Java Ninja Chronicles By Norris Shelton

Things I learned in the pursuit of code

Creating a SOAP client for a SOAP web service is very straight forward when using CXF. Given a WSDL url or a WSDL file, create a project with a pom.xml containing the following:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project xmlns=""




When you run mvn compile, it will generate classes in the generated-sources/cxf directory.

The next step is to use the service client. The normal usage pattern is below. The service is instantiated, then the port is retrieved.


import org.junit.Test;

import javax.xml.datatype.XMLGregorianCalendar;
import java.util.List;

import static org.junit.Assert.assertNotNull;

 * @author norris.shelton
public class TestRightNowSyncService {

    public void testName() throws Exception {
        RightNowSyncService rightNowSyncService = new RightNowSyncService();
        RightNowSyncPort rightNowSyncPort = rightNowSyncService.getRightNowSyncPort();

        XMLGregorianCalendar metaDataLastChangeTime = rightNowSyncPort.getMetaDataLastChangeTime();

        List<MetaDataClass> metaDataClasses = rightNowSyncPort.getMetaData();


April 1st, 2015

Posted In: CXF, Java, java ninja, Javaninja, Maven, SOAP

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UPDATE: THANKS to attel in the comments below, THIS NOW WORKS. I was using the response context object, when I should have been using the request context.

I have a case where the test system is going to be different than the production system. I started with the following in my Springframework config file:

     Define a cxf endpoint based on client stub generated from a wsdl. It
     is important to provide serviceName and endpointName so the wsdl is
     not needed at runtime. As far as I know the serviceName and
     endpointName do not have to have a special convention but it is good
     practice to use the service namespace and Service Interface name in
     the names
<jaxws:client id="justiceXchangeService"
              serviceName="namespace:service name"
              endpointName="namespace:endpoint name"
              address="my test service address"
        <!--all validation is turned off-->
        <entry key="set-jaxb-validation-event-handler" value="false"/>

This would allow me to inject the client by:

    private ServiceClass serviceClass;

This worked until I had to dynamically specify the service address. I found some documentation that said I should do it like:

        BindingProvider bindingProvider = (BindingProvider) serviceClass;
                       .put(BindingProvider.ENDPOINT_ADDRESS_PROPERTY, "different service address");

UPDATE: THANKS to attel in the comments below, THIS NOW WORKS. I was using the response context object, when I should have been using the request context.

Unfortunately when I checked my logs, I saw that the address in the original request was still the address declared in the spring config file. Changing the binding didn’t work.

I finally ran across using a proxy. Now my spring context looks like:

This caused some changes in my code. The client is now injected via:

    private JaxWsProxyFactoryBean jaxWsProxyFactoryBean;

The dynamic service is address is specifyied and the proxy used by:

        ServiceClass serviceClass = (serviceClass) jaxWsProxyFactoryBean.create();

August 15th, 2012

Posted In: CXF, Java, JAXB, SOAP, Spring

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