I'm in the process of re-writing some scripts that are used to periodically ping an existing Soap Server on a unix box and send out email notification of the status of the server if the server happens to be down or unreachable.
The existing scripts are written in perl and I was specifically instructed to create these scripts using a stand alone java app. Are there any pre-existing apps, maybe open source apps which already does something similar to what I'm trying to do?
I don't know of any, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist.
If you use the standard java.mail code to talk to your SMTP daemon, and the Apache HTTP client to talk to the Soap Server, you won't have to write much code, maybe 100 lines. But what is driving this request? If its working in perl, why fix it?
If you are looking for an educational effort, I'd rewrite it in python, rather than Java.