This tutorial will take you through the steps required in developing, deploying and testing a Web Service in Apache Geronimo. After completing this tutorial you should be able to understand how to develop simple JAX-RPC compliant web services in Apache Geronimo using Eclipse development environment.

We also wont be focusing very much on developing client for JAX-RPC services as the client stubs generated are very close to that of JAX-WS.

JAX-WS Web Services

If you are new to Web Services, it is strongly recommended that you use JAX-WS 2.0 instead of JAX-RPC. JAX-WS 2.0 comes with many new features not supported by JAX-RPC.

Theoretically JAX-RPC maps to J2EE 1.4 whereas JAX-WS maps to Java EE 5. So JAX-WS leverages the full potential of annotations and other new features which simplifies the application development a lot.

Migrating from JAX-RPC to JAX-WS

If you are looking for how to migrate from JAX-RPC to JAX-WS, refer the following tutorial Migrating from JAX-RPC to JAX-WS.

The above tutorial does not go into details on why these changes are required and the concepts behind it, it is rather a quick note that helps you to deal with migrating your application from the older web service stack to new stack.

To run this tutorial, as a minimum you will be required to have installed the following prerequisite software.

Details on installing eclipse are provided in the Development environment section. This tutorial will take you through the following steps:


Setting Up Eclipse for Application Development

  1. Create a Dynamic Web Project

This completes the configuration of Eclipse for application development.

Creating the Web Services Implementation code

  1. Right click on JavaRsources:src and select New->Package

  2. Name the package to org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc and click Finish

  3. Right click on the new package and select New->Interface

  4. Name the interface as Converter and click Finish

  5. Add the following code to the Converter class Converter.javasolid package org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc; import java.math.BigDecimal; import java.rmi.Remote; import java.rmi.RemoteException; public interface Converter extends Remote{ public BigDecimal dollarToRupees(BigDecimal dollars) throws RemoteException; public BigDecimal rupeesToEuro(BigDecimal rupees) throws RemoteException; }
  1. Right click on the new package and select New->Class

  2. Name the class as ConverterImpl and click Finish

  3. Add the following code to the ConverterImpl class ConverterImpl.javasolid package org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc; import java.math.BigDecimal; import java.rmi.RemoteException; public class ConverterImpl implements Converter{ private BigDecimal rupeeRate = new BigDecimal("40.58"); private BigDecimal euroRate = new BigDecimal("0.018368"); public BigDecimal dollarToRupees(BigDecimal dollars) throws RemoteException { BigDecimal result = dollars.multiply(rupeeRate); return result.setScale(2, BigDecimal.ROUND_UP); } public BigDecimal rupeesToEuro(BigDecimal rupees) throws RemoteException { BigDecimal result = rupees.multiply(euroRate); return result.setScale(2, BigDecimal.ROUND_UP); } }

This completes the development of Web Services implementation code.

Service Endpoint Requirement

According to JAX-RPC specification, RPC Endpoint should extend Remote Class.

Setting Up the Deployment Descriptor and Deployment Plan

WSDL file

As for JAX-WS services, WSDL file is automatically created by Geronimo at deploy time. There is no such facility for RPC services.

Converter.wsdlsolid <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <wsdl:definitions xmlns="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/wsdl/" xmlns:soap="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/wsdl/soap/" xmlns:tns="http://org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc/" xmlns:x1="http://org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc/types" xmlns:wsdl="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/wsdl/" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" targetNamespace="http://org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc/" name="Converter"> <wsdl:message name="dollarToRupeesRequest"> <wsdl:part name="in" type="xsd:decimal" /> </wsdl:message> <wsdl:message name="dollarToRupeesResponse"> <wsdl:part name="out" type="xsd:decimal" /> </wsdl:message> <wsdl:message name="rupeesToEuroRequest"> <wsdl:part name="in" type="xsd:decimal" /> </wsdl:message> <wsdl:message name="rupeesToEuroResponse"> <wsdl:part name="out" type="xsd:decimal" /> </wsdl:message> <wsdl:portType name="Converter"> <wsdl:operation name="dollarToRupees"> <wsdl:input message="tns:dollarToRupeesRequest" name="dollarToRupeesRequest"/> <wsdl:output message="tns:dollarToRupeesResponse" name="dollarToRupeesResponse" /> </wsdl:operation> <wsdl:operation name="rupeesToEuro"> <wsdl:input message="tns:rupeesToEuroRequest" name="rupeesToEuroRequest" /> <wsdl:output message="tns:rupeesToEuroResponse" name="rupeesToEuroResponse" /> </wsdl:operation> </wsdl:portType> <wsdl:binding name="ConverterSOAPBinding" type="tns:Converter"> <soap:binding style="rpc" transport="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/http" /> <wsdl:operation name="dollarToRupees"> <soap:operation soapAction="" style="rpc" /> <wsdl:input name="dollarToRupeesRequest"> <soap:body use="literal" namespace="http://org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc/"/> </wsdl:input> <wsdl:output name="dollarToRupeesResponse"> <soap:body use="literal" namespace="http://org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc/"/> </wsdl:output> </wsdl:operation> <wsdl:operation name="rupeesToEuro"> <soap:operation soapAction="" style="rpc" /> <wsdl:input name="rupeesToEuroRequest"> <soap:body use="literal" namespace="http://org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc/"/> </wsdl:input> <wsdl:output name="rupeesToEuroResponse"> <soap:body use="literal" namespace="http://org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc/"/> </wsdl:output> </wsdl:operation> </wsdl:binding> <wsdl:service name="ConverterService"> <wsdl:port binding="tns:ConverterSOAPBinding" name="ConverterPort"> <soap:address location="http://localhost:8080/jaxrpc-converter/ConverterPort" /> </wsdl:port> </wsdl:service> </wsdl:definitions> jaxrpcmapping.xmlsolid <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <java-wsdl-mapping xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" version="1.1"> </java-wsdl-mapping> webservices.xmlsolid <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <webservices xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee" version="1.1"> <webservice-description> <webservice-description-name>JAX-RPC Converter Service</webservice-description-name> <wsdl-file>WEB-INF/Converter.wsdl</wsdl-file> <jaxrpc-mapping-file>WEB-INF/jaxrpcmapping.xml</jaxrpc-mapping-file> <port-component> <port-component-name>ConverterPort</port-component-name> <wsdl-port>ConverterPort</wsdl-port> <service-endpoint-interface>org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc.Converter</service-endpoint-interface> <service-impl-bean> <servlet-link>JAXRPCConverterService</servlet-link> </service-impl-bean> </port-component> </webservice-description> </webservices>

