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Consuming .NET Web Service from Java

In this blog, I want to show you a couple of things about Web Services. Here is the list of things on my mind.

Creating a web service

First let us create a new project in Visual Studio.NET for web service. Then add classes related to data access and write code for Web Service methods.
  1. Start Visual studio.NET 2008/2005
  2. Select File->New->Website. Select ASP.NET Web service as the type of the project and enter InventoryWS as the name of the project. Visual Studio provides Service.cs and Service.asmx files along with others. Delete these two files.
  3. We add a new web service to the project using Website -> Add new item -> Web Service and enter name as InventoryService. Visual Studio creates InventoryService.aspx in root directory and InventoryService.cs in App_Code directory.
We will write code for web service later. First let us create DAL to access database.

Creating Data Access Layer

Data Access Layer is set of classes used to access database. We centralize the entire data access to DAL. In this project we create two classes to represent data.

I am using PRODUCTS table, which is created by me in MSDB database of Sql Server Express Edition. You have to do the same in your system. Create PRODUCTS table with the following structure.

PRODID    - int  (Primary key)
prodname  - varchar(50)
price     - money
qoh       - int
remarks   - varchar(200)
catcode   - varchar(10)

Add some rows to PRODUCTS table.

Add a class to the project using Website-> Add New Item -> Class and enter name as Product. Here is the code for Product.cs.

using System;
using System.Web.Services;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;

public class Product
    private int prodid, qty;    
    private string name, remarks;
    private double price;

    public int Qty
        get { return qty; }
        set { qty = value; }

    public int Prodid
        get { return prodid; }
        set { prodid = value; }

    public string Remarks
        get { return remarks; }
        set { remarks = value; }
    public string Name
        get { return name; }
        set { name = value; }

    public double Price
        get { return price; }
        set { price = value; }
Add connection string in connectionStrings section of web.config as follows.
    <add  name="msdbcs"  connectionString="data source=localhost\sqlexpress;integrated security=true;Initial Catalog=msdb"
              providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />
  </connectionStrings >
Add Database.cs class and enter the following code.
using System.Web.Configuration;
public class Database
    public static string ConnectionString
            return WebConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["msdbcs"].ConnectionString;
Now create ProductDAL, which contains static methods for operations related to PRODUCTS table as follows.
using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Collections.Generic;
public class ProductsDAL
    public static List GetAllProducts()
        SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(Database.ConnectionString);
        SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("select * from products", con);
        SqlDataReader dr = cmd.ExecuteReader();
        List products = new List();
        while (dr.Read())
            Product p = new Product();
            p.Prodid = (int)dr["prodid"];
            p.Name = dr["prodname"].ToString();
            p.Remarks = dr["remarks"].ToString();
            p.Qty = (int)dr["qoh"];
            p.Price = Convert.ToDouble(dr["price"]);
        return products;

    public static Product GetProduct(int prodid)
        SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(Database.ConnectionString);
        SqlCommand  cmd = new SqlCommand("select * from products where prodid = @prodid", con);
        cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@prodid", prodid);
        SqlDataReader dr = cmd.ExecuteReader();
        if (dr.Read())
            Product p = new Product();
            p.Prodid = (int) dr["prodid"];
            p.Name = dr["prodname"].ToString();
            p.Remarks = dr["remarks"].ToString();
            p.Qty = (int) dr["qoh"];
            p.Price =  Convert.ToDouble (dr["price"]);
            return p;

        else  // product not found
            return null;

Using DAL in Web Service

Now let us write code in web service, which makes use of DAL. It is always better you separate data access code into DAL so that other parts of the application do not depend on data access. They access database through DAL.

Write the following code in InventoryService.cs.

using System;
using System.Web.Services;
using System.Collections.Generic;

[WebService(Namespace = "")] 
[WebServiceBinding(ConformsTo = WsiProfiles.BasicProfile1_1)]
public class InventoryService : System.Web.Services.WebService {

    [WebMethod( Description ="Returns Details Of All Products")]
    public List GetAllProducts()
        return ProductsDAL.GetAllProducts();

    [WebMethod(Description = "Returns Details Of A Single Product")]
    public Product GetProduct(int prodid)
        return ProductsDAL.GetProduct(prodid);


Now we are through our web service creation. Select web service - InventoryService.asmx and select View In Browser option from context menu (right click).

From the page displayed in browser, click on methods and invoke them to test them.

Custom classes and WSDL

Click on Service Description link and you get WSDL for the web service. The following section in that is of interest.
<s:complexType name="ArrayOfProduct">
    <s:element minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded" name="Product" nillable="true" type="tns:Product" /> 
<s:complexType name="Product">
    <s:element minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1" name="Qty" type="s:int" /> 
    <s:element minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1" name="Prodid" type="s:int" /> 
    <s:element minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" name="Remarks" type="s:string" /> 
    <s:element minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" name="Name" type="s:string" /> 
    <s:element minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1" name="Price" type="s:double" /> 

Product class is taken as complexType and its members are placed as sub elements. Collection of Products is taken as an ArrayOfProduct. When you need to access this web service from Java application, we create proxy in Java. Product element will become a class in Java and ArrayOfProduct becomes another class that contains a List of product objects. So, WSDL contains details about custom classes so that clients can generate these classes again on the client. 

