Apache CXF is an open source services framework. CXF helps you build and develop services using frontend programming APIs, like JAX-WS and JAX-RS. These services can speak a variety of protocols such as SOAP, XML/HTTP, RESTful HTTP, or CORBA and work over a variety of transports such as HTTP, JMS or JBI.

Apache CXF is an open-source,  fully featured Web services framework. It originated as the combination of two open-source projects: Celtix developed by IONA Technologies (acquired by Progress Software in 2008) and XFire developed by a team hosted at Codehaus. These two projects were combined by people working together at the Apache Software Foundation and the new name CXF was derived by combining "Celtix" and "XFire".

The CXF key design considerations include:

• Clean separation of front-ends, like JAX-WS, from the core code.

• Simplicity with, for instance, the creation of clients and endpoints without annotations.

• High performance with minimum computational overhead.

• Embeddable Web service component: example embeddings include Spring Framework and Geronimo.

CXF is often used with Apache ServiceMix, Apache Camel and Apache ActiveMQ in service-oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure projects.

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