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From "Stephen McConnell" <mcconn...@apache.org>
Subject RE: Resolver package--Please post your thoughts
Date Tue, 12 Feb 2002 22:11:50 GMT


Here are my thoughts concerning the Resolver.

Comparative table for Resolver/CM/SM

  CM/SM provides lookup based on String
  Resolver provides lookup based on String and Query

              |  args         args
              |  lookup       hasThing   release
    Resolver  |  String       -          Token.release
              |  Query        Query      Token.release
    CM        |  String       String     Component
    SM        |  String       String     Object

  Primary difference

  1. Resolver has exposure of a Query argument and Token
     return structure exposed on the interface.

  2. Resolver releases references via the token
     whereas CM/SM release references based on
     the object/component reference.

Resolver as an extension of Serviceable/ServiceManger

What's missing/different?

  1. Lookup on SM returns an object which could be a Token
     (no problem), however an additional lookup( Query )
     would be needed.

  2. hasObject on SM takes an Object as an argument and returns
     a single boolean whereas Resolver returns a boolean[]
     (that's a problem but could be solved with a different

  3. SM allows decommission of a object using remove( Object )
     This isn't exposed in the Resolver interface because objects
     are removed relative to a Token.  This can be handled by
     an implementation.

Does is make sense for Resolver to extend Service manager - I
think its workable and makes sense in terms of maintaining the
current CM/SM object model.

   interface Resolver extends ServiceManager
       public Token lookupToken( Query );
       public boolean[] hasReference( Query );

   interface Resolvable extends Serviceable
       public void setResolver( Resolver resolver );


My assumption is that your real needs over and above SM is that
you want to package a collection of references that can be
collectively removed (hence the declaration of Query and Token).
Is that a fair and reasonable conclusion?  Can Resolvable re
re-cast as an extension of SM - yes it can.  What the
benefit?  Maintenance of the CM/SM object model (which I happen
to like a lot, suits my needs, its simple and works well, and
most importantly - ensures a smooth consistent migration path).

Cheers, Steve.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Berin Loritsch [mailto:bloritsch@apache.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, 12 February, 2002 19:43
> To: avalon-dev@jakarta.apache.org
> Subject: Resolver package--Please post your thoughts
> I have tried to address all the shortcommings of the
> ComponentManager/ComponentSelector
> approach in the Resolver package.  (located in Avalon Framework
> src/proposals directory).
> If you find that this package does *not* support your needs, or
> appears clumsy/difficult
> to use, please air your grievances now.
> Please either take the approach of fine-tuning the interfaces or
> of providing an alternative.
> It also helps when you state the reasons why you beleive your
> alternative is better :)
> Since everyone is keen on removing the necessity of marker
> interfaces sooner than later,
> I want a smooth migration path.  That means that we need a
> replacement for Component
> resolution (without the Component interface).
> It also means that we should do the following:
> * Promote ComponentHandler interface and implementations to Framework
> * Provide standard mechanism for registering a Component with a handler
>     - ComponentInfo? (like BlockInfo)
>     - Manifest entries?
>     - Other?
> * Finalize Resolver framework, or whatever the replacement ends up being
> If this seems like a winning migration path, and we really like
> this approach, we can make
> it a part of Framework 4.2 or something like that.  It is
> important that we have working
> implementations though.
> --
> "They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
>   deserve neither liberty nor safety."
>                  - Benjamin Franklin
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