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From Thomas Sandholm <>
Subject RE: minor patches to xsd:any support
Date Fri, 10 May 2002 16:23:51 GMT
OK sure, I had a discussion with Glen on IRC about implementing it in a 
cleaner way too but here is the current implementation and future 
implementation thoughts as I see them:

Note that this feature can only be used in literal mode.

Current Implementation:
1. xsd:any namespace="##any" elements are detected by WSDL2Java and an any 
property of type Object is added to the Bean. The user can get and set this 
property like any other bean property, i.e. using setAny() and getAny() 
2. one thing that differs this any from the xsd:anyType is that the 
property name ('any') will be suppressed and not serialized across the wire 
as an element tag, so that the XML blob does not have to be wrapped.
3. 2) means that the BeanDeserializer has to be able to recognize arbitrary 
elements sent into it and put them into the any property
4. If a deserializer is registered for the fully qualified element qname 
that the BeanDeserializer detects it can try to deserialize the element 
into the correct java type. If no deserializer was found the content will 
be deserialized as a dom Element.
5.The element qname to java type mapping is disabled by default (and the 
dom Element deserialization will always happen) but it can be enabled by 
setting the BeanDeserailizer.DESERIALIZE_ANY property in the MessageContext.
6. Both DOM Element objects as well as Beans generated from an arbitrary 
XMLSchema element definition (e.g. containing both element and attribute 
definitions) can be passed into an any property.

Future Implementation Thoughts:
1. Make Beans implement an interface to flag that they expose an xsd:any 
property to avoid clashes with other any property values
2. Support namesppace="<namespace>" that can be queried using the interface 
in 1) and validated
3. Separate out the element mapping from the type mapping in a separate 
ElementMapping registry that can be configured like the current 
typeMappings in the deployment configuration
4. Provide toElement() toObject() operations to easily go between object 
and DOM Element representations. Note there are some roundtrip problems 
involved here. But a general feature like the XmlSerializer in dotnet would 
be useful to have. Hopefully JAXB will eventually help out here. But the 
trick is to integrate it with the Axis Bean model.

For more details on how to use the feature and a possible use case scenario 
look at the wsdl/extensibility test case.


At 11:41 AM 5/10/2002 -0400, Tom Jordahl wrote:

>Hi Thomas,
>Thanks for the patch.  How about sending along some documentation for the 
>new feature?  Otherwise you will be the only one to know about it! :-)
>Tom Jordahl
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Thomas Sandholm []
>Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 8:46 PM
>Subject: minor patches to xsd:any support
>Just some minor patches to allow you to turn on and off xsd:any -> object
>deserialization. If it is turned off a dom Element will always be
>constructed. Note the extensibility test case has been updated and has to
>be applied together with the src fixes.

Thomas Sandholm <>
The Globus Project(tm) <>
Ph: 630-252-1682, Fax: 630-252-1997
Argonne National Laboratory

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