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From "Ross Gardler (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Resolved: (FOR-632) Plugins exporting contracts and format independant contract loading
Date Fri, 09 Dec 2005 16:00:10 GMT
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Ross Gardler resolved FOR-632:

    Resolution: Fixed
     Assign To:     (was: Ross Gardler)

> Plugins exporting contracts and format independant contract loading
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>          Key: FOR-632
>          URL:
>      Project: Forrest
>         Type: Improvement
>   Components: Views
>     Reporter: Ross Gardler
>      Fix For: 0.8-dev

> I've finally got a use case for views, so I'm jumping in with both feet instead of dipping
my toe in the lovely warm waters. So, here is my first observation about the way things work,
and a suggestion for an improvement. I want to run this by the views folk before I implement
it as I am not quite swimming comfortably yet. Lazy consensus is in opertion though, i.e I
will do this if noone objects.
> The Problem
> ===========
> I have enabled plugins to export contracts. However, this is not a perfect solution since
there is now way of knowing what format the contract produces. So we need a way of identifying
the right contract for the right format.
> This is solved in the existing system by having a viewHelper plugin that tells us in
its name what format it is (e.g. o.a.f.p.output.viewHelper.xhtml) and by having a matcher
in that plugins xmap that resolves the contract:
> <map:match pattern="resolve.contract.xhtml.*">
>     <map:select type="exists">
>       <map:when test="{project:resources}/templates/{1}.ft">
>         <map:generate src="{project:resources}/templates/{1}.ft"/>
>       </map:when>
> ...
> I see two issues with this solution:
> 1 - it prevents plugins providing contracts for multiple formats because they will always
have the same name (e.g. contract-name.ft)
> 2- the above matcher will be duplicated across all output formats, therefore is a maintenance
> ---
> Problem 1 can be solved by modifying the plugin naming convention to include a format
identifier, e.g.
> contract-name.xhtml.ft
> contract-name.pdf.ft
> contract-name.txt.ft
> ---
> Problem 2 can then be solved by moving the contract resolver match into the internal
views plugin and modifying it as follows:
> <map:match pattern="resolve.contract.*.*">
>     <map:select type="exists">
>       <map:when test="{project:resources}/templates/{1}.{2}.ft">
>         <map:generate src="{project:resources}/templates/{1}.{2}.ft"/>
>       </map:when>
> ...
> ---
> If nobody points out the flaw in my approach I will have a blast at soon(ish)

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