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|Developer(s)||Apache Software Foundation|
3.2.1 / November 7, 2017
|License||Apache License 2.0|
Apache CXF is an open-source, fully featured Web services framework. It originated as the combination of two open-source projects: Celtix developed by IONA Technologies and XFire developed by a team hosted at Codehaus. These two projects were combined by people working together at the Apache Software Foundation and the new name CXF was derived by combining "Celtix" and "XFire".
The CXF key design considerations include:
- Clean separation of front-ends, like JAX-WS, from the core code.
- Simplicity with, for instance, the creation of clients and endpoints without annotations.
- High performance with minimum computational overhead.
- Embeddable Web service component: example embeddings include Spring Framework and Geronimo.
CXF includes a broad feature set, but it is primarily focused on the following areas:
- Web Services Standards Support:
- JAX-WS API for Web service development
- JAX-RS (JSR 339 2.0) API for RESTful Web service development
- Maven tooling
- CORBA support
- HTTP, JMS and WebSocket transport layers
- Embeddable Deployment:
- Reference OSGi Remote Services implementation
- JAX-WS RI, the reference implementation of the JAX-WS specification, used directly by GlassFish Metro
- The Axis Web Services framework
- Apache Wink, a project in incubation with JAX-RS support
- The JAX-RS specification
- List of web service frameworks