10.16. Web Service Clients

10.16.1. Service

Service is an abstraction that represents a WSDL service. A WSDL service is a collection of related ports, each of which consists of a port type bound to a particular protocol and available at a particular endpoint address.
For most clients, you will start with a set of stubs generated from the WSDL. One of these will be the service, and you will create objects of that class in order to work with the service (see "static case" below). Service Usage

Static case

Most clients will start with a WSDL file, and generate some stubs using jbossws tools like wsconsume. This usually gives a mass of files, one of which is the top of the tree. This is the service implementation class.

The generated implementation class can be recognized as it will have two public constructors, one with no arguments and one with two arguments, representing the wsdl location (a java.net.URL) and the service name (a javax.xml.namespace.QName) respectively.
Usually you will use the no-argument constructor. In this case the WSDL location and service name are those found in the WSDL. These are set implicitly from the WebServiceClient annotation that decorates the generated class.
The following code snippet shows the generated constructors from the generated class:
// Generated Service Class
@WebServiceClient(name="StockQuoteService", targetNamespace="http://example.com/stocks", wsdlLocation="http://example.com/stocks.wsdl")
public class StockQuoteService extends javax.xml.ws.Service 

   public StockQuoteService() 
      super(new URL("http://example.com/stocks.wsdl"), new QName("http://example.com/stocks", "StockQuoteService"));
   public StockQuoteService(String wsdlLocation, QName serviceName) 
      super(wsdlLocation, serviceName);
Section 10.16.2, “Dynamic Proxy” explains how to obtain a port from the service and how to invoke an operation on the port. If you need to work with the XML payload directly or with the XML representation of the entire SOAP message, refer to Section 10.16.4, “Dispatch”.
Dynamic case

In the dynamic case, when nothing is generated, a web service client uses Service.create to create Service instances, the following code illustrates this process.

URL wsdlLocation = new URL("http://example.org/my.wsdl");
QName serviceName = new QName("http://example.org/sample", "MyService");
Service service = Service.create(wsdlLocation, serviceName);
This is not the recommended way to use JBossWS. Handler Resolver

JAX-WS provides a flexible plug-in framework for message processing modules, known as handlers, that may be used to extend the capabilities of a JAX-WS runtime system. Section 10.17.1, “Handler Framework” describes the handler framework in detail. A Service instance provides access to a HandlerResolver via a pair of getHandlerResolver and setHandlerResolver methods that may be used to configure a set of handlers on a per-service, per-port or per-protocol binding basis.
When a Service instance is used to create a proxy or a Dispatch instance then the handler resolver currently registered with the service is used to create the required handler chain. Subsequent changes to the handler resolver configured for a Service instance do not affect the handlers on previously created proxies, or Dispatch instances. Executor

Service instances can be configured with a java.util.concurrent.Executor. The executor will then be used to invoke any asynchronous callbacks requested by the application. The setExecutor and getExecutor methods of Service can be used to modify and retrieve the executor configured for a service.