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Handling optional attributes in Web Service

Posted on 2011-04-26
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Last Modified: 2012-06-22
Hi, I am invoking a web service using the stub classes. When Axis converts Java object into SOAP request (on invoking _call operation), it also inserts the attributes which Ihave not set with null value. The tag looks like:

<AttributeName xmlns="" xsi:nil="true" />

The problem is that the XSD on the server does not accept "nil" value for the attribute. Either the attribute should not be there, or it should have some value other than "nil".

One way to handle this would be to apply XSLT transformation in Axis handlers to remove unwanted attributes, but I don't find it very clean.  Is there anything else I can do rmeove the unwanted attributes? May be some kind of option in Axis to include only those attributes which have been set in the Java object.

Any sugeestions please?


Question by:LeoKris
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ID: 35465762
Sounds like a problem with the XSD. Are both ends using the same XSD?
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ID: 35465772
What is nillable set to in the XSD?

Author Comment

ID: 35465843
it is set to false. Here is how it looks in the stub classes:

 elemField = new org.apache.axis.description.ElementDesc();
        elemField.setXmlName(new javax.xml.namespace.QName("", "AttributeName"));
        elemField.setXmlType(new javax.xml.namespace.QName("urn:abc:names:xyz:ef:TRAN:2:0", "AttributeNameType"));
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objects earned 1500 total points
ID: 35465871
What version of axis?
Theres a really old possibly related bug https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AXIS-2054

Also some observations here that may help

Author Comment

ID: 35465901
It is 1.4

Author Comment

ID: 35473245
thanks Objects. The link gave a patch to fix this problem. But, my situation is a bit more complex that uses multiple XSDs. So, I am using XSLT transformation (just before signing the SOAP request) to remove the tags which are nill. It works fine.

Thanks for your help.


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ID: 35473250
Though solution did not fix the problem, it helped identify that it is a bug with Axis 1.4 libraries.

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