Archive for June, 2008

WID 6.1.2 launch problem

June 30, 2008 1 comment

Having to migrate to Vista, I took this opportunity to upgrade my Websphere Integration Developer to the latest and greatest WID 6.1.2 just released by IBM. And the first immediate problem I’ve encoutered – it just would not startup! Every try to start WID gets the error with printout of all the startup parameters:

JVM termintaed. Exit code =1

I have scanned all the newsgroups – apparently this problem existed before this release in other IBM and Eclipse based products. IBM support site suggests it may be due to the java cache and -Xshareclasses flag:

Rational Software Development Platform desktop product fails to launch

And numerous newsgroups publishing workarounds:
Java Ranch

The solution for the new WID 6.1.2 was to clear out eclipse.ini from all the arguments leaving only 2 lines specifying the jdk to call:


And Wow – it’s starting up.

I have played with all the parameters by adding/removing them from eclipse.ini and the offending one was – Xmx1024m, specifying the maximum java heap. (decreasing it to 512m – helped in my case) Looks like launcher tries to start up few java processes and exhausted the RAM available on the laptop.

Anyways just clear out eclipse.ini and leave 2 line – it will work with defaults.


wsdl.exe generator for WSDL with modeled soap faults

June 25, 2008 Leave a comment

Here is common problem with faults modeled using WSCF (WebServiceContractFirst) tool – while trying to generate C# Proxy for a webservice WSDL, I have kept getting the following error:

Error: Unable to cast object of type ‘System.Xml.XmlElement’ to type ‘System.Web

After a careful investigation of WSDL on W3C, I have discovered that the the bogus definition ( that wsdl.exe can’t understand)  was in fault section of the binding:

<binding name=”SOAServices type=”tns:SOAServicesInterface“>

 <soap:binding transport=”“/>

  <operation name=”ValidateUser“>

      <soap:operation soapAction=”soa:validateUserIn style=”document“/>


             <soap:body use=”literal“/>



             <soap:body use=”literal“/>


       <fault name=”ValidateUserFault“>

          <soap:body use=”literal“/>




Replacing the definition to include soap:fault instead of soap:body resolves the problem.

<wsdl:fault name=” ValidateUserFault “>

        <soap:fault name=” ValidateUserFault use=”literal“/>


It would have been nice if wsdl.exe will generate more information for the errors, but ….

SOAP integration, testing tools

June 17, 2008 Leave a comment

Free SOAP tesing resources

My favourite Web Service testing tools – collection of links:

SOAPUI java based desktop application for inspecting, invoking and functional and load testing of webservices over HTTP/HTTPS
Microsoft WFetch Lightweight utility tool that helps to send any HTTP/HTTPS traffic including SOAP.It allows for very granular testing down to the authentication, authorization, custom headers, and much more. Especially useful for for SSL/certificate issues debugging
STORM .NET desktop application used to dynamically invoke web services.
Web Service Studio Express .NET based desktop application for invoking and testing of webservices over HTTP
WSDL Validator Online WSDL validator
SOAP Sonar Personal Powerful Web Services Functional Testing and Performance Loading for Developer and QA personnel developing applications based on WSDL and SOAP
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Checking versions of Websphere FixPacks

June 17, 2008 Leave a comment

Websphere Application Server has a nice utility to check Fixpacks and iFixes installed in the system

  • <WAS_ROOT>/bin/versionInfo.bat  -maintenancePackages

It will print all the version details and information on Fixpacks.

More on versionInfo options: