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From Pétur Runólfsson <>
Subject [Axis2] Don't treat Object as DataHandler in ADB BeanUtil
Date Wed, 10 Jun 2009 13:11:29 GMT

The attached patch changes SimpleTypeMapper.isDataHandler so that it no longer returns true
for java.lang.Object. The effect of this change is that if a method has a parameter of type
java.lang.Object, the method will be passed an OMNode containing the contents of the parameter
element instead of a javax.activation.DataHandler. This is a significant improvement since
the javax.activation.DataHandler conversion assumes that the element contains base 64 encoded
binary data, but OMNode can represent anything. This is also consistent with java2wsdl, which
maps java.lang.Object to xs:anyType, which means that the element is allowed to have any content,
not just base64binary.

Ideally, I would like to deserialize the object for the xs:anyType parameter based on the
xsi:type attribute, if present. That could be accomplished by changing BeanUtil, or it can
be done in the web service implementation itself. Either way, this change must be applied
first to get rid of the destructive conversion to javax.activation.DataHandler.

In addition to the change to SimpleTypeMapper, the patch contains tests for SimpleTypeMapper
and BeanUtil, a change to pom.xml so that the BeanUtil test gets run at build time, and a
fix for a problem in CoverterUtilTest exposed by the change to pom.xml.

Is this patch acceptable, or is there something I should do differently?


Pétur Runólfsson

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