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    Webservices, Apache Axis Way

    AXIS,is a complete frame work for developing and assessing Web Services.The current stable version of Axis in use is 1.2,though Axis 2 is on the anvil of release.You can find more information and download information about Axis C++ and Java on their official website.

    Axis is essentially a SOAP engine.It is an implemetation of SOAP which provides abstarction from dealing with SOAP and WSDL directly.You can always write webservices without Axis but it will be a very tedious job then.

    Axis2 is SOAP 3.0 which is written from scratch,the intention is to create a more modular, more flexible, and higher-performing SOAP implementation (relative to Apache SOAP 2.0).

    Axis provides a framework for constructing SOAP processors such as clients, servers, gateways, etc. Axis supports both Java and C++.
    But Axis isn't just a SOAP engine -- it also includes:

    -a simple standalone server.
    -a server which plugs into servlet engines such as Tomcat.
    -extensive support for the Web Service Description Language (WSDL)
    -emitter tooling that generates Java classes from WSDL.
    -some sample programs, and a tool for monitoring TCP/IP packets.

    Services provided by AXIS:-

    A soap Engine that accepts and responds SOAP messages. This is deployed as a Web Application on a Web/Application server

    -AdminService : A Web service comes by default in AXIS that helps in deploying/ undeploying another Web Services

    -AxisServlet : A Servlet deployed in AXIS that helps in Calling of another Web Services-API to Access and call any web service (This internally uses javax.xml.rpc)

    -org.apache.axis.client.AdminClient :Tool to deploy a piece of code as web service into the Soap Engine.

    -org.apache.axis.wsdl.WSDL2Java : Tool to generate java stub from a WSDL file.

    -org.apache.axis.wsdl.Java2WSDL : Tool to generate a WSDL file from a java class or interface.



    Deploying AXIS:-

    Download the Axis binary from there website

    -Extract the zip file and locate axis folder inside webapps
    -You can directly deploy the axis into the Web- server ( if it allows you so), by copying the axis into the deployment folder of Web server, e.g. webapps in Tomcat.
    -If web server is running on port 8080 in local machine that axis will be running at http://localhost:8080/axis

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