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From Dain Sundstrom <>
Subject Re: XFire->CXF discovery/question
Date Thu, 03 Jan 2008 05:07:04 GMT
Why don't we support the xfire annotations also?  It would be pretty  
easy for the code to check for both.


On Jan 2, 2008, at 5:59 PM, Benson Margulies wrote:

>> When I created an XFire test client using the precompiled class  
>> JAR file, I
>> kept getting nulls in most of the object members, and I finally  
>> looked at
>> the SOAP going across and realized the members had the wrong  
>> namespace.  I
>> finally realized XFire saw the CXF-version annotations and simply  
>> ignored
>> them, and use the class package name for the namespace of the  
>> members.
> What do you mean by annotations in this context? (@'s)? It sure is  
> true
> that the CXF runtime is ignorant of the old XFire annotations and vica
> versa, since we've changed all the packages. An @nnotation is just an
> object in a class. No way can XFire see the new @nnotations, since  
> they
> all got new names.
> A jar of annotated classes has to go with the reader of the  
> annotations.
> If you annotate using JAXB, then they can use any client stack that
> supports JAXB. If you annotate using XFire, you're got to distribute
> XFire. If you annotate with CXF/Aegis, then you need a compatible
> runtime, namely, CXF.
> If you 'annotate' using .aegis.xml files, there's reasonable hope,
> however, that you can use either the CXF runtime or the older XFire
> runtime. But no other kit will pay the slightest attention.
> In my limited experience, it seems more common for server-providers to
> tell their clients to pick the kit of their choice and use  
> wsdl2java to
> build their own proxies.
>> So I reverted to using the earlier XFire-annotated JAR classes and  
>> now it
>> works again.   So I now realize that we can't really safely  
>> publish a JAR
>> full of proxy objects and assume all of our customers can use it -  
>> rather,
>> only customers using the specific stack (XFire 1.2) can make  
>> correct use of
>> this JAR file.
>> So the question becomes - what is the standard way of providing  
>> customers
>> with proxy objects?  I'm guessing the answer is: "Let them use the  
>> WSDL to
>> generate proxy objects with their chosen framework."
>> Does that make sense?  Again, I'm still feeling my way past the basic
>> examples that we extended for our own use, so I'm "wet behind the  
>> ears yet."

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