Interface21 released Spring Web Services 1.0, a Java-based framework for managing SOAP and Plain Old XML (POX) web services. One of primary design goals was to make the web service best practices also the easiest practices, so Spring-WS uses a contract-first, document-driven approach to provide more flexibility and avoid common interoperability issues in creating and consuming web services. In Spring-WS, loose coupling between the web services contract and implementation, allows developers to manipulate the XML payload in multiple ways. Spring-WS supports standard JAXP APIs including DOM, SAX, and StAX, as well as JDOM, dom4j, XOM, or even marshalling technologies. Spring WS also includes a separate Object/XML Mapping module to support JAXB 1 and 2, Castor, XMLBeans, JiBX, and XStream. The Object/XML Mapping module can also be used in non-web services code.
Interface21 is well known for the popular Spring Framework, the layered Java application framework created by Interface21's CEO, Rod Johnson. In a statement from company, Rod explained the importance of modularity in the design of Spring Web Services: "With Spring Web Services 1.0, we have applied these same modular design concepts in order to deliver advanced integration and a more flexible, powerful programming model to developers working with sophisticated Web services."
Spring-WS was developed with Apache's Maven software project management tool and is licensed under the Apache license. It's available for download at springframework.org/download.