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From Morten Jensen <mor...@citizenme.com>
Subject Re: OFBiz SOAP web service integration: List of GenericValue
Date Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:34:02 GMT
Hi Pierre,

Thanks for your response, much appreciated. I did find and look at this
example prior to sending out my question originally - I also looked at the
XMLRPC and SOAP examples. However, none of them seemed to offer a way to
bridge/exchange "GenericValue" (or list thereof) for in/output parameters;
simply for the reason that in order to instantiate GenericValue you'd need
the entity engine locked and loaded on client-side (which clearly makes no
sense). The ofbiz framework's model is an interesting mix of model and
implementation, which seems to (at least to me) make it near impossible to
integrate using the options on offer.

Instead what I ended up doing was build REST'ish web services inside the
ofbiz framework (using
with our own business specific model and translate from that to
GenericValue, runService calls etc - and thereby "endorse" the ofbiz
framework rather than writing a "thick" integration client that uses the
exposed ofbiz services; it simply doesn't appear feasible for anything
other than the most rudimentary integration work (like getting order status
or whatever).


On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 1:22 PM, Pierre Smits <pierre.smits@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Morten,
> The following document in our wiki might be of some help.
> https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OFBIZ/Calling+OFBiz+services+from+Liferay+using+SOAP
> Best regards,
> Pierre Smits
> *OFBiz Extensions Marketplace*
> http://oem.ofbizci.net/oci-2/
> On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 12:53 PM, Morten Jensen <morten@citizenme.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm currently running a proof of concept on OFBiz web service integration
>> in order to be able to: create party group, party person, create orders,
>> register payments etc from external services (acting as clients to OFBiz).
>> I am using Apache CXF (JAXB) and am exposing the various services as SOAP
>> endpoints, mapping the WSDL as Java types.
>> I have managed to find and create parties in this way.
>> The problem I'm faced with is that e.g. the web service call storeOrder
>> (createOrder) for instance requires a List of orderItems. I have had a
>> look
>> at the source code for creating a sales order (e.g.
>> test/SalesOrderTest.java) and it appears that the List type is a list of
>> GenericValue.
>> However, the WSDL does not document this type (GenericValue) anywhere and
>> I
>> have no idea what its representation (in XML) might look like in order to
>> be able to make the call.
>> Does anyone else know how to provide e.g. orderItems to the
>> storeOrder/createOrder web service call? Any pointers would be greatly
>> appreciated.
>> P.S: Separately I notice that things like (eeval-) DynamicViewEntity,
>> PartyRole, RoleType (as returned by e.g. findParty) are not mapped in WSDL
>> either. Instead an "eeval-" type exists in the wsdl with wsdl annotations
>> suggesting that those should be defined by the ofbiz "module" (e.g. Party)
>> - however, this does not appear to be the case unless I missed something
>> somewhere?
>> Thanks in advance for your assistance.
>> Best regards,
>> Morten Jensen

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