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From Dan Diephouse <dan.diepho...@mulesource.com>
Subject Re: Server module refactoring
Date Tue, 22 Jan 2008 02:07:47 GMT
I'll take a look later tonight or early in the morning and let you know 
my thoughts. No need to rush to write something up for me as the code is 
probably OK for now.

- Dan

James M Snell wrote:
> Ok, many changes.  Later this evening (after the kids are in bed) I 
> will write up a note summarizing the changes and will take a first 
> stab at a brief server implementation guide based on the revised code.
> Please take a look and let me know your thoughts.
> - James
> Dan Diephouse wrote:
>> I just took a look at the refactoring. Overall I like it.
>> Some comments:
>> Most of my comments have to do with the ext package. I like the 
>> interfaces for the most part in the top level package. But I think to 
>> some degree the separation which has occurred inside the ext/basic 
>> packages is unecessary.
>> AbstractProvider already includes the concepts of CollectionAdapter & 
>> WorkspaceManager. So why have so many derivative implementations? 
>> There is AbstractProivder, AbstractWorkspaceManagerProvider, 
>> BasicProvider, ExtendedProvider. They are all slight variations on 
>> the same thing and should all be combined into one thing IMO. I was 
>> kind of on the fence before, but after seeing the class 
>> proliferation, think its a bad idea to have a provider implement 
>> CollectionAdapter & WorkspaceManager. It creates an overly complex 
>> code base and will be confusing for users  - i.e. which Provider do I 
>> use? Lets make the typical answer to that question just one answer 
>> unless they have to override some advanced functionality. Then the 
>> process of writing a server becomes conceptually simpler:
>> - Write a CollectionAdapter
>> - If necessary write a workspace manager
>> - Glue it together with a ServiceContext and a provider
>> See how this eliminates a step and confusion from the process?
>> Along these lines:
>> - ExtendedWorkspaceManager -> WorkspaceManagerImpl, 
>> SimpleWorkspaceInfo -> WorkspaceImpl (I personally like Impl better, 
>> but whatever)
>> - Collapse NamedCollectionAdapter into CollectionAdapter
>> - Delete AbstractWorkspaceManagerProvider, 
>> AbstractNamedCollectionAdapter, redundant Basic* stuff, etc
>> And see how many classes can be removed? :-)
>> Other comments:
>> - Can we please move to TestNG or JUnit4? The test code to deal with 
>> servers is fairly hackish and this would alleviate that.
>> - I find the code style a little unreadable. I'm hesitant to bring it 
>> up though as its a neverending battle. If I had two wishes though 
>> they would be that we don't break constrcutor/method lines unless 
>> necessary and we move to 4 spaces :-)
>> I have more thoughts, but I need to hop on a plane. Nice work James 
>> and looking forward to digging in more soon.
>> - Dan
>> -- 
>> Dan Diephouse
>> MuleSource
>> http://mulesource.com | http://netzooid.com/blog

Dan Diephouse
http://mulesource.com | http://netzooid.com/blog

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