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From "Chuck Williams (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (AXIS2-608) Generated ADB code fails on omitted scalar minOccurs=0 elements and recursive data types
Date Mon, 24 Apr 2006 05:17:05 GMT
Generated ADB code fails on omitted scalar minOccurs=0 elements and recursive data types

         Key: AXIS2-608
     Project: Apache Axis 2.0 (Axis2)
        Type: Bug

  Components: databinding  
    Versions: 1.0    
 Environment: All
    Reporter: Chuck Williams

The patches I submitted previously (AXIS2-523) to fix various cases of minOccurs=0 and recusive
data types have been applied in 1.0 RC2 only for elements whose types are choice particles.
 The underlying problems remain in all other cases.

One case of minOccurs=0 that fails is for an omitted scalar element (maxOccurs=1).  Consider
a simple string-valued element S, and a element C that contains S with minOccurs=0.  The Factory.parse()
method for C generates code to parse S that creates a SimpleElementReaderStateMachine with
setElementNameToTest() S and then calls it.  But there is no S, so the state machine fails.

An example of a recusive data type problem occurs when an element E contains an array-valued
sub-element also named E.  The parser for the outer E leaves the reader positioned at its
own start element and then proceeds to search for the array by scanning forward looking for
the first <E>.  It find itself and not the inner E!

The patch resolves this issue and a set of related issues by creating a loop invariant for
the reader position.  Specifically, the reader is always after the end element of the prior
element (or initially after the outer start element) when it seeks to parse an inner element.
 I don't believe the code generator can ever parse correctly without having the reader position
be a loop invariant.  This is why getElementTextProperly() is essential -- because getElementText()
itself fails to position the reader properly in some cases and it is unfortunately now in
commons, as documented in the comment in ADBBeanTemplate.xsl.

I was able to resolve these issues by using in all cases the template that RC2 calls out as
a special case for choice particles, i.e., by simply deleting the altnerative template.  Perhaps
there are issues with this template that caused it to be called out specially and used only
for <choice> particles, but I do not know what they are.  I have a complex application
that uses all of these wsdl features and more that is working perfectly with this template.

All axis2 tests pass with this template, but only after fixing a bug in one test that is related
to the issues here (PopulateMinOccurs0Test failed when an omitted MinOccurs=0 parameter was
actually missing).

The attached patch against modules/codegen fixes the issues in both ADBBeanTemplate.xsl and  This patch also contains the patch at AXIS-607.

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