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Subject [Apache Web Services Wiki] New: FrontPage/Axis/DeployedServiceTocall
Date Wed, 12 Jan 2005 02:09:06 GMT
   Date: 2005-01-11T18:09:06
   Editor: ToshiyukiKimura
   Wiki: Apache Web Services Wiki
   Page: FrontPage/Axis/DeployedServiceTocall

   Importing old wiki ...

New Page:

'''Q: How does Axis figure out which deployed service to call?'''

A: Axis has a very flexible dispatch mechanism, with three built-in options, and the ability
to customize your own. Dispatch to a service in Axis really means setting the service field
in the {{{ MessageContext }}} as it flows through the various Handlers in your configuration.
Once the service is set, the engine will be able to call it at the appropriate time. So who
does the setting? Any Handler who wants to. The default dispatch mechanism for Axis is by
URL, so that if you access {{{ http://myhost/axis/services/WeatherReport }}}, you will get
the {{{ "WeatherReport" }}} service. This mechanism works because the HTTP transport in Axis
has the {{{ URLMapper }}} (org.apache.axis.handlers.http.URLMapper) Handler deployed on the
request chain. The {{{ URLMapper }}} takes the incoming URL, extracts the last part of it
as the service name, and attempts to look up a service by that name in the current {{{ EngineConfiguration

Similarly you could deploy the {{{ HTTPActionHandler }}} to dispatch via the {{{ SOAPAction
}}} HTTP header. You can also feel free to set the service in your own custom way - for instance,
if you have a transport which funnels all messages through a single service, you can just
set the service in the {{{ MessageContext }}} before your transport calls the {{{ AxisEngine
}}}. Or if you dispatch based on the contents of a SOAP header, or the time of day, you could
write a Handler which did that. 

If no Handler has set the service by the time someone needs to deserialize the SOAP message,
we will attempt to look it up using the namespace of the first body element. So for instance:

 <ns:MyMethod xmlns:ns=""/>

This message would look up {{{ "" }}} in the namespace mapping
list to see if there was an associated service. 

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