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From "Ingmar Kliche" <>
Subject [SCXML] Shortcomings of JEXLContext
Date Tue, 16 Dec 2008 22:40:28 GMT
I tried to use the o.a.c.s JEXL Context/Evaluator with an implementation of
the <script> element. I want to make the <script> implemenation independent
of the expression languange. But unfortunately it seems to me that EL is not
useful (e.g. does not support assignments) and Jexl has some shortcomings:

1) I tried a script with multiple statements, like:

  x = y;
  y = 3;

While executing this script I get:

WARNUNG: The JEXL Expression created will be a reference to the first
expression from the supplied script: "
        x = y;
        y = 3;"

Does the JEXL implementation not support multiple statements per expression?

2) Unfortunately the o.a.c.s JexlEvaluator#eval() generates an
"effectiveContext" (to implement the scope chain) and passes it to the JEXL
expression for execution. Thus any modification taken by the script (like
any assingments as "x = y") will modify the "effectiveContext", not the
actual state context. After executing "x=y", "x" remains unchanged within
the states context.

Is the JexlContext implemenatation useful for a <script> implementation at
all from this perspective?

- Ingmar.

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