JSR 261 and JAX-WSA Future

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JSR 261 (Java API for XML
Web Services Addressing, JAX-WSA) has been operating
under the assumption that it would layer on top of JAX-WS
(JSR 224). This enabled us to provide WS-Addressing functionality
without delaying the JAX-WS 2.0 EG. The plan was to later make this JSR into a
required component of a future version of the Java web services stack.

After looking at the current state of JSR 261 and listening to the feedback we
received from community, this API seems to provide a rich and powerful API for
WS-Addressing that is more targeted to stack implementers rather than to the end
developer. In order to simplify the programming model for WS-Addressing for JAX-WS
developers, we are revisiting those initial assumptions at the first available
opportunity, namely the upcoming JAX-WS 2.1 Maintenance Release (MR).

We are converging the JSR 261 specification and API with the upcoming
JAX-WS 2.1 MR. Here is a top-level summary of the proposed changes:

  1. Simpler abstraction of EndpointReference as a first-class citizen in JAX-WS.
  2. Standard way to enable WS-Addresing in JAX-WS using @BindingType.
  3. Various JAX-WS APIs expose/consume EPR.
  4. Action/FaultAction moved from JSR 261 to JAX-WS MR.

The proposals are being discussed with JSR 261 and JSR 224 EG. Since
all the relevant functionality from JSR 261 will be incorporated in the JAX-WS
MR, this would also mean that JSR 261 will be withdrawn from the JCP.

We believe this approach is the right thing to do for the specifications, the
platform and the community. Leave a comment or send your feedback.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Rama Pulavarthi's Blog Tuesday, September 26, 2006
    [Trackback] JAX-WS 2.1 RI EA1 has added support for WS-Addressing. One of the nice things is that, it made using Addressing in Java Web Services easier. Users does n't need to deal with sending/consuming various addressing headers. Thats all done by JAX-WS RI. All...
  • Arun Gupta's Blog Wednesday, October 4, 2006
    [Trackback] "I" in WSIT stands for Interoperability. To ensure WSIT is interoperable with .NET 3.0, WSIT engineers made a third visit to Microsoft headquarters in less than a year. Microsoft hosted the third plugfest at their campus and Sun Microsystems ...
  • Arun Gupta's Blog Thursday, October 19, 2006
    [Trackback] JAX-WS 2.1 RI replaced JAX-WS 2.0.1 and JAX-WSA 1.0 EA2 in WSIT approximately 2 weeks ago. This is where I've been spending most of my time during the past few weeks. With this change, WSIT is now using WS-Addressing functionality...
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