Tuesday Feb 06, 2007

ClassLoader Magic - JAX-WS/JAXB 2.1 on JDK6 Without Using Endorsed Standards

Picture with ClassLoader's Magic

Since Java SE 6 includes JAX-WS 2.0 and JAXB 2.0 the straight-forward way to upgrade to the updated maintenance specifications requires using endorsed standards. But Kohsuke has figure out a way to apply some ClassLoader Magic so that this is not necessary. The result is a transparent experience.

ClassLoaders have always been part of the trickiest part of the Java platform; see for example this report from the First JavaOne; I'm looking forward to having a moment to read carefully Kohsuke's description.