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JAX-WS: Webservices with Java EE 6

SOAP webservices were never so much fun and ease before Java EE 6! So without further ado, we’ll see how to get a JAX-WS service up and running in a matter of minutes! The source code is hosted on Google codes, which you can download and directly import into your IDE.

(I used JBoss Developer Studio 5 and JBoss Application Server 7 )

Download the Source Code

We’ll expose a PizzaService as a JAX-WS. Our PizzaService would be a very light-weight service which will have just two functions:-

  1. getPizza – This will buy/get you a Pizza object.
  2. returnPizza – This will help you return a stale/cold/substandard Pizza back!

Let’s define Pizza entity class:-


package webservice.jaxws.resources;
import java.util.Date;

public class Pizza {
 private String size;
 private Date dateOfManufacture;
 private float cost;

/*Setters and Getters removed for brevity */


The PizzaService Interface

package webservice.jaxws.service;

import webservice.jaxws.resources.Pizza;

public interface PizzaService {
 public Pizza getPizza();
 public String returnPizza(Pizza pizza);

Writing the implementation of the above interface.


package webservice.jaxws.service;

import java.util.Date;

import javax.jws.WebMethod;
import javax.jws.WebParam;
import javax.jws.WebResult;
import javax.jws.WebService;

import webservice.jaxws.resources.Pizza;

@WebService(serviceName="PizzaService", portName="PizzaPort", targetNamespace="generated.jaxws.webservice")
public class PizzaServiceImpl implements PizzaService {

 public Pizza getPizza() {
 //Creating a new Pizza
 Pizza pizza = new Pizza();
 pizza.setDateOfManufacture(new Date());

 return pizza;

 public String returnPizza(@WebParam(name="pizza") Pizza pizza) {
 System.out.println("Pizza returned by the customer :(");
 System.out.println("Details of the returned pizza:-");

 return "Pizza successfully returned.";


To expose a class as webservice all you need to do is to annotate it with @Webservice and you’re done!

The other annotations make the generated WSDL file pretty and more-meaningful to read.

  1. @WebMethod – It declares the method as an endpoint. Although the spec says it to be mandatory, but the code still runs once you annotate the service class with @WebService.
  2. @WebResult – It is used when the method is returning something, it gives the returning object a name, else your wsdl file would contain a parameter called “return” which might not seem so much readable once you have got a significant number of methods featuring in a particular webservice.
  3. @WebParam – This is also almost same as @WebResult with the only difference that this annotation is used to make the name of input argument of the endpoint more meaningful. In the absence of @WebParam, the wsdl file would read the input argument as arg0, arg1 etc.

It’s now time to put the code to test and see the output. Run the project and to see the wsdl open up your browser and type in the following url:-


The anatomy of the above url is simple enough, http://localhost:8080/webservice-jaxws/ is the server-address and the project location and PizzaService is the service name we defined as an attribute of @WebService annotated at the class PizzaServiceImpl (scroll up to check!)

You can test the above webservice by either writing a client or using Soap-UI which is the easier and quicker way!


A client consuming this webservice can be seen and downloaded from this URL.

That’s all for this one.

Spring Web Services 2. Made easy!

We’ll see how to develop Spring Webservices 2, along with validation on the base of xml schema. We’ll use spring-ws 2, maven, jaxb for making this sample project spring-ws2-exemplary. 

Source Code!

You don’t need to copy paste the code, it’s available for download at the bottom of the page. The project may give some errors while building due to non-conformance of Maven 3, so for that I’ve enhanced the POM and you can download the new project from here.

We’ll see the whole process in easy steps, making no big dragon of this!

1. I presume you are probably aware of maven. Setting it up is easy. If you’re not a maven-compatriot, don’t worry, google it, and you’ll have it up and running in a matter of mins.

So all said and done, lets start the development rightaway.

2. Open command prompt and navigate to your workspace location, or wherever you need to make the project.

3. Type in the following command, all in one line.

mvn archetype:create -DarchetypeGroupId=org.springframework.ws -DarchetypeArtifactId=spring-ws-archetype -DarchetypeVersion=2.0.1.RELEASE -DgroupId=ankeet.spring.ws2 -DartifactId=spring-ws2-exemplary

So there you have the basic skeleton of the project ready for you, including the spring config files, pom.xml and the requisite folder structure. Go have look 😉

4. Now you have the basic structure with you, but it still doesn’t qualifies to be imported as a project in eclipse or SpringsourceToolSuite (STS), as it lacks the .classpath and .project files.

