Matthew, since you seem to have hand built our WSDL, do you have an opinion for Harold?

Any other opinions are welcome!



From: Cheney,Harold
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2004 6:55 PM
To: LeVan,Ralph; [log in to unmask]
Subject: Web Service Development Practices and Tools

I'm interested in thoughts on best practices for developing web services. I'm developing a web service for the ILL system. For my first attempt, I generated the web service using the Axis java2wsdl tool, but I'm not satisfied with the resulting wsdl. I'd like to have more control over element names and order, annotations, and metadata such as whether elements are nillable. Generating the wsdl from scratch would give me control, but it would be a lot more effort. Another option would be to generate the wsdl, and then tweak it by hand.

Does anybody have any suggestions for tools? I evaluated XMLSpy and I like it, but I doubt I can convince my management to shell out the $1000 for it. There are cheaper XML editors, but I haven't seen anything else with the same SOAP debugging capabilities.

Harold Cheney

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.