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From "Keith Godwin Chapman (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Assigned: (AXIS2-3106) REST: inconsistent error handling
Date Thu, 09 Aug 2007 04:06:59 GMT


Keith Godwin Chapman reassigned AXIS2-3106:

    Assignee: Keith Godwin Chapman

> REST: inconsistent error handling
> ---------------------------------
>                 Key: AXIS2-3106
>                 URL:
>             Project: Axis 2.0 (Axis2)
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 1.3
>         Environment: Axis2-1.3-RC2
> Tomcat 5.5
> Linux
>            Reporter: simishag
>            Assignee: Keith Godwin Chapman
> When using REST and making a simple HTTP GET request to Axis, the error handling is inconsistent.
 It appears that fields in the query string are simply processed in order, without regard
to the actual name of the field.
> Example:
> I have a method "capturePriorAuth" which takes 3 parameters: creditCardId (int), amount
(BigDecimal), transactionId (String).  My test calls the method as: 
> .../capturePriorAuth?creditCardId=24&transactionId=1518355879&amount=1.00
> I was doing some testing earlier and I was accidentally using "requestId" as the name
of the first field instead of "creditCardId."  Fixing that particular error resolved my immediate
issue, but I had noticed some weirdness in the errors from when I was using the wrong field
> Normally, Axis would throw an AxisFault (usually from IllegalArgumentException) indicating
that a required parameter was missing.  However, this behavior is inconsistent, and appears
to depend on the order of the fields as defined in the method.  I wrote some test methods
such as "capturePriorAuth[1-3]" to test the behaviors.
> For example:
> capturePriorAuth1?requestId=24&transactionId=1518355879&amount=1.00
> is actually accepted by Axis.  However, logging from within my service method shows that
Axis is skipping the first field (requestId) entirely, and assigning the value of "transactionId"
to the method's expected "creditCardId."  It then assigns "1.00" to "transactionId" (which
works because 1.00 is a valid String) and sets "amount" to null.
> I ran this test through the SOAP Monitor as well, to see how Axis rewrote the request:
> <?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
> <soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv="">
>   <soapenv:Body>
>     <axis2ns15:capturePriorAuth1 xmlns:axis2ns15="http://manager">
>       <transactionId>1518355879</transactionId>
>       <amount>1.00</amount>
>     </axis2ns15:capturePriorAuth1>
>   </soapenv:Body>
> </soapenv:Envelope>
> The values are correct for this SOAP request, in that the 2 values are correct and the
3rd is missing.  However, Axis still accepts this request, even though the 3rd required field
is obviously missing.  Logger output again shows the inconsistency described above.
> However, this example will throw an AxisFault: (notice the fields are reordered)
> capturePriorAuth2?requestId=24&amount=1.00&transactionId=1518355879
> Partial stack trace:
> org.apache.axis2.AxisFault: For input string: "1.00" at org.apache.axis2.AxisFault.makeFault(
> ...
> Caused by: java.lang.NumberFormatException: For input string: "1.00"
> 	at java.lang.NumberFormatException.forInputString(
> 	at java.lang.Integer.parseInt(
> 	at java.lang.Integer.<init>(
> 	at org.apache.axis2.databinding.typemapping.SimpleTypeMapper.getSimpleTypeObject(
> That error presumably occurs because Axis skips the first parameter (which is unknown)
and attempts to set "creditCardId" to "1.00", an invalid value for int.
> Here's another example: (fields reordered again)
> capturePriorAuth3?amount=1.00&transactionId=1518355879&requestId=24
> It also throws AxisFault, but not for the same reason:
> org.apache.axis2.AxisFault at org.apache.axis2.AxisFault.makeFault(
> ...
> Caused by: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException
> 	at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
> 	at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
> 	at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
> 	at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
> 	at org.apache.axis2.rpc.receivers.RPCUtil.invokeServiceClass(
> 	at org.apache.axis2.rpc.receivers.RPCMessageReceiver.invokeBusinessLogic(
> 	... 23 more
> This is probably the correct error handling mode, since creditCardId is unavailable.
> From this testing, it appears that Axis is not handling parameter names as provided in
the HTTP GET query string, and instead simply sets the method parameters in the order they
are parsed.  Because Axis also skips a parameter if its name is unknown, but it continues
assigning values, creating an off-by-1 error as additional values are parsed.
> This leads to inconsistent error handling for methods which have identical implementations
but different method signatures.  It also allows certain incorrect parameter combinations
to be accepted by Axis and passed to the service method, which may not be prepared to handle
them correctly.  Service code should be able to assume safely that Axis has done the hard
work of parsing parameters.

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