Web Tools Platform 1.0 Release - New and Noteworthy for Web Services Tools


Below you will find details about enhancements to the Web services tools in WTP 1.0.

Here are the highlights of the changes to the Web services tools since the WTP 0.7 release:

  • The Web service and Web service client creation framework had been updated to be based on project facet. The support for multiple modules per project had also been removed from the framework and from the Web service and Web service client wizards. Refer to the design document for enhancement 108595.
  • The user can create bottom-up Web service, top-down Web service and Web service client using Ant task. Refer to 98921 for more detail. Refer to the Web Service Ant Tasks tutorial for instructions on how to use the Ant tasks.
  • A new page was added to the Web Service wizard to start the server asynchronously. Refer to defect 107141
  • The option to do wizard WSDL validation was added to Web Service wizard for top-down scenario and Web Service client wizard. You can enable it in the Web Service -> Profile Compliance and Validation preference. Refer to 107673 for more detail.
  • The default use and style for creating bottom-up Web service had been changed from RPC encoded to document literal wrapped.

Aside from the items listed above, the focus has been on stabilizing existing function since WTP 0.7 milestone.


The following tutorials demonstrate functionality of the Web Services tools in the 1.0M9 release:


The following presentations give an overview of the Web services tools in WTP, the plugins being contributed and the internal provisional APIs.

Known Problems

Please be aware of the following known problems when using the Web Services tools.  See the associated Bugzilla defect for further details.

  • Creating Web service or Web service client
    • 118623: When creating top-down Web service, if you selected Overwrite file without warning, any existing skeleton implementation bean will be overwritten. Please back up the skeleton implementation bean before creating top-down Web service if the skeleton implementation bean already exists.
    • 119296: When creating top-down Web service or Web service client, make sure that the WSDL file refered by the URI to the WSDL or WSIL document in the Web service selection page is accessible. Otherwise, the Web services wizard would be waiting indefinitely to try to access the WSDL file.
    • 121199: When using the Web Service wizard or Web Service Client wizard, do not use a project that has a non-default project content, that is, one that exists outside of the Eclipse workspace.
    • 121082: When creating a Web service, do not de-select the Intall Web Service checkbox if there's no server in the workspace. Otherwise, the wizard would not advance from the Web Service Configuration page.
    • 119508: When creating top-down Web service or Web service client, if you are entering an URI to a WSDL or WSIL document not in the workspace, make sure that the document is loaded and the table below the URI titled Select a WSDL is populated before proceeding with the wizard. Otherwise, you may get an error message Selection must be WSDL and the fields in the next page may be empty.
    • 118623: When creating Web service client, do not choose to generate Web service client proxy in the same Web project as the one containing the Web service since if you selected Overwrite file without warning, the generated Web service client proxy will overwrite the Web service implementation files contained in the Web service project.
    • 121605: When creating Web service client, the server does not get started automatically if Test the Web service is not also selected.
    • 104993: When creating bottom-up Web service, you might get the exception:
      Unexpected exception occured. Detail: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: javax/activation/DataSource.
      Refer to comment #8 of the defect for workarounds.
  • Web services Sample JSP
    • 119954, 114852: When specifying Test Web service when going through the Web service or Web service client wizard, you might run into an intermittent problem where the generated sample JSP does not compile. The workaround is to restart the server manually and refresh the sample JSP page.
    • 85823: When creating a Web service from Java bean, if you specify Generate proxy and Test the Web service, compilation errors may show up in the server console the first time the server is started complaining about "package org.eclipse.jst.ws.util does not exist". This is a timing problem because webserviceUtils.jar, which contains the class org.eclipse.jst.ws.util.JspUtils, is not added to the WEB-INF/lib directory of the Web project in time for the JSP compile. Despite the error, eventually the sample JSPs come up OK and the Web service can be invoked successfully. 
  • Preference
    • 116025: The Web services Server Runtime preference page currently displays all server types in the "Server" combo box and all Web service runtimes in the "Web service runtime" combo box, instead of filtering them so that only compatible combinations appear. This means the user would be allowed to make an invalid selection without being stopped.
  • Supported servers
    • 119165, 119167, 103999 : The Geronimo 1.0 Server is enabled for the Web service wizard but not yet fully functional due to these significant defects.
  • Web Services Explorer
    • 92429: The Web Services Explorer does not work with the Netscape browser. Change the default Web Browser by using Window -> Preferences -> General -> Web Browser
    • 105089: The Web Service Explorer may run into error opening WSIL files containing Japanese characters. You might get an error indicating that the document "is not a valid WSIL URL or HTML URL" or corrupted characters in the Web Service Explorer WSIL page summary table.
    • 105087: The Web Service Explorer is unable to publish objects with non-English name.
    • 106239: When using the Web Services Explorer with the IBM UDDI Test Registry to add business assertions, you might get an error message stating that the business in not owned by you.