Burlap is a simple XML-based protocol for connecting web services. The com.caucho.burlap.client and com.caucho.burlap.server packages do not require any other Resin classes, so can be used in smaller clients, like applets.
Because Burlap is a small protocol, J2ME devices like cell-phones can use it to connect to Resin servers. Because it's powerful, it can be used for EJB services.
Using a Burlap service from a Java client is like calling a method. The BurlapProxyFactory creates proxies which act like normal Java objects, with possibility that the method might throw a protocol exception if the remote connection fails. Using BurlapProxyFactory requires JDK 1.3.
Each service will have a normal Java interface describing the service. The trivial hello, world example just returns a string. Because the Burlap services support Java serialization, any Java type can be used.
The following is an example of a standalone Burlap client. The client creates a BurlapProxyFactory. The client uses the factory to create client stubs with the given target URL and a Java interface for the API. The returned object is a stub implementing the API.
There are no more complications to using the client. The service can add methods and use any Java type for parameters and results.
While most Burlap services will use Resin-CMP or Resin-EJB, to take advantage of the benefits of EJB, the Burlap library makes it possible to write services by extending BurlapServlet.
Any public method is treated as a service method. So adding new methods is as easy as writing a normal Java class.
Because the service is implemented as a Servlet, it can use all the familiar servlet data in the ServletContext, just like a normal servlet.
Burlap can be used for even small Java devices. The following classes from com.caucho.burlap.client can be extracted into a J2ME jar:
The following example shows the code for using a cell phone as a client. It's a bit more complicated than using the proxy, since the client is responsible for creating the connection and writing the data.
The Burlap classes can be used for serialization and deserialization.