Apache CXF: Interview with Dan Diephouse and Paul Brown

by Tim O'Brien

Three years ago, Dan Diephouse founded the XFire project to provide an alternative to Apache Axis. In the subsequent years, XFire has matured into an easy-to-use, high-performance SOAP stack with first-class support for the Spring Framework: once the challenging newcomer, now the new standard for deploying web services on the Java platform. I recently had a chance to sit down with both Dan Diephouse and Paul Brown of Envoi Solutions to discuss the merger of XFire and IONA's Celtix project into a new project, Apache CXF, currently under incubation at the Apache Software Foundation.

In the following interview, I ask both Dan and Paul about CXF. What differentiates CXF from projects like Apache Axis? How has XFire been affected by the Apache Incubator? And, some questions about corporate support of open source projects?

Read on for the full interview with Dan Diephouse and Paul Brown.