SOA Suite: SOAP Faults in BPEL and Mediator by Martien van den Akker

imageIn the past few months, at our current customer we are having a "robustness project" to improve our SOA Suite implementation. We had a lot of duplication and it turned out that we had a lot of WSDLs in our composite projects. Many of those are a result of BPEL projects from 10g. But some of them weren’t possible to move because it would break the project.

The first projects where I encountered the problem were projects with Mediators. After moving the WSDLs to MDS, most of our SoapUI/ReadyAPI unit test worked, except for those simulating a SOAP Fault. It seemed that the Mediator could not map the SOAP Fault. I searched "me an accident", we would say in Holland. But without any luck. Actually, I can’t find any documents that talks about catching SOAP Faults in SOASuite. Which is a weird thing, because in BPM Suite, sharing the same soa-infra and process engine, there is a preference for SOAP Faults. Because BPM can react with specific exception transitions on SOAP Faults.

So what is this weird behavior? Well actually, SOA Suite, apparently both BPEL and Mediator, interpret SOAP Faults as Remote Faults! So, in BPEL you can’t catch it as a SOAP Fault and Mediator can’t route it in the correct way. What you would suggest from the UI. However, just now I found a solution. That is, I found it earlier for Mediator, but couldn’t explain it. Since the same behavior can be seen in BPEL as well, I can write down my story. Read the complete article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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