The GUI is basically a fully dynamic, single page webapp for quickly invoking webservice endpoints without the need of generating and compiling client stubs or directly writing SOAP xml messages.
You start by typing the URL of the wsdl contract you want to consume (you can provide username and password if required, http basic auth only supported atm):
then you click on "OK" button and let Wise fetch the wsdl, parse it together with any referenced schema and finally present you a list of available endpoint operations:
you select an operation and Wise shows a tree representing the input parameters for that:
you can fill in input boxes with data, enable/disable elements (for nillable ones only) and add/remove elements for collection and list parameters.
Any time, you can preview the SOAP message that would be generated and sent for the current parameters (no actual invocation performed):
You can also switch to the "Options" tab and set the username / password to be used for the invocation as well as an override value for the target endpoint address (which is useful for quickly testing different endpoints conforming to the same wsdl contract):
Finally, you click on "Perform invocation" button and get another tree for the result object:
Should you be interested in having a look at the actual SOAP message that has been received, the "View message" button shows it:
That's all, very simple, yet really effective and quick solution for testing ws endpoints. No need for either writing a single line of code or playing with XML. No external tool needed (besides for your browser). And possibly even more interesting, no special technical knowledge required, so e.g a business analyst might validate WS service results without bugging the developer who worked on it ;-) (keep in mind that in most scenarios, exposing a simple test WS endpoint is basically a matter of adding a single @WebService annotation on a POJO or EJB3 class...)
Building and installing
Then unpack the downloaded archive, start JBoss AS 7 (7.1.0 or greater) and simply run:
mvn clean package jboss-as:deploy
Finally start your favorite browse and hit http://localhost:8080/wise-gui address (assuming JBoss AS is bound to localhost:8080)
The application is undeployed by running: