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From "Davanum Srinivas" <dava...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [axis2] AXIS2-2120 Metadata Exchange support [Moved discussion to dev list as requested]"
Date Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:13:01 GMT
Sanka,

As a practical matter, why dont you checkin the code and Gee can send
in patches  against the head?

thx,
dims

On 2/14/07, Gee Chia <geechia@us.ibm.com> wrote:
>
> Dims, Sanka, and Everybody:
>
> Thanks for your feedback! Also, thanks  Sanka for reviewing the code in depth and his
suggestions!
>
> Regarding Data Locator examples, I have described three examples: Default Axis2 Data
Locator Example, Plug-in Service Level Data Locator Example, and Plug-in Service Level WSDL-specific
Locator Example in the Apache Metadata Exchange User's Guide, and the link is : http://wiki.apache.org/ws-data/attachments/Axis2(2f)metadataExchange/attachments/C__Development_EmergingTech_document_Axis2MEXUserGuide.htm
>
> Please check if the examples provided are sufficient? I look forward for your suggestions
to make this clear and helpful for user
>
> About the package naming conventions .. Sorry, I missed the use of lower cases package
naming, I will take care of this.
> About the "dataretrieval" package qualifier, how about change to "datalocator"? I am
all for good naming convention. Please let me know if you have one.
>
> Concerning the metadataExchange module to support WS-Transfer Get operation issue, I
would like to explain why MEX module is not  (and probably should not) supporting it, and
how the MEX patch implementation can fulfill the metadata retrieval via Transfer-Get request
requirement.
>
> As described in the WS-MetadataExchange Version 1.1 August 2006 specification @: http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2004/09/mex/),
the Web service Metadata element is a collection of metadata units such as WSDL definitions,
XML Schema document,  WS-Policy expressions, etc. The units within the collection are represented
by MetadataSection elements. A unit of metadata i.e. a MetadataSection element may be included
in-line, or may be included by reference, either as an endpoint reference  (MetadataReference
element) or a URL (Location element).
>
> Here is the definition in the WS-MEX spec about MetadataReference:
>
> /mex:Metadata/mex:MetadataSection/mex:MetadataReference
> This is an endpoint reference to a metadata resource and is of type EndpointReferenceType
as defined by [WS-Addressing 2004,] or EndpointReferenceType as defined by [WS-Addressing
1.0 Core]. The resource MUST support the GET operation [WS-Transfer] to allow the retrieval
of the metadata unit for the Metadata Section's Dialect and Identifier (if any). When this
element is present, it MUST have no element siblings.
>
> Basically, the MEX module is responsible to return MetadataReference that contains an
endpoint reference to a metadata resource that support WS-Transfer Get operation. The metadata
resource's  endpoint could be different from the Service that metadata is to be retrieved
and MEX module should not be responsible to understood the Transfer-Get operation.The Metadata
resource's endpoint could be any mechanism such as a Transfer-Get module or a Service that
supports Transfer-Get operation.
>
> In the MEX patch, the plan is to support definition of EndpointReference in ServiceData.xml
(definition of metadata associated to the service) for  the MetadataReference content, and
it is the developer's  responsibility to define an metadata resource endpoint that supports
the GET operation.
> Basically, supporting Transfer-Get is NOT MEX module's responsibility, but MEX is responsible
to answer the MetadataReference that contains metadata resource endpoint that understood Transfer-Get
operation.  We can discuss  about providing some mechanism such as a light weight module that
understood Transfer-Get operation separately.
>
> I have looked at  the changes Sanka made in the MexMessageReceiver in handling of the
Transfer-Get operation. My concern with this approach (in addition to what I said above) is
also there is no way to specify a particular metadata type (@Dialect) and identifier (@idenfitier)
to retrieve.
>
> Again, thanks and please let me know if you have questions. I appreciate and will consider
your suggestion for a better MEX solution.
>
>
>  Regards,
>
>  Gee Chia
>  Emerging Standards Development
>  geechia@us.ibm.com
>
>
>
>
>  "Davanum Srinivas" <davanum@gmail.com>
>
> 02/14/2007 02:21 AM
>
> Please respond to
>  axis-dev@ws.apache.org
>
>
> To axis-dev@ws.apache.org
>
> cc
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>
> Subject Re: [axis2] AXIS2-2120 Metadata Exchange support [Moved discussion to dev list
as requested]"
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>
> Gee,
>
