Apache Axis2/Java Version 1.8.2 Documentation Index


Apache Axis2, the third generation Web services engine is more efficient, more modular and more XML-oriented than its predecessor Apache Axis. It is carefully designed to support the easy addition of plug-in modules that extend its functionality for features such as security and increased reliability.

Apache Axis2 Version 1.8.2 is a bugfix release, fixing several problems in version 1.5. Please see the release notes for more details.

This page describes our list of available documents.

Apache Axis2 User's Guide

You can get started with Axis2 with the assistance of the following documents. They will guide you through the Axis2 download, installation (both as a standalone Web services engine and as part of a J2EE compliant servlet container), and instructions on how to write Web services and Web services client using Apache Axis2.

  • Introduction- Gives you an introduction to what Axis2 is, the life cycle of a Web services message, how Axis2 handles SOAP messages and also includes a basic description on Axis2 distributions, and how Axis2 behaves as part of a Web application or as a standalone client that is not part of a J2EE application.
  • Download and Installation- Lists the different distribution packages offered by Axis2 and gives in-depth instructions on the installation of the standalone method and as part of a J2EE servlet container.
  • Testing Client Code - The best way to make sure that your system is running Axis2 is to install and test both a service and a client. This document describes this process in easy to understand steps.
  • Introduction to Services - The term "Web services" can apply to a number of different ways of sending information back and forth. However, this guide focuses on the sending and receiving of SOAP messages and Message Exchange Patterns (MEPs).
  • Creating Clients from WSDL - When it comes to creating a Web service client, you can do it manually as described in the next document. However, in most cases, you will have a Web Service Description Language (WSDL) definition that describes the messages that clients should send and expect to receive. Axis2 provides several ways to use this definition to automatically generate a client. This document explains how to create a client using WSDL definitions.
  • Building Services from Scratch - Now that you know how to use Axis2 to generate clients from WSDL as described in the document before, this document digs a little deeper, showing you how to create services, and how to create both services and clients "from scratch", so to speak.
  • Samples - The Axis2 Standard Distribution provides a number of samples you can use as a guide for implementing specific features and capabilities. These services are listed in this document along with basic introductions for each one.
  • For Further Study - This section lists resource documents for further study.
    • POJO Web Services using Apache Axis2-This guide will show you how to create a Plain Old Java Object (POJO) for deploying using Apache Axis2 on Apache Tomcat. POJOs are fast to build and easy to maintain, which means you'll save a lot of time building and debugging your code
    • Axis2 Quick Start Guide-The purpose of this guide is to get you started on creating services and clients using Axis2 as quickly as possible. It demonstrates how to create Web services using a variety of different technologies.</>
Also see our FAQ page to answer those common questions in mind.

How To

This section deals with more advanced topics including Axis2 support features such as Transports, Attachments, Pluggable Data Binding, Security, and REST Web services in detail.

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  • Advanced User's Guide - A quick start user's guide for more experienced users and developers on how to install, create Web services and Web service clients using Axis2.
    • Introduction - Outlines the overall direction of the user guide, with a high level introduction on Axis2
    • Download and Installation - Lists the different distribution packages offered by Axis2, and the installations for the standalone and as part of a J2EE servlet container methods.
    • Creating a new Web Service with Code Generation - Axis2 provides two ways to create new Web Services: using code generation and XML based primary APIs. This section explains how to start from a WSDL, and create a new Service with code generation
    • Writing Web Services Using Axis2's Primary APIs - Explains how to create new Web Services using XML based primary APIs
    • Writing a Web Service Client with Code Generation - Axis2 also provides a more complex, yet powerful XML based client API that is intended for advanced users. However, if you are a new user we recommend using the code generation approach presented below
    • Writing Web Service Clients Using Axis2's Primary APIs - This section presents complex yet powerful XML based client APIs, which is intended for advanced users to write Web services clients
    • Configuring Axis2 - Axis2 configuration is based on a repository and standard archive formats. Here you will find details on how to configure Axis2. You will also find reference documents that lead to greater detail in this area.
  • Axis2 Architecture Guide - Introduction to Axis2's modular architecture
  • Online Java Docs - Java API documentation
  • Reference Library - This document provides additional information to developers on WS-* specifications, Java language specifications, Subversion (SVN) control etc.


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