Apache CXF is an effort undergoing incubation at The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), sponsored by the Incubator PMC. Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF projects. While incubation status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF.
The goal of the Apache Incubator CXF project is to deliver a high performance, fully featured services framework that is intuitive and easy to use. CXF will also implement important JCP and web services standards. Apache Incubator CXF simplifies the construction, integration, and flexible reuse of technical and business components using a standards-based, service-oriented architecture (SOA).
Using Apache Incubator CXF, services are defined using WSDL contracts and can be accessed using a number of different message formats (or bindings) and network protocols (or transports) including SOAP over HTTP, SOAP over JMS, XML over HTTP, and XML over JMS. Apache Incubator CXF has been designed to provide a pluggable architecture that supports not only XML but also non-XML type bindings in combination with any type of transport. Apache Incubator CXF will also support several programming languages like JAX-WS, JBI, SCA, and CORBA services and is designed for flexible deployment in a variety of containers including Spring-based, JBI, SCA, Servlet and J2EE containers. The broad range of flexibility makes it possible to create and integrate web services and legacy services using a single framework.
Apache Incubator CXF is currenlty under heavy development. To get involved you can subscribe to the mailing lists. You can also grab the code from the Source Repository. You also need to read about Building CXF. For Eclipse users, you should read about Setting up Eclipse.