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XML Naming Conventions (Best Practices)

XML is the base of Web 2.0 development. While writing a web service to integrate products, I learned some best practices with XML naming conventions.

An XML element is everything from (including) the element's start tag to (including) the element's end tag.

An element can contain other elements, simple text or a mixture of both. Elements can also have attributes.

<bookstore>
<book category="CHILDREN">
<author>J K. Rowling</author>
<year>2005</year>
<price>29.99</price>
</book>
<book category="WEB">
<author>Erik T. Ray</author>>
<year>2003</year>
<price>39.95</price>
</book>
</bookstore>>

In the example above, and have element contents, because they contain other elements. has text content because it contains text.

In the example above only has an attribute (category="CHILDREN").

XML Naming Rules

XML elements must follow these nami…

Apache AXIS2 Web Service Client

This article covers details about writing a web service client using Apache AXIS2 API. The article explains the various API using code snippets and covers parameters require by various methods of web service client API.

Apache AXIS2 web service API mainly consists of two type of objects ServiceClient and OperationClient. ServiceClient provides basic APIs to send and receive SOAP messages, for advanced methods you require Operation Client.

To provide target URL you need to define a EndPointReference type of object.

EndpointReference targetEPR = new EndpointReference(http://localhost:8080/axis2/services/helloworld);

Various options can be given to web service client by creating an Options object. The reference point defined is set into the options along with the Transport protocol.

Options options = new

Options();

options.setTo(targetEPR);

options.setTransportInProtocol(Constants.TRANSPORT_HTTP);

Now create a service client and pass these options to service client using setOptions AP…