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From Steven Siebert <>
Subject Re: [pool] Pool config vs. factory hierarchies.
Date Wed, 03 Nov 2010 21:03:30 GMT
> You restore the pool fields that used to hold the configuration setting
> properties and leave the getters and setters (for the mutable ones) in
> place.
> Phil
so something like this?

public class GOP extends .... {

    * ref to immutable config reference, immutable config values are either
referred directly here
    * or are copied to a final instance field
   private GOPConfig config;

   //mutable configuration values are mutated/accessed from pool instance
   private volatile int mut1;  //probably better to use read/write locks
   private volatile int mut2;

   public GOP (GOPConfig config) {
      this.config = config;

    * using this model, this method isn't really required (at least not
    * but would be a convenience for "batch"/atomic changes to configuration
values -
    * this is possible if we switch from volatile to a r/w locking mechanism
   public void reconfigure (GOPConfig config) {
        mut1 = config.getMut1;
        mut2  = config.getMut2;

   public void setMut1 (int m) {
      mut1 = m;

   public int getMut1 () {
       return mut1;


I wonder, with this model....what is the reason for having an immutable
configuration instance if we're going to copy the values locally for (at
least) mutability purposes?  I believe the attraction of the immutable
configuration instance was for concurrency issues...but with this model, we
would need to use pool-local syncronization (locking) anyway.

I wrote a quick mock-up implementation like this, using a
ReentrantReadWriteLock, and the amount of concurrency work in each
pool/factory started to pile up.  We already identified that inheritance of
the Pool/Factory classes might not be the best approach (I agree with this
as well...which would cause POOL-177 to no longer be implemented) this
means duplication of synchronization code as well.

I think I'm falling back to my initial thought on this in that the config
classes should, IMO, either be mutable (where appropriate) and made thread
safe (internally synchronized) to reduce the amount of concurrency work
needed in each class that aggregates the instance...or immutable and any
changes to the config instance needs to be done by going back to the Builder
(something like new Builder(configInstance).change().create());) and then
the config reference in each pool/factory could be made volatile.

I know this is confusing in email....I would be glad to create a quick patch
or UML for this to clear things up if this would help.



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