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From "Srinath Perera" <>
Subject [Axis2]Proposal:Change to Handler order resolution Implementation
Date Tue, 23 Dec 2008 12:55:06 GMT
Hi All;

As far as I understood, with current handler order resolution in the
Phase (see org.apache.axis2.engine.Phase) the order of Handlers are
depended on the order they are added. For an example, if there are
handlers A and B and there is a rules in B says B after A, the order
is preserved only if B is added after A. if handlers are added B,A
then since A does not have rules, it is added to somewhere. AFAIK
current code only check rules for the new handler, but does not check
rules in the existing Handlers.

I noticed this problem while developing a Handler, and walk though the
code also verified it.

However, there is a standard way to solve this problem. The solution
is creating a graph assigning dependencies as edges in a graph--which
is a directed acyclic graph--and then doing a topology sort . The algorithm takes
O(n) time and space where n is number of entities + number of rules,
which is pretty reasonable.

If people agree, I would like to redo the Handler resolution algorithm
in the Phase class with topology sort. Please comment. (Please note I
can not commit for a time line, but will do it when I get a free

Thanks very much

Srinath Perera:
   Indiana University, Bloomington

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