The latest version of the Java Web Services Developer Pack (JWSDP) 1.3 has just been released, here's what's new:
- Final versions of JAX-RPC 1.1 and SAAJ 1.2 supporting WS-I Basic Profile 1.0
- Support for final version of WS-I Sample Application 1.0
- Support for J2SE logging
- Signed JAR files - now useable with Java Web Start
- Enhanced JAXB functiona
The W3C XML Protocol Working Group has published the first working draft of a SOAP Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism or MTOM for short. This specification shows the direction in which the WG is headed to address the handling of attachments for SOAP 1.2 messages.
Use of XML as a format for exchange of information has its plusses and minuses. XML is self describing and lends itself to more loosely coupled information exchange but it is quite verbose and processing it can be resource intensive.