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Should WSIF(last release 2003) be used for web service invocation?

Prashant Chaudhary
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Joined: Feb 25, 2008
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Hi,

I was about to use WSIF (Web Services Invocation Framework) in my project when I got to know that its last release was way back in 2003 and since then no new version of WSIF has been released.

Question here is should we use it or not as it uses other APIs like wsdl4j, axis etc which have their newer versions being released from time to time.

Also I heard that Oracle is using it in their implementation of Oracle SOA suite, so it get a bit confusing here.

Is it safe to use or it might cause problems in future.

-Prashant
Peer Reynders
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Joined: Aug 19, 2005
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Welcome to Javaranch!

Apache WSIF originated as an IBM alphaworks project that was later turned into an open source project. Oracle currently still uses it in its SOA products. The age of the Apache release suggests that the WSIF/big SOA vision never really gained momentum with the open source community. However Oracle's interest in WSIF is maintained as Oracle is a "big SOA vendor". So investing in WSIF at this point probably only makes sense if you plan to use Oracle's products to realize your SOA vision.

However if most of your SOA consists of data services then WSIF may be of limited value as it is based on WSDL and alternate web service styles may require alternate/newer description formats (like WADL).

Burton sees the future of SOA and it is REST

REST 'ideally suited' for SOA-style data services � Burton
[ February 25, 2008: Message edited by: Peer Reynders ]

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