This completes the setting up of Deployment Descriptor and Deployment Plans.

Let us walk through the files that we created.

jaxrpcmapping.xmlsolid <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <java-wsdl-mapping xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:Converter="http://org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc/" version="1.1"> <package-mapping> <package-type>org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc</package-type> <namespaceURI>urn:geronimo-samples</namespaceURI> </package-mapping> <service-interface-mapping> <service-interface> org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc.Converter; </service-interface> <wsdl-service-name> Converter:ConverterService </wsdl-service-name> <port-mapping> <port-name>ConverterPort</port-name> <java-port-name>ConverterPort</java-port-name> </port-mapping> </service-interface-mapping> <service-endpoint-interface-mapping> <service-endpoint-interface> org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc.Converter </service-endpoint-interface> <wsdl-port-type>Converter:Converter</wsdl-port-type> <wsdl-binding>Converter:ConverterSOAPBinding</wsdl-binding> <service-endpoint-method-mapping> <java-method-name>dollarToRupees</java-method-name> <wsdl-operation>dollarToRupees</wsdl-operation> <method-param-parts-mapping> <param-position>0</param-position> <param-type>java.math.BigDecimal</param-type> <wsdl-message-mapping> <wsdl-message> Converter:dollarToRupeesRequest </wsdl-message> <wsdl-message-part-name>in</wsdl-message-part-name> <parameter-mode>IN</parameter-mode> </wsdl-message-mapping> </method-param-parts-mapping> <wsdl-return-value-mapping> <method-return-value> java.math.BigDecimal </method-return-value> <wsdl-message> Converter:dollarToRupeesResponse </wsdl-message> <wsdl-message-part-name>out</wsdl-message-part-name> </wsdl-return-value-mapping> </service-endpoint-method-mapping> </service-endpoint-interface-mapping> </java-wsdl-mapping>

Deploy and Test the Web Service

Now, we will look into the steps involved in deploying and testing our web service without any clients.


  1. Right click on the Apache Geronimo Server Runtime present in the servers view and select Add or Remove Projects

  2. In the popup dialog, select the jaxrpc-converter project and click Add

  3. Make sure that jaxrpc-converter is in the configured projects list and then click Finish

  4. Wait for some time till the server status is changed to synchronized.


  1. Once the application is deployed on to the server, Launch a browser and go to the following url.
  2. Now you should see the screen telling that this is Converter Web Service

    WSDL File

    You can also view the WSDL file generated by Geronimo based on the annotations specified by going to the following url

Using Web Service Explorer in Eclipse

You can also use Web Services Explorer present in Eclipse to rapidly test your web service without developing a client.
To know how to use Web Services Explorer in Eclipse, one can refer to the Developing a JAX-WS POJO Web Service#Using Web Services Explorer in Eclipse

Changes required in Client

Client Development

Client development is excluded from this tutorial because there is no big difference in creating a client for JAX-RPC Web Service and a JAX-WS Web Service.

You can refer to Developing a JAX-WS POJO Web Service tutorial for further knowledge about how to develop a client for Web Services.

The change you are required to do in the client jsp's are:

ConverterClient.jspsolid URL url = new URL("http://localhost:8080/jaxrpc-converter/converter?wsdl"); QName qname = new QName("http://org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc/","ConverterService"); ServiceFactory factory = null; Service service = null; try { factory = ServiceFactory.newInstance(); service = factory.createService(url, qname); } catch (ServiceException e) { e.printStackTrace(); } Converter conv = (Converter) service.getPort(Converter.class);

EJB JAX-RPC Web Service

EJB JAX-RPC are very much similiar to POJO JAX-RPC we just implemented. Also the most important change between JAX-RPC and JAX-WS EJB Web service are the EJB anotations are not supported.

EJB Classes

These classes that are required by JAX-RPC are according to J2EE 1.4 standards (As JAX-RPC theoretically maps to J2EE 1.4).

ejb-jar.jspsolid <ejb-jar xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee" version="2.1"> <enterprise-beans> <session> <ejb-name>Converter</ejb-name> <home>org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc.ConverterHome</home> <remote>org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc.ConverterRemote</remote> <service-endpoint>org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc.Converter</service-endpoint> <ejb-class>org.apache.geronimo.samples.jaxrpc.ConverterBean</ejb-class> <session-type>Stateless</session-type> <transaction-type>Container</transaction-type> </session> </enterprise-beans> </ejb-jar>

This completes the development of JAX-RPC Web Services. After completing this tutorial you should have a understanding about how JAX-RPC Web Services are deployed.