In many articles and blogs we can see how to develop WebServices using JDK6's JAX-WS in-built support in just 5 minutes.
We can simply write a POJO and annotate it with @WebService, publish it with Endpoint.publish(...) and you can see the generated wsdl by pointing your browser to http://localhost:8080/JAXWS/helloService?wsdl. Immediately we can write a client and call helloPort.sayHello("siva") and you will get "Hello Siva!!!" response from your HelloWebService.
At first look it feels like developing web services is very simple using JDK6's in-built JAX-WS support.
With that confidence immediately I thought of writing a bit more complex WebService and deploy it on Tomcat.
As we can find number of articles on how to develop/deploy JAX-WS webservices on Tomcat Server, I started writing my next ABitComplexService and deployed on Tomcat and saw the generated WSDL file. Then I generated client stubs using wsimport and invoked webservice methods and it worked fine... :-)
Then I though of invoking the webservice from a simple web project and put the client code in a new Web web project and and call the web service.
Now the show begins :-)
Then I got an opportunity to know what is JDK's endorsed directory, how App Servers have their specific endrosed directories etc etc.
I got wierd errors like
Exception in thread "main" javax.xml.ws.soap.SOAPFaultException: javax.xml.ws.WebFault.messageName()Ljava/lang/String;
java.lang.ClassCastException: com.sun.xml.bind.v2.runtime.JAXBContextImpl cannot be cast to com.sun.xml.bind.api.JAXBRIContext
After struggling for sometime I copied jaxws-api.jar/jaxb-api.jar to endorsed directories and finally get it worked.
Now I wanted to make it a bit more complicated and thought of creating another WebService and deploy on JBoss Server and call it from the first WebService deployed on Tomcat.
Now I have:
1. MySecondWS webservice deployed on JBoss.
2. MyFirstWS webservice deployed on Tomcat. It is a Service Provider and Consumer(for MySecondWS) as well.
3. MyWebClient a Dynamic Web Project. Its a client for MyFirstWS.
Here as MyFirstWS webservice is a Service provider I have all the JAX-WS RI jars in WEB-INF/lib directory.
All set and I deployed all the Apps on their servers and hit the Submit button triggering MyFirstWS webservice call().
I got wierd errors like NullPointerExceptions, MetadataModelExceptions etc.
After some trials I have identified the pattern that if I invoke the client from a project which has JAXWS-RI jars in its classpath I am getting this error.
But I need to develop a WebService which is both Service Provider and Consumer...
For the Service Producer I need to have those Jars in my classpath and at the same time to be Service Consumer I shouldn't have those jars in my WEB-INF/lib.
So what to do? Yes, I know I need some more time to google and I can find a way how to do this as this is very common requirement.
But I feel like Developing Web Services using JDK6's JAX-WS in-build support is not as easy as Advertised(My opinion only).
Anyway this weekend I understood two things:
1. Developing (Real)WebServices with JAX-WS is not that simple as advertised in the Articles/Blogs.
2. You can easily waste your week-ends by entering into Java-Jar-Hell :-)