I am totally new to WireMock.
Until now, I have been using mock responses using SOAPUI. My use case is simple:
Just firing SOAP XML requests to different endpoints (http://localhost:9001/endpoint1) and getting canned XML response back. But MockWrire has to be deployed as a standalone service onto a dedicated server which will act a central location from where mock responses will be served.
Just wanted some starting suggestions. As I can see WireMock is more suitable towards REST web services. So my doubts are:
1) Do I need to deploy it to a java web server or container to act as always running standalone service. I read that you can just spin off by using
java -jar mockwire.jar --port [port_number]
I'm WireMock's creator.
I've used WireMock to mock a collection of SOAP interfaces on a client project quite recently, so I can attest that it's possible. As for whether it's better or worse than SOAP UI, I'd say there are some definite upsides, but with some tradeoffs. A major benefit is the relative ease of deployment and programmatic access/configuration, and support for things like HTTPS and low-level fault injection. However, you need to do a bit more work to parse and generate SOAP payloads - it won't do code/stub generation from WSDL like SOAP UI will.
My experience is that tools like SOAP UI will get you started faster, but tend to result in higher maintenance costs in the long run when your test suite grows beyond trivial.
To address your points in turn: 1) If you want your mocks to run on a server somewhere, the easiest way to do this is to run the standalone JAR as you've described. I'd advise against trying to deploy it to a container - this option really only exists for when there's no alternative.
However, if you just want to run integration tests or totally self-contained functional tests, I'd suggest using the JUnit rule. I'd say it's only a good idea to run it in a dedicated process if either a) you're plugging other deployed systems into it, or b) you're using it from a non-JVM language.
2) You'd need to configure it in one of 3 ways 1) the Java API, 2) JSON over HTTP, or 3) JSON files. 3) is probably closest to what you're used to with SOAP UI.
3) See http://wiremock.org/stubbing.html for lots of stubbing examples using both JSON and Java. Since SOAP tends to bind to fixed endpoint URLs, you probably want
urlEqualTo(...). When I've stubbed SOAP in the past I've tended to XML match on the entire request body (see http://wiremock.org/stubbing.html#xml-body-matching). I'd suggest investing in writing a few Java builders to emit the request and response body XML you need.
4) Mock Server and Betamax are both mature alternatives to WireMock, but AFAIK they don't offer any more explicit SOAP support.