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From "Ate Douma (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (SCXML-242) Provide JSON based datamodel as replacement for XML/XPath
Date Sat, 26 Dec 2015 16:17:49 GMT

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Ate Douma commented on SCXML-242:
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Note: the ability to configure (and in the future also load, through external src) XML data
will be retained as it can serve other/specific purposes.
Such XML fragment then will (only) be available as 'plain' XML element, to be used as desired.
What no longer will be supported is xpath based navigation and lookup of data, nor the very
peculiar and complicated xpath assign rules.   

> Provide JSON based datamodel as replacement for XML/XPath
> ---------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: SCXML-242
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SCXML-242
>             Project: Commons SCXML
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Ate Douma
>            Assignee: Ate Douma
>             Fix For: 2.0
>
>
> The XML/XPath datamodel, with 'convenient' support through Data() and Location() operations
for usage within the Jexl, Javascript and Groovy SCXML languages has been the root and cause
of many invasive and complicating problems in the implementation of Commons SCXML (2.0).
> The [SCXML 1.0 specification|http://www.w3.org/TR/2015/REC-scxml-20150901/] has dropped
the xpath datamodel from the specification because of similar/same complications and (also
thereof) lack of 'reference' implementations.
> Further maintaining and trying to 'improve' on the XML/XPath datamodel support in Commons
SCXML therefore will be stopped and removed from the implementation all together.
> Instead and as replacement new JSON datamodel support will be added, which also aligns
with the (optional) Ecmascript datamodel as described in the SCXML specification.
> The JSON based datamodel will be parsed (in Java) into a 'raw' object model, consisting
of plain Maps (JSON Object) and Lists (JSON Array), and thus trivially to be used from the
Commons SCXML supported languages (Jexl, Groovy and Javascript).
> As this new JSON datamodel will replace all XML/XPath usages, part of this new feature
implementation will be updating and replacing all the example/unit-test usages in the codebase,
and thereby also removing all usages of the custom Data() and Location() functions.
> Once these changes are in place, the Data() and Location() custom functions will then
be removed as well.
> Finally, the XPath language itself then can be removed, including all the supporting
logic scattered throughout the engine implementation itself, but this will be done as a separate
issue afterwards.     



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