This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Yes, CXF is a viable alternative to Axis. With CXF you can develop both SOAP and REST web services.
CXF implements both the JAX-WS and JAX-RS standards.
In addition, the latest version of web service tooling in Eclipse now also support CXF.
I’ve looked at a lot of different solutions, and in my humble opinion Aspose is the way to go. Here’s the link: http://aspose.com