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Below is a list of recent posts.

When you want to transmit binary files over SOAP-based webservices, you have two choices: Base64 or Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism (MTOM). The latter is much more efficient, but also harder to troubleshoot if it doesn’t work at once. Both options have their own typical scenario Serialise the file content using Base64 and include the result right into the XML structure. This is relatevely easy to implement and troubleshoot. It usually works well for small binary files, but as files grow larger, you may run into performance issues.

Last month, I did a talk at GOTO Berlin where I explained the basics of Transport Layer Security. During the talk, the audience asked a few questions through the app. One of them was: “How does Beast work?” and I wasn’t able to answer that one on stage, unfortunately. Since it’s an interesting question, I’ll answer it here. Unfortunately, understanding BEAST is a bit harder than the talk itself…

Recently, Twitter brought the renaming of Ozark to Krazo to my attention. It pulled my attention: I had never heard of either projects, and I wondered what they would be about. Ozark (or Krazo) will be the Reference Implementation of the new Model-View-Controller Specification. This MVC specification, also known as JSR 371, was planned for inclusion in Java EE 8, but eventually dropped. Apparently, this didn’t kill the effort. I was curious to see where the specification (and it’s implementation) would be now.

There are many situations when you need to write a SOAP-based webservice. Maybe you are writing a test dummy, or maybe you got the interface from some kind of architect. (Yes, there are other reasons, too.) And chances are you’ll be using Spring-WS to do this. Recently I was doing that, and I found the following inside the interface definition (WSDL): <element name="faultMessage" type="common:FaultMessage"/> <message name="faultMessage"> <part name="faultMessage" element="tns:faultMessage"/> </message> <portType name="someName"> <operation name="searchOrder"> <input message="tns:searchOrderRequest"/> <output message="tns:searchOrderResponse"/> <fault name="faultMessage" message="tns:faultMessage"/> </operation> </portType> That was a rather challenging thing!