What Is Axis2
This section describes the popular open source Web service framework developed by Apache, Axis2, with 2 implementations Axis2/Java and Axis2/C.
What is Axis2?
Axis2 is an open source Web service framework developed by Apache Software Foundation.
Implementations of Axis2 are available in Java and C.
Compare to Axis1, Axis2 is more flexible, more efficient and more configurable.
wikipedia.org gives this list of features for Axis2:
- Speed - Axis2 uses its own object model and StAX (Streaming API for XML) parsing to achieve significantly greater speed than earlier versions of Apache Axis.
- Low memory foot print- Axis2 was designed ground-up keeping low memory foot print in mind.
- AXIOM - Axis2 comes with its own light-weight object model, AXIOM, for message processing which is extensible, highly performant and is developer convenient.
- Hot Deployment - Axis2 is equipped with the capability of deploying Web services and handlers while the system is up and running. In other words, new services can be added to the system without having to shut down the server. Simply drop the required Web service archive into the services directory in the repository, and the deployment model will automatically deploy the service and make it available for use.
- Asynchronous Web services - Axis2 now supports asynchronous Web services and asynchronous Web services invocation using non-blocking clients and transports.
- MEP Support - Axis2 now comes handy with the flexibility to support Message Exchange Patterns (MEPs) with in-built support for basic MEPs defined in WSDL 2.0.
- Flexibility - The Axis2 architecture gives the developer complete freedom to insert extensions into the engine for custom header processing, system management, and anything else you can imagine.
- Stability - Axis2 defines a set of published interfaces which change relatively slowly compared to the rest of Axis.
- Component-oriented Deployment - You can easily define reusable networks of Handlers to implement common patterns of processing for your applications, or to distribute to partners.
- Transport Framework - We have a clean and simple abstraction for integrating and using Transports (i.e., senders and listeners for SOAP over various protocols such as SMTP, FTP, message-oriented middleware, etc), and the core of the engine is completely transport-independent.
- WSDL support - Axis2 supports the Web Service Description Language, version 1.1 and 2.0 , which allows you to easily build stubs to access remote services, and also to automatically export machine-readable descriptions of your deployed services from Axis2.
- Add-ons - Several Web services specifications have been incorporated including WSS4J for security (Apache Rampart), Sandesha for reliable messaging, Kandula which is an encapsulation of WS-Coordination, WS-AtomicTransaction and WS-BusinessActivity.
- Composition and Extensibility - Modules and phases improve support for composability and extensibility. Modules support composability and can also support new WS-* specifications in a simple and clean manner. They are however not hot deployable as they change the overall behavior of the system.
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About This Book
Introduction to WSDL 2.0
WSDL 2.0 Document Structure and Syntax
WSDL Version 2.0 Part 2: Adjuncts
WSDL 2.0 Document Examples with SOAP Binding
►Using WSDL Document in Java Apache Axis2/Java for WSDL
►What Is Axis2
Downloading and Installing Axis2/Java
Creating Service Client with WSDL Document
WSDL2Java Converting WSDL 2.0 Documents to Stub Classes
Apache Woden for WSDL Documents in Java
SoapUI - Web Service Testing Tool
PHP SOAP Extension for WSDL
Perl SOAP::Lite for WSDL
Introduction to WSDL 1.1
WSDL 1.1 Document Structure and Syntax
WSDL 1.1 Binding Extension for SOAP 1.1
SoapUI as WSDL 1.1 Testing Tool
WSDL 1.1 and SOAP 1.1 Examples - Document and RPC Styles
PHP SOAP Extension for WSDL 1.1
Perl SOAP::Lite for WSDL 1.1
Apache Axis2/Java for WSDL 1.1
Using WSDL2Java to Generate Web Service Stub Classes
WSDL 1.1 Binding Extension for SOAP 1.2
WSDL 1.1 and SOAP 1.2 Examples - Document and RPC Styles
SOAP 1.2 Binding - PHP, Java and Perl Clients
WSDL Related Terminologies
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