Testing using SoapUI property values, SOAP response capture and no GUI I recently had to analyse the performance of a web service that can be used to upload documents into a database, SoapUI was the natural choice for this but I didn't want to run it from my laptop so I could avoid network transfer times interfering with my results. This meant I had to run SoapUI directly on the server where the web service was running.
Yahoo returns its Weather API to public access, switches to YQL for query Not long ago I wrote that Yahoo effectively shut down its Weather API by forcing OAuth 1.0. After what seems like an uproar by many developers Yahoo reversed it's decision (in a way) and re-enabled public access to the Weather API, but there is a catch. You have to use the new YQL way of fetching data and it seems very slow to respond.
Oracle Database XMLTable vs ExtractValue performance I've been doing SQL optimisation for some of the services at work recently and saw that we've been using EXTRACTVALUE in a number of places. This is not bad in itself, however the Oracle 12c documentation states that EXTRACTVALUE is deprecated and should be replaced with XMLTABLE.
Specifying a default namespace with XMLTABLE I really like the Oracle XMLTABLE feature, which allows you to treat an XML string as if it were a real table. I've been using this feature quite a bit lately and had some difficulties initially around the default namespace so I thought I'd share my findings.
Generate XML Schema documentation the easy way with XS3P I have to work with the CDA XML schema on a regular basis and sometimes it is easier to check things either via a tool that can visualise the schema or through hyperlinked documentation that describes the schema in a concise way. Unfortunately, as I found out, most tools can't handle a complex schema that has multiple cyclic references within it. So what's the solution? Use a tool that doesn't analyse the XSD! This is where xs3p comes in.
JiBX fails to generate Java XML bindings for schemas with circular references I wanted to compare how JiBX stacks against JAXB in terms of performance. From their website, they claim "It also provides very high performance, outperforming all other Java data binding tools across a wide variety of tests.". This sounded great, especially since I've identified that JAXB is a bottleneck. I downloaded JiBX 1.2.6 and proceeded to generate my bindings, only to find that it could not handle my schema.
Performance difference between JAXB and Velocity generating XML fragments One of the peculiarities we've noticed during our recent bout of performance testing at work was how much JVM heap space was being used and immediately garbage collected by one of our web services. The figures were quite staggering, with a peak use of 3Gb to generate the response message in some cases. This was not impacting the performance of the system overall, but still needed investigating as it gives lots of room for improvements.