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From Mark Lundquist>
Subject Re: What is the deal with "blocks"
Date Wed, 03 Jan 2007 22:24:19 GMT

On Jan 3, 2007, at 7:16 AM, Daniel Fagerstrom wrote:

>  Mark Lundquist skrev:
>> On Jan 2, 2007, at 2:36 PM, Daniel Fagerstrom wrote:
>>> Finding some term that doesn't contain the word block for 
>>> "polymorphic servlet services", would be much less of a problem as 
>>> it is different from the original block concept and not that many 
>>> people have used the blocks-fw yet.Fair enough :-)
>>> So if someone have suggestions for a better terminology for the 
>>> "polymorphic servlet services" I at least would be prepared to go 
>>> for it.
>>  How about just "services"?
> To generic in my taste.

I kinda felt that too :-)  I actually almost suggested 
"servlet-services" but I thought maybe that sounded too unwieldy.

>  I think that "servlet:" protocol would describe pretty well what it 
> all is about. Also it is implemented using the named dispatcher 
> mechanism in the ServletContext, so it really is named servlets that 
> the protocol dispatches to.

Then "servlet:" makes perfect sense.  I like the transparency.

>>  E.g.,
>> • services-fw
> I would prefer servlet-services-fw or just servlet-services.
yeah, bag the "-fw" :-)

>> • ServiceServlet (or "CocoonServiceServlet"?)
> ServletService would be OK.

That class does implement Servlet (extends HttpServlet IIRC) so maybe 
"ServiceServlet" emphasizes the right "is-a" relationship there?

>> • ServiceContext (or "CocoonServiceContext"?)
> ServiceServletContext maybe.

>  Also we could add some Spring bean factory and XML-schema based 
> configuration, that put the focus on the embedded servlet instead of 
> the "blocks fw" so [...] we could have something like:
>   <bean id="org.apache.cocoon.blocks.sample.block1" 
> class="org.apache.cocoon.sitemap.SitemapServlet">
>     <servlet:context mountPath="/cocoon-blocks-fw-sample1"
> contextPath="blockcontext:/cocoon-blocks-fw-sample/test1">
>       <servlet:context-param name="foo" value="bar"/>
>       <servlet:connection name="test2" 
> value-ref="org.apache.cocoon.blocks.sample.block2"/>
>     </servlet:context>
>   </bean>
>  The point here is that the sitemap servlet is considered as an 
> ordinary bean and the elements in the servlet name space sets up a 
> bean factory that embeds the sitemap servlet in a block servlet and 
> make sure that the somewhat special life cycle of servlets is 
> respected. Using a servlet in the Spring framework would be as easy 
> as:
>   <bean id="myservlet" class="com.mycompany.MyServlet">
>     <servlet:context mountPath="/my">
>   </bean>
>  And would be usable outside Cocoon.

Very nice.


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