[ajug-members] What webservices development+test platform?
Smith, Curt H.
Curt.Smith at nscorp.com
Wed Aug 24 09:17:00 EDT 2005
I'm wondering what other folks have found to be productive tools for
webservices / soap development, browse and excersize remote services.
One of my frustrations with command line Axis / Weblogic generation of
client/server components is that there's no test tool that does an easy job
of browsing remote WSDL's and creating a form for typing up the soap request
parameters etc and showing the soap traffic.
What I've just described is available in Soapscope, an excellent product
that I find much much easier to use than XMLspy's (enterprise edition)
similar features. But it's a separate tool with the license model of annual
subscription that one must keep renewing for $100. Well worth the price if
you have someone else paying for all the tools one ends up needing.
XMLspy is expensive and not that easy to use re browsing WSDLs and using the
generated forms for request parameters or an XML doc for doc-literal. I
feel XMLspy 2003 was easier to use than 2005. For the $$ this tool should
be much nicer than it is I feel.
I haven't had any luck discovering if Eclipse's WTP 0.7 can browse remote
WSDLs. Any experiences out there? What ever features are lurking in WTP,
they don't expose themselves on the menus that I could discover. The
webservice browser seems to be wired to be a simple webbrowser window to
tomcat 5.5, assuming an Axis stack that dilivers a page for all deployed
services. Not what I was expecting. IE enter a URL for a remote WSDL and
launch a window showing methods to call etc etc.
Thanks for a discussion on WS productivity and ease of use tools, especially
for debugging and testing.
csmith at javadepot.com
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