To overcome, go to the project folder spring-ws2-exemplary in this case and run the following command:-

mvn eclipse:eclipse

Now you can import this as Existing Projects into Workspace

5. Creating the xml request and response messages. We’ll create a service SquareService, which will give the square of the input number.

So our request will be


and response will be


6. Since, you now have the request and response messages combine it into one xml file and generate the xsd.

Combining the request and response in a file spring-ws2-square.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<SquareService xmlns="https://ankeetmaini.wordpress.com/spring-ws2-square">




7. To generate the xsd, you can use trang.jar if you don’t have anything else. Its an open source product.

Download the latest version and unzip it on your system. Open command prompt and navigate to the unzipped folder.

To create the XSD run the following command:

java -jar trang.java <Path-of-XML-file> <Path-where-xsd-is-to-be-generated>

I copied my xml to the trang direcotory only, and generated my corresponding xsd there too, and then copied it to WEB-INF. Simple.

So you have the xsd generated in the current directory. Before putting it into use, we need to tweak it a little bit to suit our purposes.

Original spring-ws2-square.xsd

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xs:schema xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" elementFormDefault="qualified" targetNamespace="https://ankeetmaini.wordpress.com/spring-ws2-square" xmlns:s="https://ankeetmaini.wordpress.com/spring-ws2-square">
  <xs:element name="SquareService">
        <xs:element ref="s:SquareServiceRequest"/>
        <xs:element ref="s:SquareServiceResponse"/>
  <xs:element name="SquareServiceRequest">
        <xs:element ref="s:Input"/>
  <xs:element name="Input" type="xs:integer"/>
  <xs:element name="SquareServiceResponse">
        <xs:element ref="s:Output"/>
  <xs:element name="Output" type="xs:integer"/>

Editing it, we get the final xsd. Please note the finer details yourself, and try to comprehend. You’ll be able to figure out the need to edit it most of the times for the sake of more conciseness, and removal of extraneous elements, if you know what I mean 😉

Final spring-ws2-square.xsd

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xs:schema xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" elementFormDefault="qualified" targetNamespace="https://ankeetmaini.wordpress.com/spring-ws2-square" xmlns:s="https://ankeetmaini.wordpress.com/spring-ws2-square">

  <xs:element name="SquareServiceRequest">
        <xs:element name="Input" type="xs:integer"/>

  <xs:element name="SquareServiceResponse">
        <xs:element name="Output" type="xs:integer"/>


Now copy this to the src/main/webapp/WEB-INF folder, so that it’ll be detected at classpath.

8. Open web.xml located in WEB-INF folder and change the name of the servlet to spring-ws2 (This is not required but I do, to remove the ambiguity, if at all it arises). Don’t forget to change in the <servlet-maping> also.

Add an init param


Verify your web.xml looks like this:-

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
         xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee/web-app_2_4.xsd"

    <display-name>Archetype Created Web Application</display-name>




9. Now, since you changed the servlet’s name, you need to change the Spring’s configuration file too, because the container will look for <servlet-name>-servlet.xml

Rename (or better Refactor) it to spring-ws2-servlet.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
       xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans	http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans-3.0.xsd
       http://www.springframework.org/schema/web-services                      	http://www.springframework.org/schema/web-services/web-services-2.0.xsd">

    <!-- To detect @Endpoint -->

<!-- To detect @Service, @Component etc -->
<context:component-scan base-package="ankeet.spring" />

    <!-- To generate dynamic wsdl -->
		<sws:xsd location="/WEB-INF/spring-ws2-square.xsd"/>

    <!-- For validating your request and response -->
    <!-- So that you don't send a string instead of an integer -->

<bean id="validatingInterceptor"
    <property name="schema" value="/WEB-INF/spring-ws2-square.xsd"/>
    <property name="validateRequest" value="true"/>
    <property name="validateResponse" value="true"/>


10. In Eclipse/STS right click your project and and then new, and select a new source folder and name it as src/main/java

Create three packages : ankeet.spring.ws2.endpoint, ankeet.spring.ws2.service, ankeet.spring.ws2.generated

11. Since we’re using jaxb for converting xml <—> object, we need to make changes to the pom.xml to add its dependencies and plugins, so that the Java Classes are generated at compile time from the XSD given.

