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JAX-WS Tools Project

Welcome to the JAX-WS Tools wiki. The JAX-WS Tools project is a member of the Web Tools Incubator. The goal of the project is to construct frameworks for the development of Eclipse-based tools for JAX-WS development of Web Services and to provide an example of how to use the frameworks.

The JAX-WS project code is based upon the rich framework set that is offered by the Web Tools Project and will extend it where necessary.

JAX-WS is a standardized set of extensions for Java to allow the construction of Java-based Web services using both POJO and WSDL interface approaches. It was developed to supersede the older JAX-RPC standard. See The JAX-WS FAQ for more details, or you can go the whole hog and download the JSR224 spec.

For our exemplar implementation, we're using Apache CXF, which is a top-notch implementation of the JAX-WS and other WS-* standards. There are other runtimes that support JAX-WS programming, such as Metro from SUN, and Apache Axis. If you are using one of those, and need the tools, we'll welcome any patches you might have for us!


Getting Started

  • Since our builds are in progress, right now you have to check out the source code and build in your IDE. We've aimed to build on both 3.4 and 3.5 platforms, so let us know if you have any issue with either. The easiest way to check out the code is to use this Team Project Set file. Just save the file, then, in the IDE, do File > Import > Team > Team Project Set and browse for the file where you have saved it. Eclipse will toddle off and check out the code, perhaps after asking you about re-using some of your existing Team repository settings.
  • You will find some video clips showing you how to create Web services using WSDL and POJOs, with information on how to deploy them to Tomcat at the FUSE videos site.
  • Check out our Milestone Plan


  • We are just tweaking our build system right now and producing the first committer builds. These aren't available from the Eclipse mirrors yet, but when they are you will get to know - either watch this page, or subscribe to Oisin's blog, for updates.

Getting Involved

  • First - keep in touch! You can get us on the incubator devlist (archive here).
  • Second - check out the code and try it out.
  • Third - try something out, and write it up. Was there something interesting that you did with the code, or something that you thought cleared up some ambiguities in the documentation or other material? Let us know, and we'll link to it from here.
  • Fourth - we're always looking for help with our Bugzilla queue. Fixing bugs is the best way to get familiar with new code.
  • Fifth - is there something missing? Maybe you use Axis and you'd like to have a way to use that runtime. Create a Bugzilla and submit a patch. We love the patches.

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