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From dee...@apache.org
Subject [ANN]Axis2 1.3 Released
Date Tue, 14 Aug 2007 05:56:56 GMT
Just over 4 months since the original 1.2 release, we are very proud to announce the release
of Apache Axis2 version 1.3.

Downloads are available at:

Apache Axis2 is a complete re-design and re-write of the widely used Apache Axis engine and
is a more efficient, more scalable, more modular
and more XML-oriented Web services framework. It is carefully designed to support the easy
addition of plug-in "modules" that extend its
functionality for features such as security and reliability.

Modules supporting WS-Security/Secure-Conversation (Apache Rampart), WS-Trust (Apache Rahas),
WS-Reliable Messaging (Apache Sandesha) and
WS-Eventing (Apache Savan) will be available soon after the Apache Axis2 1.3 release. Please
see these projects' own sites for further information.

Major Changes Since 1.2:
- Moved to maven2 from maven1
- Significantly improved documentation
- Significantly improved support for POJO services and clients
- Significantly improved Deployment module and custom deployers
- Significantly improved support for Spring services
- Significantly improved Axis Data Binding (ADB) to increase schema
  coverage and overall stability
- Improved handler and module interfaces
- Improved Eclipse and Idea plugins
- Fixed tons of small and not-so-small bugs
- Major code cleanup and improved exception handling
- All the asynchronous MessageReceivers have been deprecated
- Deprecating the introspection to find init()/destroy() methods on service classes.
- Deprecated the Callback interface [http://wiki.apache.org/ws/FrontPage/Axis2/changesfrom1.2to1.3]
- Added a new phase called "Addressing" and moved all the addressing handlers into that phase
- Name of the wsdl2java generated Exception classes changed.
  Earlier it had the Exception suffix and from Axis2 1.3 it has been removed
- Interface changed in ADB Datasource class
- Classpath module loading support

Known Issues and Limitations in 1.3 Release:
 - Java2WSDL and runtime WSDL generation only support doc-lit/bare and doc-lit/wrapped
 - Custom deployers only work in file system based repository.
 - POJO does not support HasMap , Hastable and Vectors.

Apache Axis2 1.3 is a major new release compared to Axis2 1.2. We are
striving for a simple and happy first time user experience as well as a
satisfying experienced user experience with this release. We welcome any
and all feedback at:
    axis-user@ws.apache.org (please include "[axis2]" in the subject)
    axis-dev@ws.apache.org (please include "[axis2]" in the subject)

Thank you for your interest in Apache Axis2!

The Axis2 Development Team


Features of Apache Axis2:

Programming Model
   - Simple XML-centric client API with full WSDL and policy support
   - Support for easy deployemnt of POJO with or without annotation
   - Support for Spring services and clients
   - Support for any message exchange pattern (MEP)
   - Synchronous and asynchronous programming model (both in client side and server side)
   - Archived based service deployment model supporting full service
   - Directory based service deployment support
   - Archived module deployment model supporting controlled
     extensibility with versioning support
   - Hot deployment and Hot update suport for services
   - WS-Policy driven code generation extensions
   - Flexible service life cycle model and session managment
   - Automatic support for POX (REST) style invocation of services
   - Support for querying service's WSDL (with ?wsdl), schema (with
     ?xsd) and policies (with ?policy)
   - Java2WSDL support for both doclit/bare and doclit/wrapped
   - Support for custom deployers
   - Classpath module loading support

Supported Specifications
   - SOAP 1.1 and 1.2
   - Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism (MTOM)
   - XML Optimized Packaging (XOP)
   - SOAP with Attachments
   - WSDL 1.1 and WSDL 2.0, including both SOAP and HTTP bindings
   - WS-Addressing submission and 1.0
   - WS-Policy
   - SAAJ 1.1

   - SMTP
   - JMS
   - TCP

Supported Data Bindings
   - Axis Data Binding (ADB)
   - XMLBeans
   - JibX
   - JaxMe (Experimental)
   - JaxBRI (Experimental)

   - WSDL2Java: Generate Java stubs and skeletons from a WSDL document.
   - Java2WSDL: Generate a WSDL document from a Java class.
   - Eclipse Plugins
   - IntelliJ Idea Plugins
   - Maven2 Plugins
   - Web application for administering Apache Axis2

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