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From "Rahul Thakur" <>
Subject [discuss] Writing WebWork actions
Date Wed, 25 Oct 2006 19:09:46 GMT
Jesse and I tossed some ideas about having some sort of consistent 
patterns for writing Webwork actions in Continuum. Below is a transcript 
from yesterday's chat. We wanted to bring this up for discussion and 
would be great to have any ideas/suggestions other might have.



<rahul> hello there
<jesse> heya
<rahul> just had some ideas that I wanted to jot down here quickly
<jesse> shoot
<rahul> ok, here goes (and pls bear with me if I have to go check on 
breakfast :)  )
<rahul> ok, i have quick run thru of the patterns/conventions that we 
are using in our internal framework
<rahul> starting with xwork.xml , the equivalent config.xml is broken up 
into 3 files
<rahul> 1) defines components  - lets call it components.xml
<rahul> 2) defines pages (that are composite of layout templates + 
components) , lets call it pages.xml
<rahul> 3)  defanes action patch mappings  (page flow) - lets call it 
<rahul> 1) follows convention that all component names are prefixed with 
'component.' - ex:  ''
<rahul> 2)  has page names prefixed with 'page.' - ex: 
<rahul> action mappings are pretty much similar to what is there in 
xwork.xml currently - i will come to method name later
<rahul> i am just rattling off here with notes  :) - you will have to 
help me see these elements can/do map to WW or can be made to map
<rahul> Components are supported by component handlers - that prepare 
the display of and help render components - The java classes are 
suffixed XXXComponentHandler. I have come across this with notifiers
<rahul> Action classes are ManageXXXXAction - that process requests 
for - edit/update/delete. I think the create one is different (I will 
have to check again)
<rahul> methods in ManageXXXAction follow convention (like I 
mentioned) - processEditRequest, processUpdateRequest, 
<rahul> and validations are performed in the actions themselves (but I 
like what WW does from validation.xmls)
<rahul> for 'result' returned from the action - 'success' and 'failure' 
are by default available and another convention is 'failure.system' for 
any internal errors
<rahul> other results can map to the action request - 'success.edit' , 
'success.delete' - I am adding this from my end :)
<rahul> so, what do you reckon?
<rahul> sorry i haven't been able to put it in an email yet
<jesse> reading latest
<jesse> I have actually been kicking around something brett mentioned a 
while back about generating actions automatically for CRUD things
<jesse> and I talked to patrick lightbody and he was a fan of all CRUD 
operations being in one object
<jesse> which was where I had started out
<jesse> which seemed to be what your detailing up here
<jesse> so I think I would do ProjectNotifierAction and 
<jesse> with associated add/edit/view/remove methods
<rahul> cool! is it possible to structure xwork.xml like I said above?
<jesse> not sure about the need of the success.edit stuff
<jesse> you could do that by having one action and using the 
action|method syntax in the jsp
<jesse> or just have multiple actions referencing the same class and 
using the method="x" attribute
<rahul> ah, you are right :)
<rahul> ok, i gotta run in a minute. do you still want to put this on 
the list?
<jesse> its probably worth it
<rahul> ok, mind if I just stick in the transcript with a  little 
<jesse> you have my authorization :P
<rahul> aye cap'tn  :)
<rahul> thanks! - i gotta run for work now
<rahul> cheers
<jesse> laters


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