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From "Saad Rehmani">
Subject RE: [JNDI] [Config] Configuration: flat file or registry?
Date Mon, 11 Aug 2003 20:19:05 GMT

I still think it's a good idea. Even if we don't call those objects
MBeans and they have at least these two properties:

- The ability to set / get attributes
- The ability to traverse hierarchical structures and pull out

Would it make more sense to you if we called them LightWeightAlexBeans?


-----Original Message-----
From: Alex Blewitt [] 
Sent: Monday, August 11, 2003 1:43 PM
Subject: Re: [JNDI] [Config] Configuration: flat file or registry?

No, because an MBean facade doesn't make sense. JMX is designed to 
support /management/ of beans, not to configure them (or indeed, much 
of the services in an app).

At present, although the initial cut of the code is heavily MBean 
focussed, I (personally) hope that the JMX stuff will take second place 
to a more fine-tuned kernel that just exposes itself via MBean 

You raise a good point that an interpretor can read out the content of 
the JNDI file and present a file-based view; in fact, that's one of the 
possible work-arounds for a JNDI view and CVS as described on the page.


On Monday, Aug 11, 2003, at 18:33 Europe/London, Saad Rehmani wrote:

> Does it make sense to think of the configuration information as 
> residing
> in a registry/tree which is facaded by mbeans?
> The text file could just have an interpretor that would eventually act
> as yet another client for the mbeans and spit out an updated view of 
> the
> config at the end.
> Any concurrency issues can be dealt with at the mbeans / jndi /
> registry-implementation level as they'll have to face those anyways.
> They'll have to deal with those anyways.
> -saad
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sean Hamblett []
> Sent: Monday, August 11, 2003 12:21 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [JNDI] [Config] Configuration: flat file or registry?
> Alex,
>      I don't know if this will help, but I have been
> working with iPlanet/Sun ONE, and if I remember correctly
> (this comes from the marketing types) there is a
> configuration feature that allows the configuration to be
> in both places.  The flat file is offered as a defelopment
> solution, and allows configurations to be shared easily
> between servers.  I believe there is some continuity
> between both, where the registry can be loaded via file,
> and can be dumped to file.  I don't know if this strategy
> will help, or just create noise.  Sorry if the latter.
> Sean
>   Alex Blewitt <> wrote:
>> I kicked off a thread suggesting configuration
>> information may be stored in a registry-based system
>> instead of a flat-file/xml-based format, which provoked
>> some interesting comments and discussions.
>> I've created a few pages to capture this in:
>> and put comments that have been made by others in there.
>> Ideally, I'd like people to review the first couple and
>> add any other advantages/disadvantages/wishlist items
>> inside there.
>> Thanks,
>> Alex.

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