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Axis vs. SJSAS8 + NetBeans 4.1

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Hi All,

I've been very happy developing Axis v1.1 web services using NetBeans v3.6. The combination works well using the NB embedded Tomcat server.

I was excited about the option of having better Web Service integration in NetBeans and was looking forward to the release of NB v4.1 which provides this embedded WS support.

There were two "gotchas" in this mix, however.

The first is the project structure in NB4 is totally different than in v3.x. It's much better organized and now uses ant to drive all build & distro actions. Unfortunely, all my old finely tweaked ant scripts need a major overhaul to work in this environment. I've still not gotten back where I was with NB 3.x even after weeks of on-and-off attempts to patch things up.

The other issue is NB4 uses the Sun Java System App Server 8 (SJSAS8) for both web service & EJB run/debug support.

My two questions are:
1) Is there a NB v4 template project for Axis-based WS development?
2) What are the major compatibility issues when it comes to WS written for Axis as opposed to SJSAS8? I can still use the embedded Tomcat/Axis system for my WS development in NB 4.x, but I think this will not be compatible with any of the WS integrated support & project templates NB v4.1 provides for working with SJSAS8.

Does anyone have any advice or resources that can help with some of these issues?

Many thanks ahead of time for your help.

Bill Bug
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Though I didnt work on web services with Netbeans but your scenario is very much similiar to WSAD with WebSphere and instead of relying to the web services soap engine provided by specific product like WSAD, NETBEANS, WEBLOGIC WORKSHOP, SUN SYSTEM APPLICATION SERVER, WEBSPHERE etc. we can achieve interopability among .NET, J2EE and other products like above when deploying our web services buy using freely available Apache AXIS versions and doc/lit style web services ...
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