Creating Proxy in Java

Now, let us create a proxy in Java to access InventoryService Web Service.
  1. Start NetBeans IDE 6.5.
  2. Select File->New Project. Select Java in category and Java Application in projects. Click on Next.
  3. Enter InventoryClient as the name of the application. Change name of the class in Create Main Class option to Client
  4. Click on Finish.
  5. Select InventoryClient project in Projects window. Right click to invoke context menu. Select New->Other. Select Web service in categories and Web Service Client in File Types.
  6. In the next window, select WSDL URL radio button (as shown below) and enter the URL at which InventoryService is running. Click on Finish. NetBeans creates required classes to access web service.


Write code in Java to call web service

Once proxy is created then we can write code to access web service methods from Java. In fact, NetBeans can do that for you. Follow the steps given below.
  1. Open
  2. Go into main function and click on right button. From context menu select Web Service Client Resources -> Call Web Service Operation...
  3. A window pops up with operations in the web service (shown below).

    Select GetProduct in InventoryServiceSoap12 section. NetBeans automatically writes code for you. Just assign product id 100 to prodid and change code regarding output, to complete the code.

       try { 
               // Call Web Service Operation
                com.srikanthtechnologies.InventoryService service = new com.srikanthtechnologies.InventoryService();
                com.srikanthtechnologies.InventoryServiceSoap port = service.getInventoryServiceSoap12();
                // TODO initialize WS operation arguments here
                int prodid = 100;
                // TODO process result here
                com.srikanthtechnologies.Product result = port.getProduct(prodid);
                System.out.println( result.getName());
            } catch (Exception ex) {
                // TODO handle custom exceptions here
    Lines in bold are modified by me. The rest is provided by NetBeans. That's all you have to do to call web service created in .NET from Java.

    As you can see, NetBeans created a class Product for which information is provided in WSDL.

    Follow the same steps to call GetAllProducts method. Change the code as follows.

    try { // Call Web Service Operation
                com.srikanthtechnologies.InventoryService service = new com.srikanthtechnologies.InventoryService();
                com.srikanthtechnologies.InventoryServiceSoap port = service.getInventoryServiceSoap12();
                // TODO process result here
                com.srikanthtechnologies.ArrayOfProduct result = port.getAllProducts();
                List products = result.getProduct(); 
                for(Product p : products) {
                    System.out.println( p.getName() + " : "  + p.getPrice());
            } catch (Exception ex) {
                // TODO handle custom exceptions here
  4. Now, run to get details of products from Java program.

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Posted By How I Lost Thirty Pounds in Thirty Days On 04-May-09 10:41:29 AM

Hi, nice post. I have been thinking about this topic,so thanks for sharing. I'll certainly be coming back to your posts.

Posted By Turker Akbulut On 12-Nov-09 01:20:27 PM

Thanks for information.

Posted By Karthic On 23-Nov-09 08:47:11 PM

Hi. Excellent post. I've been able to consume a webservice created in .NET using your method. I have one problem though.

I have a username and password which I can set as a part of the SoapAuthenticationHeader. But I'm not able to link this to service or port objects created for me by Netbeans.

Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

Posted By Ayorinde Adunse On 14-Dec-09 08:39:00 PM

Precise,to the point.........very decent post.In one hour i was able to call a .NET service using this example.Thanks a lot and more grease to your elbow.Now i want to go further by calling a .NET service from a java web client.

Posted By venkat On 11-Jan-10 12:51:27 PM

Thanks for information. I've been able to consume a webservice created in .NET using your method.

Posted By Ahmed On 04-Feb-10 12:04:30 AM

an error message returned when i was trying to call the .net webservice

Unsupported Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 Supported ones are: [application/soap+xml]

any help please?

Posted By rybbydiaspolkin On 26-Apr-10 03:48:29 PM

All it certainly is interesting but how to live further?

Posted By Ko Min Minm On 28-Apr-10 01:59:24 PM

How can you change webservice URL dynamically when consuming?

Posted By quaichieu On 19-Apr-11 07:59:42 AM

Thanks you very much. It is helpfull. It is simple when the problem solved

Posted By mohan On 29-Aug-11 08:34:53 PM

i need to Develop a .NET client to access a J2EE web service. please help me

Posted By Radha On 30-Sep-11 11:49:52 AM

i need a program for developing a j2ee client to .net web service

Posted By Mayank On 11-Oct-11 02:41:56 PM

I am not able ato add a webservice to my java application. please help me...!!!!

Posted By riza On 04-Jan-12 07:29:08 PM

Great post, thank you. I am using NetBeans 6.9.1 and Web Service Client Resources -> Call Web Service Operation does not exist in the context when I right click in the main function. Do you possibly know what could be wrong?

Posted By Zeeshan Umar On 20-Jan-12 04:39:40 PM

Nice and detailed post, it was really useful for me as I am trying to call a .net service from java and vice versa to integrate two applications.

Posted By Jignesh Patel On 16-Apr-13 08:10:20 AM

Thnak you very much, it help me a lot.

Posted By rakhi On 03-May-13 06:45:03 AM

Can your java application call a .net methods that returns dataset/datatable instead of list?


Posted By tina On 09-Aug-14 03:47:01 PM

hello, i have created web service in .net using C#. i want to use it in android using sax parser. it should work like one value should pass from android and pass to web service and web service returns response in XML format. now as per value i want that response in android. my question is that how to pass value or parameter in sax parser in android.please help me soon.

Posted By Catalisan Alex On 13-Oct-14 05:57:13 PM

Thanks man, this was very useful. ;)

Posted By chandan kumar On 22-Mar-17 11:08:55 AM

i have a question that is if 'GetAllProducts' method have any number of parameters (eg.- GetAllProducts(String productId){} ) on them, then how do i access this method from java?