API for XML Web Services (JAX-WS) provides a complete API to develop and invoke Web services over multiple transports (for example HTTP). NetBeans IDE provides first-class support for developing and invoking a JAX-WS based Web service. The missing piece is functional/compliance/load testing of the Web service. That's wheresoapUI helps.

soapUI is free and open source desktop application for invoking (feature list) and testing of Web services over HTTP. It comes with a NetBeans pluginthat provides all the functionality from within the IDE to develop and test a Web service. After you install the plugin, follow this screencast to learn how to create functional and load tests for a JAX-WS Web service.

Thanks to Alexis for the pointer!

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