear to need the generality - they 
just want something that can be used for *their* Web services. In tests 
so far it looks like this type of approach will give major performance 

I'll try to take this further within the next couple of weeks and 
release some code for people to try. Initially it'll require 
hand-generated WSDL, but I'm hoping to add support for generating WSDL 
from the mapping file and Java classes in the longer term.

  - Dennis

Dennis M. Sosnoski
Enterprise Java, XML, and Web Services Support -
JiBX Lead Developer -
Redmond, WA  425.885.7197

Aleksander Slominski wrote:

>replying to Dims' "Apache.WebServices.Next" post i would like to look on 
>more fundamental question concerning Apache WS modularity: i am 
>interested to find out if there is any interest in very modular, low 
>footprint, Java SOAP implementation that is based around XML Infoset 
>object model with XPath support.
>in AXIS requirements ( 
>there is identified need for "*A single SUPER TINY .jar file must be 
>enough for a client to communicate via SOAP*" but based on my recent 
>(and limited!) experience with extracting functionality from AXIS this 
>is very very difficult to do due to monolithic source tree (i do not 
>mind to be proven wrong!).
>i also think that on client side what is really required is just HTTP 
>and doc/literal support, in other words to allow direct manipulation of 
>XML, and there is no real need for sophisticated 
>serialization/deserialization infrastructure.
>i am very interested to learn about open source Java SOAP 
>implementations that are in such space (modular, small footprint, client 
>side only SOAP Java).
>as proof of concept i have built Web XML Services Utility Library that 
>currently has following modules:
>* common (no dependencies except for XML pull parsing API - currently 
>uses XPP3/XB1 for XML Infoset API)
>* http_client (depends on common)
>- provides basic HTTP 1.x client side support with simple HTTP 
>connection manager
>* http_server (depends on common)
>- provide basic HTTP 1.x server side support with simplified 
>Servlet-like API
>* invoker (depends on http_client)
>- allows simple invocation of service by sending XML on top of HTTP
>* processor (depends on http_server)
>- provides basic support for processing incoming XML over HTTP
>* dsig_globus (depends on common and security jar file from lib/dsig*)
>- provides XML digital signature and limited WS SEC support using Globus 
>Toolkit 3 grid proxy certificates
>(later: SOAP 1.1 Section 4 encoding (de)serialization support, small 
>footprint WSDL, dynamic invocations using WSDL, WS-RM, and other modules)
>client footprint for common + http_client + invoker is currently 40K jar 
>(+ 70K for XPP3).
>the previous version of this client side library is used in Xydra - An 
>automatic form generator for Web Services 
>( and was tested for last few 
>months so i am thinking about releasing it if there is enough interest. 
>to give you idea how it works here is small code snippet (interfaces 
>XmlElement, XmlDocument directly model XML Infoset Element and Document 
>Information Items and are implemented by XPP3/XB1):
>//construct XML
>XmlPullBuilder builder = XmlPullBuilder.newInstance();
>XmlElement request = builder.parseFragmentFromReader(
>new StringReader("<getNode><path>hello</path></getNode>"));
>// create XML service invoker
>HttpDynamicInfosetInvoker invoker = new HttpDynamicInfosetInvoker();
>// do actual invocation by wrapping message in SOAP 1.1 Envelope and 
>sending it over HTTP
>XmlDocument response = invoker.invokeSoap11(request);
>String r = builder.serializeToString(response);
>System.out.println("got back "+r);
>so let me know about other open source Java SOAP implementations that 
>are very modular and/or have good client side and i would like to hear 
>if there is need for such library (i noticed some interest in axis-dev 
>mailing list archives but i could not find any references to open source 
>toolkit only mentioned were GLUE and Wingfoot both not under Apache-like 
>Davanum Srinivas wrote:
>>Please review the latest proposals that we are working on. We can have a VOTE next
week to start
>>the ball rolling for the following. As usual, feel free to sign up for anything you
are interested
>>#1: WS-FX - umbrella for WS-* specification implementation
>>#2: WSS4J - WS-Security Implementation under WS-FX
>>#3: SANDESHA - WS-Reliability Implementation under WS-FX
>>Davanum Srinivas -

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