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From giacomo <>
Subject Re: [donation]XML:DB pseudo protocol
Date Wed, 21 Nov 2001 06:13:34 GMT
On Sun, 18 Nov 2001, Gianugo Rabellino wrote:

I'd like to propose Gianugo Rabellino as a new commiter to the cocoon
community. He has produced alot of patches in the past and is very
engaged in the dbxml parts of cocoon which I think would be best if he
can do it directly in CVS rather than badging us with patches.

Co-committers, your votes please.


> It took me (much) longer than I expected (unfortunately paid work is
> something you can't leave aside in these days), but finally I have a
> working first implementation of a pseudo-protocol based con the XML:DB API.
> Usage is as follows:
> 1. grab xmldb.jar, put it in the lib/ directory in order to compile the
> sources, build Cocoon as usually;
> 2. edit cocoon.xconf and go to the source-handler section. Add a
> configuration like this one:
> <source-handler>
>    <protocol name="xmldb"
> class="org.apache.cocoon.components.source.XMLDBSourceFactory">
>      <driver type="dbxml" class="org.dbxml.client.xmldb.DatabaseImpl" />
>      <driver type="exist" class="exist.xmldb.DatabaseImpl" />
>    </protocol>
> </source-handler>
> 3. start playing with it as you do with the cocoon:// and resource://
> protocols:) Use a JDBCish URI such as
> xmldb:dbxml:// or
> xmldb:exist:// (the
> idea is that if you want to query a collection you should put a trailing
> slash). The idea is that the driver actual implementation (dbxml and
> exist) is looked up in the standard XML:DB URL format and the
> implementing class is taken from the configuration accordingly.
> As usual, please consider this as a donation to the ASF and feel free to
> decide about incorporating it in Cocoon.  You might want to review the
> code, since this is my first implementation of a Source.
> Some random thoughts about the XML:DB stuff:
> 1. until now the compilation of the XML:DB stuff had been  conditional.
> Given the fact that Apache itself will sponsor the Xindice project, I
> was wondering if it could be the case to have it compiled by default:
> all that needs to be done is adding xmldb.jar to the lib directory
> (which is less than 9K in size).
> 2. Given that the XML:DB API have no support at all for metadata, it's
> almost impossible to implement a caching algorithm (there is no way to
> tell what is the document size or the last modification date). I was
> thinking about the Avalon resource monitoring stuff, could it help in
> this case?
> 3. The next thing to do is to add XPath support. The code foundation is
> there, but an agreement is needed about the URL format. Given that an
> XPath query can be run only against a collection, I was thinking about
> implementing it as
> xmldb:adriver://ahost/acollection/?xpath=/my/xpath/query. But I'm very
> open to suggestions :)
> 4. If this pseudo-protocol proves to be useful and bug free the XML:DB
> generators might have little or no meaning: since they haven't made it
> into any RC this can be a proper timing to decide what to do with them.
> Enough for tonight, I'm eagerly waiting for your feedback, expect other
> patches in the days to come :)
> Ciao,

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