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By using Eclipse TCP/IP monitor, we can check the data flowing through TCP network. TCP/IP monitor placed intermediate to a consumer and a server. The consumer is made to contact with TCP/IP monitor, and it further send the data to the server and will shows on in its Graphical User Interface(GUI).
For example if you, created webservice is deployed using Apache CXF or Apache AXIS, you can able to monitor traffic on TCP connections by using this tool
Thinking that webservice is already up and is available on the port 8080 (My server is Tomcat, So Tomcat default port). If not, please check this article CXF Web Service Tutorial
Configure Eclipse TCP/IP Monitor
First you need to enable TCP/IP monitor (see the screenshot) in Eclipse IDE (Windows –> Preferences –> Run/Debug –> TCP/IP Monitor), then click Add button in the left side menu.
Steps (Please see the following screen shot)
- Set Listen Port # as 8081 ( Assuming that port 8081 is free on your system )
- Leave Target Hostname as 127.0.0.1
- Set Target Port # as 8080
Now click the OK button and then click the Start button on the left side menu. For monitoring the request/response we need to invoke the service. So just run the following client for simulating.