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From Guy Rixon <>
Subject Re: Explicit response required from WS methods?
Date Wed, 31 Aug 2005 16:15:26 GMT

void is fine, and saves a little parsing on the return. If it works, then the
service returns an HTTP 200 with a SOAP body that doesn't need deserializing;
the client stub returns quietly. If it goes wrong, then the client stub chucks
an Exception in which the detail states the HTTP status-code.

Architecturally, there's a deeper point. Suppose that your service could
return an HTTP 200 with no body; i.e. suppose you could implement a one-way
operation which Axis 2 supports and Axis 1 doesn't. Would this be a good
equivalent to a method returning void? Yes, in the sense that less XML
handling would be involved. No, in the sense that the 200 might come back
before the service had processed the request; i.e. the work would be
asynchronous. An asynchronous request to a service is not a good match to a
method returning void.

On Wed, 31 Aug 2005, Jarmo Doc wrote:

> Let's say that I have a WS method like so:
>   deleteEmployee(int empid) throws SOAPException
>   {
>   }
> Is it sensible for this method to have a void return type or should it
> always return something, for example the empid just deleted (for client
> correlation purposes, amongst other things)?
> I ask because it's not clear to me what's going on under the covers.  I
> could imagine, for example, that void would be OK because any kind of
> problem explicitly detected by the web service method would throw a
> SOAPException and any kind of network issue (e.g. request not even making it
> to the web service) or a failure of the service to execute the method might
> cause the underlying infrastructure itself to throw a SOAPException
> (because, for example, HTTP 200 OK was never seen by the client).  So the
> absence of a SOAPException might reasonably imply success and hence no
> return type was required.
> Thanks.
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