July 31, 2012

JAXB and Root Elements

@XmlRootElement is an annotation that people are used to using with JAXB (JSR-222).  It's purpose is to uniquely associate a root element with a class.  Since JAXB classes map to complex types, it is possible for a class to correspond to multiple root elements. In this case @XmlRootElement can not be used and people start getting a bit confused.  In this post I'll demonstrate how @XmlElementDecl can be used to map this use case.

July 30, 2012

JAXB - No Annotations Required

There appears to be a misconception that annotations are required on the model in order to use a JAXB (JSR-222) implementation.  The truth is that JAXB is configuration by exception, so annotations are only required when you want to override default behaviour.  In this example I'll demonstrate how to use JAXB without providing any metadata.