Add the following piece of code to the pom in the <plugins> section


Similarly add the dependencies in the <dependencies> section of POM.


11. Write the endpoint class as follows:-


package ankeet.spring.ws2.endpoint;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.ws.server.endpoint.annotation.Endpoint;
import org.springframework.ws.server.endpoint.annotation.PayloadRoot;
import org.springframework.ws.server.endpoint.annotation.RequestPayload;
import org.springframework.ws.server.endpoint.annotation.ResponsePayload;

import ankeet.spring.ws2.generated.*;
import ankeet.spring.ws2.generated.SquareServiceResponse;
import ankeet.spring.ws2.service.SquareService;

 * @author Ankeet Maini
public class SquareWSEndpoint {
	//To calculate square of the input.
	private SquareService squareService;
	//This is like @RequestMapping of Spring MVC
	@PayloadRoot(localPart="SquareServiceRequest", namespace="https://ankeetmaini.wordpress.com/spring-ws2-square")
	public SquareServiceResponse getSquare(@RequestPayload SquareServiceRequest request) {
		SquareServiceResponse response = new ObjectFactory().createSquareServiceResponse();
		return response;

12. Now write the service classes which will actually do the squaring.


package ankeet.spring.ws2.service;

import java.math.BigInteger;

public interface SquareService {
	public BigInteger square(BigInteger bigInteger);


And it’s implementation class SquareServiceImpl.java

package ankeet.spring.ws2.service;

import java.math.BigInteger;

import org.springframework.stereotype.Service;

public class SquareServiceImpl implements SquareService {

	public BigInteger square(BigInteger bigInteger) {
		return (bigInteger.multiply(bigInteger));


13. Now when you clean your project JAXB will create the classes from the XSD present on the classpath, in our case spring-ws2-square.xsd located in WEB-INF. The code generated will be in the target folder, so you’ll have to copy the files and put into the ankeet.spring.ws2.generated package, and correct the inconsistencies arising in the package names by shifting. Also, make src/main/webapp a source folder(By navigating to webapp and then right clicking and in Configure Buildpath, make it a source folder).

14. After this your project structure should prcisely look like this.

15. To run the project you can create a war and deploy on the server, or use maven. Go the project directory and type the following command to run the project on tomcat server:

mvn tomcat:run

16. Open your web browser and enter the following url

http://localhost:8080/spring-ws2-exemplary/getSquare.wsdl to see the WSDL file generated.

17. To test the application, you can build a client or use Soap UI. To test with soap UI, open it, create an new project and give it the above url of WSDL.

Press Ok.

Click on Request1 and on the left side an interface will appear asking your request. Enter any integer and press the green button to send it to the server. If you enter anything other than an integer, a Validation error will be reported on the other side.

and if you do enter any thing else than integer, say a string, the Validation will fail and you’ll get the following error.

Just in case if you wish to know, the above Response is

<pre><SOAP-ENV:Envelope xmlns:SOAP-ENV="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">
         <faultstring xml:lang="en">Validation error</faultstring>
            <spring-ws:ValidationError xmlns:spring-ws="http://springframework.org/spring-ws">cvc-datatype-valid.1.2.1: 'a' is not a valid value for 'integer'.</spring-ws:ValidationError>
            <spring-ws:ValidationError xmlns:spring-ws="http://springframework.org/spring-ws">cvc-type.3.1.3: The value 'a' of element 'spr:Input' is not valid.</spring-ws:ValidationError>

The code is hosted on Google Codes, to download the project click here.

To run it, just unzip the file, open command prompt, navigate to the directory and type : mvn tomcat:run, and voila you’re done!

While creating this project I read a lot, and found these blogs extremely helpful,

1. Jamesbnuzzo

2. Ice09

3. krams

That’s all for this one. Enjoy building and running it. 🙂