These services can speak a variety of protocols such as RESTful HTTP, SOAP, XML/HTTP, and CORBA, while working over a variety of transports such as HTTP, JMS or JBI.
Here are some key features of "Apache CXF":
· High Performance
· Intuitive & Easy to Use
Support for Standards:
· JAX-WS, JSR-181, SAAJ, JAX-RS
· SOAP 1.1, 1.2, WS-I BasicProfile, WS-Security, WS-Addressing, WS-RM, WS-Policy
· WSDL 1.1
Multiple Transports, Bindings, Data Bindings, and Formats:
· Bindings: SOAP, REST/HTTP
· Data bindings: JAXB 2.x, Aegis, XMLBeans, SDO
· Formats: XML, JSON, FastInfoset
· Transports: HTTP, Servlet, JMS
· Extensibility API allows additional bindings for CXF, enabling additional message format support such as CORBA/IIOP
· Lightweight containers: deploy services in Tomcat or Spring-based containers
· JBI integration: deploy as a service engine in a JBI container such as ServiceMix, OpenESB or Petals
· J2EE integration: deploy services in J2EE application servers such as Geronimo, JOnAS, JBoss, WebLogic, and WebSphere
· Standalone Java client/server
Support for Multiple Programming Languages:
· Full support for JAX-WS 2.x client/server programming model
· JAX-WS 2.x synchronous, asynchronous and one-way API's
· JAX-WS 2.x Dynamic Invocation Interface (DII) API
· Support for wrapped and non-wrapped styles
· XML messaging API
· Support for CORBA
· Support for JBI with ServiceMix
· Java to WSDL
· WSDL to Java
· XSD to WSDL
· WSDL to XML
· WSDL to SOAP
· WSDL to service
· Web Services Standards Support: CXF supports a variety of web service standards including SOAP, the WSI Basic Profile, WSDL, WS-Addressing, WS-Policy, WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-Security, WS-SecurityPolicy, and WS-SecureConversation.
· Frontends: CXF supports a variety of "frontend" programming models. CXF implements the JAX-WS APIs (TCK compliant). It also includes a "simple frontend" which allows creation of clients and endpoints without annotations. CXF supports both contract first development with WSDL and code first development starting from Java. For REST, CXF also supports a JAX-RS (TCK compliant) frontend.
· Ease of use: CXF is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. There are simple APIs to quickly build code-first services, Maven plug-ins to make tooling integration easy, JAX-WS API support, Spring 2.x XML support to make configuration a snap, and much more.
· Binary and Legacy Protocol Support: CXF has been designed to provide a pluggable architecture that supports not only XML but also non-XML type bindings, such as JSON and CORBA, in combination with any type of transport.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· REST based service creation based on JAX-RS 1.1 standard API's.
· Enhanced OSGi support including individual bundles, configuration service
· support, blueprint enhancements, etc..
· OAuth 2 support.