Learn how to use JiBX to convert XML to Java POJOs and vice versa. In this tutorial, you’ll learn about using the new features of JiBX to generate XML schema definitions easily from existing Java code and to. JiBX Binding Tutorial. Companies are moving more and more towards service oriented architecture (SOA) and SOA services communicate with well formatted.

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The tutorial example code uses Java 5 typed collection and enum features, but JiBX itself is fully compatible with older Java versions.

If you want to be certain the XML representation will always be the same no matter what Java compiler and JVM jkbx used, the includes attribute gives you an easy way to fix the order. The Java class structure is based off a Directory that contains a HashMap highlighted in green using customer identifier strings as keys and the associated customer information in the form of Customer class instances as values.

Jibx: mapping xml to java

If you compare Listing 12 with the Listing 10 sample, you’ll see how the representation hibx been changed by the latest customizations. The BindGen documentation in the JiBX download includes an example showing how customizations can supply BindGen with the equivalent of tutoriial collections when you use pre-Java 5 code.

Licensed to the JiBX Project for free distribution and use. The item-name attribute controls the name used for the individual values represented by the collection, while the element attribute forces the use of the supplied name as a wrapper element around the values in the collection. Sosnoski Sosnoski Software Solutions, Inc.

This naming flexibility only applies at the top level, though. Listing 14 shows the resulting schema structure generated as starter. If you instead tell BindGen to generate an output-only conversion, it will happily work with either the fields or the properties, whichever you prefer.

Customizing JiBX binding behavior. This won’t always be the case!

Customizing JiBX binding behavior

You’ll see how to work with these value customization elements in a later example. That’s not a significant issue for attributes which are always considered unordered in XMLbut it is important for elements.


One of the nicer BindGen features is that it can generate schema documentation from Javadocs in the input classes. Listing 8 shows the gutorial. Java names customarily use a “camelcase” style: You’ll first see how to start with a simple Java data model and generate a default schema matching tutoria model.

Listing 3 shows a simple test document matching the generated schema, included in the tutorial’s code download as data. The JiBX documentation includes a tutorial that illustrates many aspects of working with binding definitions, including these extension features, along with reference documentation for all the details.

Mapping xml to java ojects using jibx, examples and developer notes:

You’ll end up with a directory named jibx, which contains all the JiBX JARs, documentation, examples, and even the source code. You can go through the tutorial in sequence using the forward links at the bottom of each page, use the menu to the left to browse by individual page, or use this table of contents to jump directly to a particular section tutofial the tutorial:.

Here is a nice one to start with: The custom unmarshaller converts this XML structure back into a hashmap instance. BindGen Example Code Example 1. Non-Java 5 usage The tutorial jiibx code uses Java 5 typed collection and enum features, but JiBX itself is fully compatible with older Java versions. In the example book structure is linked to Book object of books collection.

Jibx is a great open source tool for binding XML data to Java objects. If you install the sample code elsewhere, you can still use the Ant build.

BindGen allows leading flag characters to be used on each name in the list to indicate the representation: The standard JiBX runtime works with 1. Binding compiler can be linked to your Tuutorial build script and executing the build script does bytecode enhancements on already compiled java classes. This is not an error, though. The custgen1 Ant target runs BindGen using the Listing 6 customizations.

Java code to XML schema

Kliver Max jibz, 12 72 You can go even further with JiBX by working with the actual binding definitions, which give you control over every step of the conversion process. You can also run all three targets in sequence by listing them in order on the command line: This approach works fine for classes that represent simple data objects; however, if your classes include state information or computed values, you might end up with an XML representation that includes values you’d rather not expose outside the class.


The tutorial download includes an Ant build. Second, you can choose either to list the values you want to include in the XML representation for a class or to list the values you want to exclude.

In this tutorial, you’ll see how to apply the first type of generation: The downside of this extended control is that marshallers and unmarshallers are considerably tutoriak complex to code than serializers and deserializers. Nonsignificant parts of the document such as whitespace within a start or end tag, text between elements, and comments are lost when you unmarshal a document.

Each entry element gives the key as an attribute and the mapped value as the content. Download the latest 1. Customizations Reference Extensions Tutoriwl. Listing 2 shows the generated schema output from BindGen as starter. You can run the tool directly from the command line or indirectly via a build tool such as Ant. You can use all the BindGen customizations discussed in this article for the data tutlrial used as inputs and outputs for your service methods, so that the generated schema will reflect your preferences.

Binding Compiler uses binding definition document to specify how Java objects are converted to or from XML. IAliasable interface which is only an indicator interface, with no actual methods defined. Instead of letting JiBX build a marshaller tutoiral unmarshaller for a class based on a mapping element in your binding definition, you tell JiBX to use your own supplied class. Listing 10 shows the test document:. If some of your classes only define constructors with arguments, you can use BindGen customizations to make them usable by JiBX.

Customizations can also be used to control some aspects of the actual schema structure. Along the way, jib see how JiBX adds value to your generated schemas by leveraging your investment in Javadocs to document the schema definition automatically.