Creating and Invoking a Web service using GlassFish in NetBeans, IntelliJ, and Eclipse - Part 1

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GlassFish is
supported in NetBeans, IntelliJ
and Eclipse.
I'm starting a 3-part blog that will explain my experience in developing,
deploying and invoking a Web service in each of these IDEs. Today, I start with

I'm using NetBeans 5.5.1
for the experiment purpose but these features are available NetBeans 5.0
onwards. Here are the steps that I followed.

  1. Install GlassFish: Before you begin, make sure a GlassFish
    instance is configured in NetBeans. If not, then it can be added by
    right-clicking on "Servers" in the "Runtime" tab and
    selecting "Add Server" and picking the directory
    location where GlassFish is installed. I configured GlassFish
    v2 b31
  2. Create a project: Create a new
    Web application project
    by selecting "File", "New Project".
    Take all the defaults.
  3. Add a Web service: Right-click on the project name and select
    "New", "Web Service ...". Take the defaults
    and just specify the package name. Click on "Finish" button. The
    IDE creates a template Web service and adds a new Web services node to your
  4. Add an operation: Expand the Web service node and select the newly
    created Web service. Right-click and select "Add Operation" as shown
  5. Implement the logic: Implement
    the business logic
    , in this case returning a simple concatenation of
    strings "Hello " and the parameter.
  6. Deploy the Web service: Right-click on the project and select
    "Deploy Project".
  7. Invoke the Web service: Once deployed, as reported in the Output
    window, right click on Web service name in the Projects tab and select
    "Test Web Service". This brings up a web
    in your default browser to test the Web service. You can view the
    WSDL of the Web service by clicking on "WSDL File" link and invoke
    it by entering a value in the text box. The result
    shows you the result of Web service invocation and SOAP request and
    response messages.

These steps are described in NetBeans help after I searched on "web
service from Java" in the bundled help. Googling
for this term
(along with NetBeans) gave me Create
a Web Service Using NetBeans 5.0 IDE and Consume the Service with Sun Java
Studio Creator 2 IDE
and Web Services
Support in  the NetBeans IDE
. Both the links contain the appropriate
content and provide all the information required for a newbie to get started.

Next, I'll try with IntelliJ IDEA
and Eclipse.

Technorati: NetBeans IntelliJ
Eclipse GlassFish
Web services

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Comments ( 21 )
  • sud Friday, January 26, 2007
    I'm looking forward to the eclipse version of this.
  • Arun Friday, January 26, 2007
    If you have any experience with Eclipse, please feel free to blog about it.
  • Arun Gupta's Blog Wednesday, January 31, 2007
    [Trackback] In this second part of a blog series (part 1), I plan to explore the steps to develop/deploy/invoke a Web service on GlassFish using IntelliJIDEA IDE. Searching in the help bundled with the IDE on "web service from Java" returned...
  • Arun Gupta's Blog Thursday, February 1, 2007
    [Trackback] As I mentioned in my previous post, here are the steps to develop/deploy/invoke a Web service using the Web Services plugin in IntelliJ IDEA. Thanks to AdvancedTools, author of the plugin, for helping me through this process. The Web service...
  • Arun Gupta's Blog Friday, February 2, 2007
    [Trackback] One of the big benefits of JAX-WS 2.0 is that deployment descriptors are optional. By optional, it means no deployment descriptors are required if you can live with the reasonable defaults defined by the JAX-WS specification. So if you develop...
  • Arun Gupta's Blog Monday, February 5, 2007
    [Trackback] In this third and last part of a blog series (part 1 and part 2), I plan to explore the steps to develop/deploy/invoke a Web service on GlassFish using Eclipse IDE. Eclipse does not offer GlassFish as a a bundled...
  • giesen Tuesday, April 10, 2007
    Thank you so much. I just found this via Google. Simple, to the point, and works perfectly. Thanks!
  • Logic blog Sunday, October 14, 2007
    Het creeeren van een webservice in netbeans6 is een eitje, in ongeveer 5 stappen heb je al een simpele webservice.
    Ik vroeg mij af of ik dat ook zo makkelijk kan in idea6. Helaas moet ik concluderen dat dat toch niet zo makkelijk gaat.
    Doormiddel v...
  • hanofee Wednesday, April 30, 2008
  • guest Wednesday, April 30, 2008

    hanofee, A complete screencast of creating a Web service using Eclipse 3.3 is available at:


  • Priyanka Sunday, November 2, 2008

    Dear sir,

    Eclipse is throwing me java.lang.NullPointerException . PLz help me out.

    1. Initially a create a dynamic web project and target runtime is set to GlassFish V2 java EE5 2 and config is set to Default Configration for GlassFish V2 java EE 5 2.

    2 In project facets i have set Dynamic Web Module 2.5, java 5.0 and Sun Deployment Descriptors File 9

    3. then created .jsp file under WebContent folder.

    4. I selected jsp template to be html form .

    5. typed helloworld in body and selected Run on server.

    I have started Glassfish Server from terminal also. But now it is throwing me error call glassfish server not started and the same way it sometimes throws java.lang.NullPointerException.

    Please help me out .

  • Rochelle Tuesday, November 4, 2008

    Hi Priyanka,

    I see you've taken your question to the alias:

    users@glassfishplugins.dev.java.net -- that is the correct place to discuss and I will follow up with you there. Thanks.

  • laptop battery Wednesday, November 26, 2008

    I have started Glassfish Server from terminal also. But now it is throwing me error call glassfish server not started and the same way it sometimes throws java.lang.NullPointerException.

  • dushiyant Friday, July 3, 2009


    I am planning to create a TCP plug-in for Transport (i.e. serializing with TCP format) within Metro service stack on GlassFish using Eclipse. While using TCP/IP, the messages will be typically preceded by 2 bytes, the high byte first, low byte second.

    It will be helpful if you can guide us if there is any provision (in form of API's) with Metro service stack which we can avail for creation of TCP plug-in for transport.



  • Arun Gupta Monday, July 6, 2009


    Metro has support for SOAP-over-TCP as described at:


    Are you looking for something else ?

  • Dushiyant Monday, July 6, 2009


    We are not intending to use 'SOAP/TCP' due to following reasons -

    1. we don't want to use 'Fastinfoset' which is being used by 'SOAP/TCP'.

    2. we want to use TCP with 2 bytes header which is not being currently supported by 'SOAP/TCP'.

    Therefore we are planning to develop a TCP plug-in which can serve us as an alternative to 'SOAP/TCP'.

    Please guide us as how we can accomplish our purpose by using Metro service stack.



  • Charudatt Monday, August 10, 2009

    I have a web service generated by adopting 'Top Down Approach' and it follows SOAP/HTTP transport. Now I have to use SOAP/TCP instead of SOAP/HTTP.

    Please advise how to enable SOAP/TCP now with minimal changes.



  • Arun Gupta Tuesday, August 11, 2009


    Please ask your question at users@metro.dev.java.net for a broader audience.

  • Ko Min Min Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    How to change webservice url dynamically when invoking. I need to invoke a webservice which url is not fixed.

  • Arun Gupta Thursday, May 6, 2010

    Ko Min Min,

    Changing the Web service endpoint location is explained at:


  • guest Thursday, August 11, 2011

    I have started Glassfish Server from terminal also. But now it is throwing me error call glassfish server not started and the same way it sometimes throws java.lang.NullPointerException

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