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From Nicola Ken Barozzi <nicola...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [proposal] avalon 5 ComponentManager interface
Date Mon, 17 Jun 2002 09:16:15 GMT

Leo Simons wrote:
>>>making the 2-d to 1-d mapping part of the caller instead of the callee
>>>simplifies the use of the callee where there is only 1-d.
>>C'mon, what do we have java method overloading for? Berin proposed to
>>have both
>> lookup(role)
>> lookup(role,hint);
>>if you don't have any hint to pass, don't.
> the thing with the CM interface is that every container that wants to be
> useful will have to provide a good implementation. The implementation is
> simpler (faster?) if you don't have to provide a lookup(role,hint)
> function. My natural reaction was to declare the method optional (with
> an UnsupportedOperationException option), but it was correctly pointed
> out that this is not very good as you won't know that the framework is
> exactly the same everywhere.
> This is not an issue if the hint is truly an optional part of the lookup
> // impl:
> Object lookup(String role, Object hint)
> { return lookup(role) };

Ok, let's make this clear:

role+hint is *not* a simple way of declaring role="base+hint"

Role: what do do
Hint: *how* to do it

Specifying a role, I just need something to be done, giving a hint I 
also narrow the focus on a specific "way" of doing it.

Please reread my mails on this subject, and comment on those, especially 
the last one with the SSLConection example.

Hints are not part of the role IMO, they have different semantics.

This is why the methid needs to be there, although containers can decide 
   to ignore the hint (they could also ignore the role btw, but makes 
them ever less useful).

Nicola Ken Barozzi                   nicolaken@apache.org
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