On 5/31/07, Emmanuel Lecharny <elecharny@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi guys,

as a perfect exemple of what I wrote about interceptors, I can use the
BindHandler chain to exhibit some of the problems this pattern

1) Debugging nightmare : The BindHandler chain is a composition of 6
handlers. When commuting from one handler to the next one, you have to
pass through 4 levels of calls into MINA (which means if you don't
have the sources, your are blind). The only way to step through those
handlers is to *know* which is next into the chain, and as this chain
is supposed to be dynamic (at least theorically), can be more than
tricky. And in this case, you will have to set 7 breakpoints...

Yes I don't like this at all.  I was not going to allow the merge with this code but I let it
pass this time since it can be refactored out later.  This pattern is being used far excessively
like a sledge hammer on finishing nails and as you state debugging it is a PITA.

2) If you are using Simple authentication, you must go through SASL
configuration and handling. Costly ...

3) the order in which the handler are called will never change : (1)
check the parameters, (2) handle the authenticator, (3) get the
context (4) process to the bind operation (5) return the result. In
this case, we could perectly avoid using a chaining pattern


At some point, I think that we should discuss the chosen
implementation and architecture before going for a complex choice, as
soon as it does not freeze the developpement into a net of mails and
IRC convo so tight that no code get out of this net.