Changes from 1.4 final

  • The Axis build has been migrated from Ant to Maven. This implies that the source distribution has a completely different structure.
  • A Maven plugin has been added. This plugin can be used as an alternative to the Axis Ant tasks.
  • A new stand-alone server has been added. It uses an embedded Jetty server and superseded the old SimpleAxisServer. The Maven plugin has goals to start/stop stand-alone server instances so that the new stand-alone server can be easily integrated into integration tests executed using Maven.
  • A new HTTP transport has been added. It can be used as an alternative to the default HTTPSender or the Commons HttpClient based transport (CommonsHTTPSender). It uses the java.net.HttpURLConnection API which supports HTTP 1.1 keep-alive connections. In contrast to CommonsHTTPSender, it doesn't impose any additional requirements on the application code (see the AxisCommonsHTTP how-to) and can therefore be used as a drop-in replacement for HTTPSender. However, it requires Java 1.5 because it relies on features of the java.net.HttpURLConnection API that were not available in earlier Java versions.
  • It is now possible to change the Java class associated with an XML type when generating a client stub. Note that this is only supported by the maven-wsdl2java-plugin, but not by the corresponding Ant task or command line tool. The feature can be used to consume MTOM enabled services. Check the plugin documentation for more information.
  • WSDL4J has been upgraded from 1.5.1 to 1.6.2.
  • Support for Java 1.3 has been dropped.
  • AxisServlet no longer attempts to register the Axis MBeans automatically. To enable them, add axis-rt-management as a dependency and register org.apache.axis.management.servlet.AxisServerMBeanExporter as a listener in web.xml.