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From Tom Jordahl <>
Subject RE: Revamped WSDL2Java framework
Date Tue, 07 May 2002 15:57:46 GMT

I like the idea of moving the Symbol table to its own package.  This will make it easier to
move toward a true XML Schema parser which is separate from the WSDL symbol table.  It also
is nice and clean that the Writer classes are grouped together

I am not a big fan of moving things to the org.apache.wsdl package.  I believe for the time
being it should stay under the axis package.

I am not clean on what the WSDL2 class is/does.  Is it a real user entry point?  A better
name would help, but why would you want to build a symbol table and do nothing with it?  Testing?

I have concerns that anyone using our emitter API will be unable to seamlessly upgrade their
axis jar file to use the latest version.  Macromedia has several projects that use WSDL2Java,
and they use the Emitter class (as was originally intended), not the command line WSDL2Java

And finally, playing Devils advocate, do we really need to do this?  Are there users clamoring
for an extensible architecture for the emitter that isn't even complete yet?

Tom Jordahl

-----Original Message-----
From: Russell Butek []
Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 3:41 PM
Subject: Re: Revamped WSDL2Java framework

Do folks think this is a reasonable revamp?  I haven't heard from anyone
except dims, and dims (except for a couple bugs he found) is OK with it.
My next question is packaging.  I packaged it like I did to avoid
interfering with the existing emitter code.  But if I replace the existing
code with the new stuff I'd rather do something a bit more sensible.  We
have 3 items:

1.  symbol table classes
2.  framework classes
3.  WSDL2Java implementation classes

Here's my proposal:
1.  org.apache.wsdl.symbolTable
2.  org.apache.wsdl
3. in org.apache.axis.wsdl (like it is now) and the rest in

A question is, CAN I even put 1 & 2 where I suggest?  It pulls them out of
the axis subpackage, but they're logically outside of AXIS anyway.

Russell Butek

Russell Butek/Austin/IBM@IBMUS on 05/03/2002 01:48:32 PM

Please respond to

Subject:    Revamped WSDL2Java framework

Back before beta 2 I said I wanted to revamp the WSDL2Java framework for
better extensibility.  Well, here's my first stab at it:  (See attached
file:  You should be able to plunk this into an existing build
and build it (at least it works for me).  Everything's new except some
tweaks I did to test/utils/ and
test/wsdl/ that I had to make to get a build to use
this version of WSDL2Java rather than the original.

Those of you that might be interested (Tom, Rich, dims), please take a look
at this note and let me know if these changes are worthy to commit (and
where best to commit them).

I've rearranged things:
1. contains the symbol table classes
2.  org.apache.axis.wsdl2 contains the writer framework
3. contains the WSDL2Java extension to the
writer framework

I'm not particularly fond of these new package names or class names.  I
just wanted to put them somewhere without affecting the existing code.  The
important point is that there are 3 packages:  1 and 2 could conceivably be
pulled into a separate project.  3 is the only package that really must
stay inside AXIS.

Some notes.
- "java org.apache.axis.wsdl2.WSDL2 <wsdlFile>" will populate the symbol
table, doing any validation checks along the way.  It doesn't generate
- "java <wsdlFile>" functions just
like org.apache.axis.wsdl.WSDL2Java.
- I got rid of Emitter.  That class had some stuff that belonged in the
framework and some stuff that belonged in the WSDL2Java extension.  The
hidden function moved into SymbolTable and the exposed stuff (option
accessors) moved to WSDL2 and its extension WSDL2java.
- WSDL2 is the parser front end framework.  WSDL2, Writer, and
WriterFactory are what extenders extend.
- There are still some Java-isms that I've got to remove from the
framework, but I managed to move most of them to the WSDL2Java package.
- A particularly handy hook for extending WSDL2Java is
JavaWriterFactory.addWriter(<WSDL type class>, <writer class>).  I like
that API, but I'm not sure about the best way to implement it (on
JavaWriterFactory or way back on WSDL2?), so right now the implementation
for it is just a hack to support my extension example (see next bullet).
I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.  I could leave it on
JavaWriterFactory, which means it's part of WSDL2Java extensions only.  Or
I could move it to WSDL2, which means ALL extensions (including WSDL2Java)
would use it.  A couple points about moving it to WSDL2:
1.  We could possibly get rid of the Java WSDL writers (JavaBindingWriter,
JavaServiceWriter, etc) and add the file writers directly.
2.  If we get rid of the intermediate writer classes, their logic would
have to move somewhere.  So the file writers would probably get more
- Here are a couple examples of extending WSDL2Java:  (See attached file:  They both generate everything WSDL2Java does today, but
they also generate a file containing a list of service ports.  example1 is
an extension of the existing WSDL2Java.  example2 is an extension of my new
stuff.  You can see the new extension is about half the old one.  By the
class names you can see I intend to add some documentation to the
integration guide once I get the new implementation in place.

This whole thing deserves (and has from the beginning!) more description
than this little note, and it will get it (in the integration guide) once
we decide on the proper direction.  But for now, please ask me anything
that you're puzzled about.

Russell Butek

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