Tuesday, 2 June 2009

JavaFX On Linux

After what seems like a long wait, JavaFX v1.2 is available for Linux. You can get it from the main JavaFX Site here. At the time of writing the link still showed v1.1 of the SDK, but click it and you will see that it is in fact 1.2

I shall post my musings when I get time to try it out.

Happy coding!

Friday, 8 May 2009

Axis Named Parameters

Axis makes creating web services fairly straight forward, but I came across something a little unexpected recently when programming a new web service. I was writing a very straight forward web service to return an address for a given name and post code. The initial WSDL looked like this (note this is only a snippet to show the relevant part):

As you can see, the service takes three parameters; firstName, lastName and postCode. Once I had completed and finished debugging the web service I deployed it. However, after the final deployment, I noticed that the WSDL had changed:

As you can see, the parameters are no longer named and have been replaced with generic names of in0, in1 and in2. So why did the parameter names change all of a sudden?

After a bit of head scratching and searching I figured it out. Whilst developing the web service I had been compiling the Java code with debugging enabled (-g flag), but once I had finished and was deploying the final version I switched off debugging. Axis uses the debugging symbols in the bytecode to determine the parameter names. Without this, it reverts to the generic parameter names.

I think from now on I will just leave debugging enabled!