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From "Jeremy Boynes" <>
Subject RE: Geronimo Deployment Descriptors
Date Tue, 09 Sep 2003 16:44:17 GMT

> However, it doesn't necessarily mean that it can't generate the XML,
> rather than a binary-compatible format that Jeremy was suggesting. An
> XML document will always be more portable between versions than a
> generated bunch of code, because when bugs are fixed in the latter you
> have to regenerate, whereas with an XML file you don't.

Please do not think I am thinking binary is the only way to go - that notion
was discarded back in EJB1.0 days.

What I want is to have it as an option. For example, parsing the XML with
full schema validation is a dog - on my machine even a simple file takes a
couple of seconds and a couple of MB and I am concerned about a) large
applications with hundreds of modules taking forever to start, and b)
applications trying to run with constrained resources. And yes, we do need
to consider these things :-)

We have also had proposals for storing configuration information in LDAP
respositories and relational databases, neither of which would allow
vi-style access to the XML. A binary format may well be a better option for

Think of it like JSP: some people want to pre-compile, and this is *very*
common in production environments.


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