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From Reinhard Poetz <>
Subject Re: Cocoon 2.2 - Build and deployment with Maven2
Date Sun, 18 Dec 2005 12:51:06 GMT
Andreas Hochsteger wrote:
> Reinhard Poetz schrieb:
>> Andreas Hochsteger wrote:
>>> Ah, very insightful!
>>> This would be a good start.
>>> But with this interim solutions we have to be aware of the fact, that 
>>> the block has to define all potential XSL:FO implementations as 
>>> optional dependencies. This might not be the possible in every case.
>>> Think about choosing some commercial XSL:FO implementation to be used 
>>> for all blocks wich depend on the XSL:FO contract or providing your 
>>> own implementation for another contract.
>> Why is just adding the block dependency that I *want* to use not 
>> enough? The only issue that I can think of is that it doesn't prevent 
>> the developer from using implementation internal classes. Right?
> For blocks and deployments which are fully under the control of the 
> developer this is right.
> The point I'm trying to make has something to do with SoC and more 
> specific with the role of the deployer:
> The block A, which uses an XSL:FO processor should IMHO only depend on 
> the XSL:FO contract (API) since it can not assume which concrete 
> implementation will be used in a certain deployment scenario.
> An application developer which uses block A (developed by somebody else) 
> now wants to use a certain XSL:FO implementation for his application. It 
> would not make sense that this application developer has to modify the 
> pom of block A just to put his prefered XSL:FO implementation to the 
> list of dependencies.
> In short:
> Isn't it enough to let the pom of block A just depend on the XSL:FO 
> contract?

That's one of the differnces between block requirements and Maven2 dependencies. 
  Maven2 dependencies are concrete implementations and block requirement always 
point to a contract which have to be implemented by a block.

What we _could_ do is having real artifacts for our contracts and not just URIs. 
  Well, I think that future experiments with a working deployment system will 
help us to understand better what we really need. For now I will implement it 
the way it was designed a long time ago (based on the block.xml and it's IMO 
well-designed features) and we can use this as starting point for further 

Reinhard Pötz           Independent Consultant, Trainer & (IT)-Coach 

{Software Engineering, Open Source, Web Applications, Apache Cocoon}


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