jaxb, xjc with java 1.4


While doing a xml project, I was stuck with an old java 1.4 that I could not  update😦.

So I used jaxb  with java 1.4 which lacks annotation. Little information on the intertubs so I made this post on howto use jaxb with java 1.4 . Hope it is useful.

You will need  old [JAXB1] libs , compatible with java 1.4.



$ pwd

$ant xjc-compile-1
Buildfile: build.xml

[echo] Compiling the schema (source version 1.0)…
[mkdir] Created dir: /xjc-java14/src/org/xjctest1
[xjc] Compiling file:/xjc-java14/xsd/sample.xsd
[xjc] removing old output files
[xjc] Writing output to /xjc-java14/src

Total time: 3 seconds

///// ANT FILE – please: edit it to your tastes.

<?xml version=”1.0″ standalone=”yes”?>
<project basedir=”.” default=”xjc-compile-1″>
test xjc: generate class suitable for older java, without annotations (eg 1.4)
<property name=”jaxb.home” value=”jaxb/” />
<path id=”classpath”>
<pathelement path=”src” />
<pathelement path=”classes” />
<pathelement path=”schemas” />
<fileset dir=”${jaxb.home}” includes=”lib/*.jar” />
<taskdef name=”xjc” classname=”com.sun.tools.xjc.XJCTask”>
<classpath refid=”classpath” />

<!–xjc compile source version 1–>
<target name=”xjc-compile-1″ description=”Compile xsd 1.0″>
<echo message=”Compiling the schema (source version 1.0)…” />
<mkdir dir=”src/org/xjctest1″ />
<xjc extension=”true” schema=”xsd/sample.xsd” source=”1.0″ removeOldOutput=”yes” package=”org.xjctest1″ target=”src”>
<produces dir=”src/org/xjctest1″ includes=”* impl/*” />

<!–xjc compile source version 2–>
<target name=”xjc-compile-2″ description=”Compile xsd 2.0″>
<echo message=”Compiling the schema (source version 2.0)…” />
<mkdir dir=”src/org/xjctest2″ />
<xjc extension=”true” schema=”xsd/sample.xsd” source=”2.0″ removeOldOutput=”yes” package=”org.xjctest2″ destdir=”src”>
<produces dir=”src/org/xjctest2″ />

<target name=”clean” description=”Deletes all the generated artifacts.”>


//// XSD –  sample.xsd

<?xml version=”1.0″?>
<xsd:schema xmlns:xsd=”http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema”&gt;
<xsd:element name=”helloWorld” type=”HelloWorldType”/>
<xsd:complexType name=”HelloWorldType”>
<xsd:attribute name=”msg” type=”xsd:string”/>

//// TEST CALSS – App1.java

package org.xjctest;

import java.io.File;
import java.util.Date;

import javax.xml.bind.JAXBContext;
import javax.xml.bind.JAXBException;
import javax.xml.bind.Marshaller;

import org.xjctest1.HelloWorld;
import org.xjctest1.ObjectFactory;

//simple class for testing jaxb/xjc
public class App1 {

* @param args
public static void main(String[] args) {
try {


} catch (Exception e) {


//depends on java >= 1.4
private static void testVersion1() throws JAXBException {
JAXBContext context = JAXBContext.newInstance(“org.xjctest1”);
Marshaller marshaller = context.createMarshaller();
marshaller.setProperty(Marshaller.JAXB_FORMATTED_OUTPUT, new Boolean(true));
marshaller.setProperty(Marshaller.JAXB_ENCODING, “ISO-8859-1”);

HelloWorld hello = new ObjectFactory().createHelloWorld();
hello.setMsg(“hello world 1.0″);

String outFile=”bin/out1.xml”;
marshaller.marshal(hello, new File(outFile));
p(“xjc version 1.0 saved in “+ outFile);

//poorman logger
public static void p(Object o){
System.out.println(“[“+new Date()+”] “+o.toString());


/xjc-java14/src/org/xjctest1$ ls
bgm.ser  HelloWorld.java  HelloWorldType.java  impl  jaxb.properties  ObjectFactory.java



<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”ISO-8859-1″ standalone=”yes”?>
<helloWorld msg=”hello world 1.0″/>

$ ls xjc-java14/jaxb/lib
activation.jar  jaxb1-impl.jar  jaxb-api.jar  jaxb-impl.jar  jaxb-xjc.jar  jsr173_1.0_api.jar


[XJC-ANT] http://jaxb.java.net/nonav/2.0.2/docs/xjcTask.html

[JAXB1] download old jaxb libs: http://jaxb.java.net/2.1.2/ (version I used)

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