WebSphere 6.1 web service client using SSL

It’s hard to develop web services using native WebSphere 6.1 support without the aid of IBM developing tools such as Application Server Toolkit or Rational Application Developer. Even it’s hard to find, download and install these tools.

IBM provides a bunch of detailed information and manuals on every product, but this fact does not guarantee sometimes an easy way to desired solution.

How to invoke a web service using SSL? The response to this question can be found on many places: IBM Redbooks,  some articles from IBM,  official product documentation… And all of them base the solution on the use of Rational Application Developer to modify XML web service descriptor ibm-webservicesclient-bnd.xmi. This should be fine, if Rational Application Developer were a free tool.

To avoid the use of this product, XML manual modification it’s also possible according to this information. Just only including a reference to a WebSphere Application Server SSL Configuration makes the work:

I’ve never understand IBM’s vision, in my opinion information must be sufficient but not extensive.



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