Generate Java code from an existing WSDL with Apache CXF

When developing web services, there are occasions when you would like to generate Java code from an existing WSDL document. You might adopt the contract-first approach or just have an existing web service running on a non-Java platform which you want to migrate to Java. You can then start implementing your service from the generated classes. You can use the Apache CXF wsdl2java tool to generate fully annotated JAX-WS (Java EE 6) compliant Java code. Generating the Java code is as simple as:

apache-cxf-2.6.1\bin$ wsdl2java -p -d /home/tommy/ /home/tommy/webservice.wsdl

… where the -p parameter sets the target package namespace to, -d points to the target directory for the generated files and the last parameter specifies the source WSDL path.

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Add Maven dependencies to your Arquillian micro-deployments

Arquillian is a testing framework which lets you write real integration tests, run inside the container of your choice. With Arquillian you will be writing micro-deployments for your tests, small Java artifacts that is, which contains the bare minimum of classes and resoruces needed for your test to be executed within your container. To build these artifacts you will be using the ShrinkWrap API. You don’t have to adopt the micro-deployment strategy of course, but do you really want your whole project classpath available for the test of e.g. a single EJB component? Micro-deployments will isolate your test scenario and deploy to the container much faster than if you would bring in the entire classpath of your project.

When writing integration tests with Arquillian and ShrinkWrap you will probably, sooner or later, run into a use case where your test depend on a third party library. Since it would be very inconvenient to declare all the necessary classes in the third party library by hand, ShrinkWrap provides a way to attach complete libraries to your micro-deployment. If you’re using Maven, the Maven dependency resolver feature is very convenient. The 1.0.0.Final version of Arquillian is using a 1.0 beta version of the ShrinkWrap resolver module. The resolver API has in my opinion improved a lot for the latest 2.0 version (currently in Alpha) and I really recommend anyone using the resolver API to use the 2.0 version instead.

If you want to use the latest resovler API, you have to add it to the dependencyManagement tag in your Maven pom.xml before the actual Arquillian BOM, to make sure the 2.0 version of the resolver module will be loaded first:


To add third party libraries from your Maven dependencies to your micro-deployment, use the ShrinkWrap resolver API to add the necessary libaries to your artifact. In the example below, the commons-io and json libraries are specified with their respective Maven coordinates:

public static Archive createDeployment() {
    return ShrinkWrap.create(WebArchive.class, "fileviewer.war")
            .addAsWebInfResource(EmptyAsset.INSTANCE, "beans.xml")

As you can see, it’s very easy to add libraries from your Maven dependencies to your ShrinkWrap micro-deployments. The behaviour of the ShrinkWrap resolver API can also be customized far more than what was shown in the above example. It is worth noting that in the example, any dependencies of the specified artifacts will be included as well. Transitivity is however one aspect which can be customized further through the API. An example project which uses the ShrinkWrap Maven dependency resolver can be found on GitHub.


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