This may be self-serving, but in case this is useful to readers of Code to Joy...
Here is an article on JSR 181, Metadata for Web Services. (I'm the author.)
- There are several JSRs within JAX-RPC and JAX-WS. The article surveys the landscape, and gives the context for JSR 181.
- JSR 181 acts as a facade pattern for JAX-WS: an easy interface for common WS tasks.
- With the use of annotations, JAX-WS joins EJB, Seam and Guice in the rising tide against XML configuration.
- Simple examples are provided, requiring only Java 6 and Ant 1.6.x