>  Please review Sanka's changes and comment. If there is a good sample
>  and/or testcases for the DataLocator concept that will be very welcome
>  as well. One more thing to do would be to update our documentation
>  with the concepts and its application. Since Sanka is happy, i'm happy
>  :)
>
>  One small nit from me, please use all lowercase in the package name
>  ("dataRetrieval"). Is there a better name other than dataretrieval? Am
>  sure we will continue to tweak even after we check in the code :)
>
>  thanks,
>  dims
>
>
>
>  On 2/14/07, Sanka Samaranayke <ssanka@gmail.com> wrote:
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>  >
>  > Hello Everyone,
>  >
>  > I've reviewed the uploaded patch and it looks good to me except for
>  > few minor errors. ( I've fixed them and uploaded the files to the JIRA).
>  >
>  > IMO, the DataLocator concept makes lot of senses. Perhaps Gee could
>  > provide few concrete scenario that demonstrate the use of
>  > DataLocators, to ensure we fully understand it before committing it to
>  > the codebase.
>  >
>  > However the MetadataExchange module has a limitation where it doesn't
>  > support WS-Transfer based metadata requests. However there is a
>  > workaround. Since the wsa:To of the WS-Transfer based metadata
>  > requests ends with '/metadata', you can rename the control operation
>  > of the module to 'metadata' s.t. any of those requests are dispatched
>  > to that operation via RequestURIBasedOperationDispatcher. Then you can
>  > check whether the soap action is equal to WS-Transfer-Get action and
>  > process appropriately.  (The MexMessageReceiver and module.xml with
>  > the suggested changes are also uploaded)
>  >
>  > Thanks,
>  > Sanka.
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  > Gee Chia wrote:
>  > >
>  > > Hi, All:
>  > > I moved the discussion in JIRA 2120 to dev list as requested by Dims.
>  > > Thanks in advance for your input and comment  for a better MEX
>  > > support on Axis2.
>  > >
>  > >
>  > > _Davanum Srinivas_
>  > > <https://issues.apache.org/jira/secure/ViewProfile.jspa?name=dims>
>  > > [07/Feb/07 06:28 AM]
>  > > Gee,
>  > >
>  > > Could you please check if you can avoid touching the kernel module.
>  > > We have some code here if you want to take a peek at.
>  > > _
>  > > __http://wso2.org/projects/commons/mex_
>  > >
>  > > thanks,
>  > > dims
>  > >
>  > >
>  > >
>  > > _Gee Chia_
>  > > <https://issues.apache.org/jira/secure/ViewProfile.jspa?name=geechia>
>  > > [07/Feb/07 10:38 AM]
>  > > Dims:
>  > > I appreciate your reminder to consider different implementation
>  > > alternative.
>  > >
>  > > During the design and implementation of the metadata exchange
>  > > solution, I am trying to consider from different perspectives of how
>  > > Axis2 users/developers might be using the metadata exchange code,
>  > > and also how to fit the solution in the very robust Axis2
>  > > architecture - configurable and easily extensible for supporting
>  > > different data retrieval implementation, and future data retrieval
>  > > requirements. I am hoping to provide a more general data retrieval
>  > > (exchange) code base to address WS-MEX specification requirements as
>  > > well as longer-term needs.
>  > >
>  > > a. Supports extensible set of data i.e. not limited to only WSDL,
>  > > Policy, and Schema. See
>  > > _http://download.boulder.ibm.com/ibmdl/pub/software/dw/specs/ws-rt/ws-rt-spec.pdf_
>  > > for an example.
>  > >
>  > > b. Provides hooks for other mechanisms to store/generate the
>  > > metadata i.e. allows Axis2 users to implement specialize data
>  > > retrieval logic instead of using the default Axis2 implementation.
>  > > The plug-in data locator is not MEX-specific. It is about how to
>  > > associate some extra data with a target web service. MEX is just one
>  > > way to access to the data locator to perform metadata exchange.
>  > >
>  > > The data retrieval extends in Axis2 kernel is to provide support for
>  > > data associated with a service, and to provide a way for people to
>  > > plug-in their own implementation for retrieving and/or generating data.
>  > >
>  > > Again, thanks for your attention.
>  > > Gee Chia
>  > >
>  > > _Davanum Srinivas_
>  > > <https://issues.apache.org/jira/secure/ViewProfile.jspa?name=dims>
>  > > [07/Feb/07 12:58 PM]
>  > > Gee,
>  > >
>  > > As a general rule, we *prefer* to talk about "design and
>  > > implementation" here on the axis-dev@ list :) Especially if it
>  > > affects the kernel module. Let me review this a bit more and get
>  > > back to you.
>  > >
>  > > thanks,
>  > > dims
>  > >
>  > >
>  > >
>  > >
>  > >
>  > > Regards,
>  > >
>  > > Gee Chia
>  > > Emerging Standards Development
>  >
>  >
>  > - --
>  > Sanka Samaranayake
>  > WSO2 Inc.
>  >
>  > http://sankas.blogspot.com/
>  > http://www.wso2.org/
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