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From "Jeff Hodges (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (CASSANDRA-700) Replacing the many forms of singleton instance methods
Date Thu, 14 Jan 2010 12:12:54 GMT
Replacing the many forms of singleton instance methods
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                 Key: CASSANDRA-700
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-700
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Jeff Hodges
         Attachments: 0001-MessagingService.instance-MessagingService.instance.patch, 0002-HintedHandOffManager.instance-HintedHandOffManager.i.patch,
0003-StorageService.instance-StorageService.instance.patch, 0004-AntiEntropyService.instance-AntiEntropyService.insta.patch,
0005-Gossiper.instance-Gossiper.instance.patch, 0006-StorageLoadBalancer.instance-StorageLoadBalancer.ins.patch

In many places, the Cassandra codebase attempts to allow for only one instance of a particular
class per process. It does so in a variety of ways, some of which are attempts at being thread-safe
(with mixed results) while others seem to just delay instantiation.

This issue is to track the changes necessary to consolidate these many forms of singleton
into one form. 

What's interesting is that Java has a nice way of providing this facility in a very Java-y
way.  We can create a public static variable (called, say, instance) and, in the class definition,
set it to a new instance of the very class we are in. We then can protect the class's constructor
to prevent others from trying to use it. This allows us to have only one instance of the variable
accessible only through the a static variable on the class itself.

This is thread-safe because class definitions in Java is thread-safe. This is lazily loaded
because Java doesn't do class definition until the first time the class is referenced in any
way. Basically, this is everything that was attempted with the various static instance() methods
but with complete success.

The current classes I was able to find that can benefit from this are:

AntiEntropyService
FailureDetector
Gossiper
HintedHandOffManager
MessagingService
ReadRepairManager
StorageLoadBalancer
StorageService

Other classes with similar constructions would be nice to remove, too.

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