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From Daniel Fagerstrom <>
Subject Re: Calling web services from Cocoon
Date Tue, 27 Jul 2004 12:57:08 GMT
Gianugo Rabellino wrote:

>On Mon, 26 Jul 2004 16:12:30 +0200, Daniel Fagerstrom
><> wrote:
>>Hi Morley,
>>I answer at Cocoon-dev as others might be interested.
>Yup, I am. We're currently facing the need of a tool that does "XML
>over HTTP" for some webserviceish things that aren't actually SOAP
>compliant (it's just RPC with XML in/XML out stuff).
>Just to add another wheel, we were thinking of a different solution:
>we're planning to build a WebServicesProxyTransformer that basically
>builds on the ideas of the WSPGenerator (take some XML, send it over
>the wire, insert the response) and SQL/DASLTransformer. A custom
>element wraps the XML to be sent to the "web service" and the result
>is inserted exactly at the same point in the XML stream. Then we
>realized that we were duplicating
>>AFAIK there are no "current prefered method" for calling web-services. I
>>and my colleagues, use the extended SourceWritingTransformer (SWT) 
>I was thinking about using SWT as well, but then I realized that SWT
>doesn't offer a way of inserting the resulting XML in the original
>stream: all it does is delete the XML inside the <source:write/>
>element, providing some status information (see SWT#reportResult()).
>Am I missing something?
I have extended SWT so that you can post XML as well: <source:post/>. 
The code can be found in:  You need the 
which is a tar.gz, (is there any way to explain to Bugzilla that the 
attachement is a tar.gz?), and the two update patches.

>So, is it time to grab this issue once and for all, providing a common solution?
Absolutely, I think it is a good idea to gather the client code in one 
component (like the o.a.e.source.impl.HTTPClientSource in my code), so 
that you can use it from web-proxy generators, transformers and 
flowscripts depending on your needs. I am not sure if it is good enough 
to call web services from the SWT as in my code or it would be better to 
have a more specialized webservice and SOAP transformer. A general 
problem with transformer based solutions is that you don't get that much 
controll over errror handling for geting that it is better to use 
flowscripts. I submitted an example of using the HTTPClientSource from 
flowscript, that one of my colleauges wrote, to the Bugzilla entry.


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