Dynamically Selecting SOAP Message Elements in WSO2 ESB

Most recently I faced a requirement where I had to select elements dynamically from a SOAP response message which comes to WSO2 ESB. The use case is as follows.

I have a proxy service where I get a request from a client and let's say the request looks like following.

1:  <Request>  
2:      <Values>  
3:          <value>2</value>  
4:      </Values>  
5:  </Request>  

The value can be changed for each request. However when the request is sent to the backend server from ESB we get a response as following

1:  <Response>  
2:      <Events>  
3:          <Event><TestEntry>Entry Val1</TestEntry></Event>  
4:          <Event><TestEntry>Entry Val2</TestEntry></Event>  
5:          <Event><TestEntry>Entry Val3</TestEntry></Event>  
6:          <Event><TestEntry>Entry Val4</TestEntry></Event>  
7:          <Event><TestEntry>Entry Val5</TestEntry></Event>  
8:      </Events>  
9:  </Response>  

Depending on the Value specified in the Request, we need to extract the specified number of event entries from the response (If the value in the request is 2 then we will have to extract two event entries from the response).

In order to achieve the requirement I had to follow the bellow configurations.


Sequence Calling the xslt Transform

Use the xslt mediator to transform the incoming payload to ESB


1:  <sequence name="get_document_list_seq" trace="disable" mlns="http://ws.apache.org/ns/synapse">  
2:   <property expression="//value" name="limit"  
3:    scope="default" type="STRING" xmlns:ns="http://org.apache.synapse/xsd"/>  
4:   <xslt key="payload_transform" source="//Response"  
5:    xmlns:ns="http://org.apache.synapse/xsd"  
6:    xmlns:s11="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/" xmlns:tem="http://tempuri.org/">  
7:    <property expression="get-property('limit')" name="PARAM_NAME"/>  
8:   </xslt>  
9:   <respond/>  
10:  </sequence>  


XSLT Transformation to transform the payload and extract the elements

With the Property set with the name PARAM_NAME which passed to the xslt from the sequence above, will use to determine the number of elements to be extracted.

1:  <localEntry key="payload_transform" xmlns="http://ws.apache.org/ns/synapse">  
2:   <xsl:stylesheet version="2.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">  
3:    <xsl:output indent="yes" method="xml" omit-xml-declaration="yes"/>  
4:    <xsl:param name="PARAM_NAME"/>  
5:    <xsl:template match="/">  
6:     <list>  
7:      <responseList>  
8:       <xsl:for-each select="//Response/Events/Event[position()&lt;=number($PARAM_NAME)]">  
9:         <entry>  
10:          <xsl:value-of select="TestEntry"/>  
11:         </entry>  
12:       </for-each>  
13:      </responseList>  
14:     </list>  
15:    </xsl:template>  
16:   </xsl:stylesheet>  
17:  </localEntry>  

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