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From "Sathija Pavuluri (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (AXIS2-3001) Problem in 1.3 RC with deserialization of java.util.Date objects that are DateTime formatted.
Date Tue, 24 Jul 2007 13:40:31 GMT


Sathija Pavuluri commented on AXIS2-3001:

The Date object in java contains a complete timestamp with date and time. 
It should be mapped to a dateTime value in XML.

When the Date object is serialized, Axis is serializing it to a dateTime xml value (as can
be seen in the xml response in my earlier comment).  
But when it's deserialized, it's attempting to deserialze it as a date xml value which causes
the above exception.

The name "Date" in java is a bit misleading, it's not really just a date, it's a timestamp
and should be mapped as such to xml.

Axis is now mapping the Calendar object to xml dateTime, but developers seldom use Calendar
for literal date (and dateTime) representation.
Calendar is a heavier weight object and is mostly used when date manipulations and conversions
are to be made.

This approach that Axis is taking forces Calendar object to be used for dateTime representation
when java does provide the more convenient Date object.
This may also be breaking backward compatibility forcing all Date objects that were used for
timestamp representation be changed to Calendar objects. 

> Problem in 1.3 RC with deserialization of java.util.Date objects that are DateTime formatted.
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: AXIS2-3001
>                 URL:
>             Project: Axis 2.0 (Axis2)
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: adb
>    Affects Versions: 1.3
>         Environment: Axis 1.3 RC2, JDK 1.6 on Linux
>            Reporter: Sathija Pavuluri
>            Assignee: Amila Chinthaka Suriarachchi
>            Priority: Blocker
> This bug was introduced after the fix that was made for jira AXIS2-2701.
> I had originally written my comment against 2701 but since the bug is marked as resolved,
thought this new issue should be tracked separately.
> The fix for AXIS2-2701 makes it impossible for java.util.Date objects to be deserialized
when the date is datetime formatted (i.e. yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss). 
> It now only works for date format  objects (i.e. yyyy-mm-dd)
> For example I have an object with attribute:
> java.util.Date timeStarted;
> The element in the response looks like this:
> <ax26:timeStarted>2007-07-23T13:20:46.861Z</ax26:timeStarted>
> The deserialization of this element fails with this exception:
>         java.lang.RuntimeException: In valid string sufix
>         at org.apache.axis2.databinding.utils.ConverterUtil.convertToDate(
>         at org.apache.axis2.databinding.typemapping.SimpleTypeMapper.makeDate(
>         at org.apache.axis2.databinding.typemapping.SimpleTypeMapper.getSimpleTypeObject(
>         at org.apache.axis2.databinding.utils.BeanUtil.deserialize(
>         at org.apache.axis2.databinding.utils.BeanUtil.processObject(
>         at org.apache.axis2.databinding.utils.BeanUtil.ProcessElement(
>         at org.apache.axis2.databinding.utils.BeanUtil.deserialize(
> Looking at the code, it seems like the ConverterUtil expects the Date object to be only
of yyyy-mm-dd format.
> It fails in the case when Date is yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss formatted?  
> Thanks,
> Sathija. 

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