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From David Jencks <david_jen...@yahoo.com>
Subject [DS] Controlling felix-specific features with felix-namespaced attributes
Date Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:56:21 GMT
We have several felix specific behaviors/extensions and I plan to add some more:
- weird obsolete factory behavior
- lifecycle/bind methods return Map of service properties
- 1.2 spec compliancy for behavior of components with optional configuration policy and a
modified method when the configuration is deleted. (1.2 spec says the component must be destroyed
and recreated rather than calling the modified method) (this needs a global flag as well to
preserve current behavior) 
- reasonable factory behavior (component created from component factory acts like it was created
through config admin)
- 1.3 lifecycle methods accept interfaces as well as annotations for configuration
- nested or tree-shaped configurations encoded into flat map (needs discussion)

So far the mechanism for enabling these extensions has been a global flag or a felix specific
namespace.    This is getting awkward.  I'd like to add the possibility of configuring these
through xml attributes in the component descriptor with a felix specific namespace.

For instance,

xmlns:felix="http://felix.apache.org/xmlns/scr/extensions/v1.0.0" felix:supportsInterfaceConfiguration="true"

In concert with this I plan to add to bnd the ability to specify these attributes through
an annotation

	@Attribute(namespace="http://felix.apache.org/xmlns/scr/extensions/v1.0.0", prefix="felix",


david jencks

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