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This article critically evaluates the role of XML binding frameworks play in the context of service-oriented architecture (SOA) platforms, and it also provides an objective evaluation of the popular XML binding frameworks in a J2EE environment. XML binding refers to the mapping of XML documents to/from any suitable internal representation (e.g., object-based representation) that is understandable by the underlying system, and in the process facilitating easy and intuitive access to the data in XML documents. In a J2EE context, this translates to an easier and logically meaningful way of accessing the data in XML documents, rather than using the low-level DOM/SAX parsers. To illustrate, in Listing 1, an order-processing application would find it easy to access Order, Item, and Customer objects rather than using the XML-specific data elements listing each element, its... (more)