When you migrate an application using Apache Axis 1.2 from Java 4 or 5 to Java 6 (JRE 1.6) you will most likely encounter a handful of strange SOAP/SAAJ/XML errors and ClassCastExceptions. This is due to the fact that Sun’s implementation of SAAJ 1.3 has been integrated directly into the 1.6 JRE. Due to this integration it’s loaded by the bootstrap class loader and thus cannot see various classes that you might be referencing in your old code.
As mentioned on Spring pages:
Java 1.6 ships with SAAJ 1.3, JAXB 2.0, and JAXP 1.4 (a custom version of Xerces and Xalan). Overriding these libraries by putting different version on the classpath will result in various classloading issues, or exceptions in org.apache.xml.serializer.ToXMLSAXHandler. The only option for using more recent versions is to put the newer version in the endorsed directory (see above).
Fortunately, there is a simple solution, at least for Axis 1.2. Read the rest of this entry »