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From Per-Olof Norén <>
Subject Re: [C2] Environment.getAction() method
Date Mon, 01 Oct 2001 09:51:10 GMT
Hi all,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Piroumian, Konstantin" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 11:21 AM
Subject: [C2] Environment.getAction() method

> Can anybody explain me why the getAction() method is in Environment
> interface? Why the action param name (cocoon-action) is hard-coded and
> cannot be configured? I'd like to have a possibility to select (filter)
> actions to be performed by a more flexible way. I'd propose to make the
> action selection mechanism configurable in sitemap. E.g.:

Yes, there is definetly a need for a closer look at what the user patterns
for actions
are and perhaps to extend as you suggest. My guess is that a lot of people
like a clean approach of using a pipeline with static file generated source
followed by a html serializer, and NOT xsp to handle what really should be
an action.
I can think of a number of different actions that could easily be done from
I know there has been discussions about actions/pipeline logic. Not sure
the outcome was though.


> More complicated behavior is also possible (matching actions by wildcards,
> regular expressions, etc.).

Is it possible to reuse some of the selector code from the sitemap to
implement this?


> Are there any comments, future plans or something related to actions?
> patterns of developing complicated sitemaps with a lot of actions or so
> would be fine.

* maybe of topic *
We are currently implementing an xforms implementation using an home-made
action and a ditto transformer
for doing extremely complex, yet configurable application development.
This is an effort to reduce application development time from 12 weeks to 2
weeks for web applications
within a governmental organisation, which according to swedish law, has to
publish the data gathered.
Basically were createing the micro applications within cocoon.
There is currently a lot of activity in the cocoon-dev list on this topic
(contexts) and i think these to topics are related as
both techniques are used in our project (or any project using cocoon to do
more that viewing data).

Per-Olof Norén
Stockholm, Sweden

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