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From Dennis Sosnoski <>
Subject [Axis2] Extending databinding code generation
Date Fri, 05 May 2006 09:57:34 GMT
I've been looking into implementing unwrapping of method call parameters 
for JiBX. The current code generation approach uses several different 
XSLT templates, with some templates just generating generic code for 
handling the service operations while the details of conversions to and 
from XML are handled by toOm()/toEnvelope() and fromOm() that are 
specific to the data binding approach being used. For unwrapped handling 
I think we need to change the code generation to use an in-line 
approach, where the data binding framework is invoked to generate code 
that gets embedded directly within the operation method on the client 
stub, or within the invokeBusinessLogic method of the message receiver 
on the server. The reason I'm suggesting this is because the current 
approach of calling other methods gets very messy when you're passing or 
returning a list of objects, rather than just a single object.

I don't know how well this will fit with the current 
At a minimum, it's going to need to pass additional information in the 
XML documents used to drive the code generation (since each data binding 
framework will have it's own approach to handle unwrapping, and will 
need to pass the appropriate information to its code generation 
template). I can just start extending the current code to support 
unwrapped with JiBX, but figured I'd bring it up for discussion first to 
see if anyone else is working in this area.

To enable unwrapping I assume we'll want a WSDL2Java flag, as in Axis1. 
Each framework would be able to check this flag and then set 
per-operation flags to control the code generation, selecting between 
the current form (toOm()/toEnvelope() and fromOm()) and an unwrapped 
approach. The AxisServiceBasedMultiLanguageEmitter would then use this 
per-operation flag to control how that operation is generated.

  - Dennis

Dennis M. Sosnoski
SOA, Web Services, and XML
Training and Consulting -
Seattle, WA +1-425-296-6194 - Wellington, NZ +64-4-298-6117

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