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Web services using Apache Axis2

SOA is now firmly entrenched in the world of computing. “SOA is not coming; it’s here. There’s a 99% chance some SOA has infiltrated your company already, whether or not you chose to go there,” says Frank Kenney, research director at Gartner Research.

The limitless world of open source has played a pivotal role in web services by providing world-class web services stacks that exceed the quality and innovative aspects of business offerings. Web services are fast gaining pace and TCS Bancs now offers web services stacks as part of solution management.

TCS Bancs Service Integrator facilitates the creation, deployment, publishing, consumption and monitoring of web services to facilitate SOA enablement. TCS Bancs Service Integrator supports open source web services stacks as well as commercial web services stacks.

We support Apache Axis2 as well, i.e. the leading open source platform, that provides the basis for the web services stack and supports both Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Representational State Transfer (REST). It secures the foundation for building a complete web services stack with the help of modules like Rampart/Rahas (web service security module) and Sandesha2 (web service reliable messaging module), providing support for most of all key web services specifications. Apache Axis2 is an effective web service tool in hosting and invoking web services for any enterprise seeking secure business services and faster processing of client requests.

Axis2 has enlarged its scope for developers. This could be implemented as the server for different web services apart from being a core for web services. Axis2’s flexibility and extensibility are two main design criteria that software designers would like to own in their applications. Axis2 has a modular architecture; it meticulously supports the easy addition of plug-ins (modules) that extend its functionality for features such as security and reliability.

This article, approved and published at IBM developerWorks, takes a closer look at the Axis2 architecture and the numerous advantages that enhance your SOA strategy with pictorial representation and sample code snippets. The focus is on how to use Axis2 effectively in scenarios such as hosting and invoking web service, and it provides useful tips to the developers.

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