The world IS getting simpler :) The other day I figured out how to get the stand alone version of the Web Service magic in the Sun JEE 5 server ("Glassfish") to work in both Jetty 6 and Tomcat 6 as hinted in the documentation at https://metro.dev.java.net/1.4/.
The whole idea is that you annotate your Java class according to JSR-109 resulting in a class that looks like:

public class Ping {

@javax.jws.WebMethod(action = "doPing")
public String doPing() {
return "pong";

The above is valid code under Java 6!

Create a WAR file with the Java class compiled to 1.5 bytecode, and a few annotations in the web.xml file plus a sun-jaxws.xml file providing a mapping between URL's and code. Put the four runtime classes of Metro in the classpath of the web container and start it with the IBM Classic JVM (version 5), and deploy the War file to the web container. That's it :)
I am still getting acquainted with the software, but thought that it might be interesting to the list.

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