Thursday, March 22, 2007

Enunciate 1.0

Web Cohesion is pleased to announce the release of Enunciate 1.0.

Enunciate is an open-source Web service deployment framework. The idea is simple: you develop your complete Web service API in source code. Make sure it's well-documented and that the metadata is correct, but don't worry about deployment descriptors, servlet configuration, packaging, or even interoperability.

From your source code, Enunciate will build a fully-documented, interoperable web application in the form of a web application archive (war file). A consolidated, annotated XML contract is generated at compile-time. Each service class is published as a SOAP endpoint, a REST endpoint, and a JSON endpoint according to the supplied metadata. Enunciate leverages JAX-WS and JAXB annotations, but is not a full implementation of either of those specifications.

Enunciate enables code-first development, but enforces interoperability at compile-time (the "compiled contract" development model). Client-side libraries for multiple platforms are also generated and made available for download from the web application.

Be sure to walk through the getting started guide, where you'll see an example of the straightforward, enabling approach to Web service development that Enunciate facilitates. And the getting started guide is more than just a "Hello, World" example; it's got multiple services, complex objects, web faults, and binary attachments.

1.0 is only the first public release version of Enunciate; there are a lot more features planned on the roadmap.