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From David Blevins <>
Subject Re: Conversion Tool and OpenEJB 3.0 integration status -- please read and ask questions :)
Date Thu, 01 Feb 2007 07:05:10 GMT
Reposting this info with more details.

So the 10,000 foot perspective is that we are creating a conversion  
tool to convert the prior openejb-jar.xml into the new set of  
descriptors (geronimo-openejb.xml, new openejb-jar.xml, jpa entity- 
mappings.xml).  It is expected that all existing plans will work and  
no one will have to or even *should* migrate just yet.

We are doing this for two reasons:

  1.  There is significant investment in current descriptor format.   
These come to mind:
        - TCK
        - DayTrader
        - iTests
        - Samples
        - All documentation to date
        - All user-land apps to date

  2.  The new plans will not be stable for a good long while.   
Primary reasons are:
        - Continued work in integration (security, webservices,  
corba, etc.)
        - Continued work implementing JavaEE 5

So the big motivation for the conversion tool is that with some hard  
work from Dain and I up front (and for a while really), we can save a  
few hundred developer and user hours over the next couple months.    
We're very close to having something running and hope to see  
something basically working by the end of the week.

If we're really lucky after this week we can hide all the change  
under the conversion tool and no one (but the people working on and  
maintaining the conversion tool that is) will have to feel the pain  
or frustration while things move underneath.  As we enable things  
like security people won't have to update their plans, we'll just add  
more conversion logic to port that information over and put it into  

I can say that the spirit of the new descriptor files is to fully  
embrace the "anti-descriptor" focus of Java EE 5 and to be as small  
and contain as little requirements as possible.  Hopefully when the  
day comes to move over (not soon), it will more be a matter of  
deleting than adding.  There will definitely be lots of  
experimentation in that area, so we'll see.

As always, thoughts and questions very welcome and encouraged.


On Jan 31, 2007, at 3:13 PM, Dain Sundstrom wrote:

> I just checked in the working converter for CMP beans.  There is a  
> fairly extensive test suite that converts the OpenEJB2 itests,  
> daytrader and the OpenEJB2 CMR mappings tests.  For example, here  
> are the mappings for daytrader
> ejb-jar.xml
> -----------
> container/openejb-core/src/test/resources/convert/oej2/cmp/ 
> daytrader/daytrader-ejb-jar.xml
> openejb-jar.xml
> ---------------
> container/openejb-core/src/test/resources/convert/oej2/cmp/ 
> daytrader/daytrader-openejb-jar.xml
> And the final JPA mappings
> --------------------------
> container/openejb-core/src/test/resources/convert/oej2/cmp/ 
> daytrader/daytrader-orm.xml
> I hope to have the converter fully integrated into Geronimo in by  
> the end of the week.
> -dain
> On Jan 21, 2007, at 11:01 PM, David Blevins wrote:
>> On Jan 19, 2007, at 5:07 PM, David Blevins wrote:
>>> Keep your ejb related plan files intact or a copy of them at  
>>> least.  I'm going to try and write a conversion tool that will at  
>>> least handle trivial apps.  A non-trivial app would be one with  
>>> CMPs.  The new mapping.xml format for cmps is the jpa mapping.xml  
>>> and converting that will be a little more work.
>>> Nothing done yet, just announcing intentions.
>> Ok, have a little progress on this.  So far I am able to convert:
>>  - <environment> and children
>>  - <security> and children
>>  - <gbean> and children
>>  - <message-destination> and children
>>  - <persistence-context-ref> and children
>> To see same converted document, look here:
>> source: 
>> openejb3/container/openejb-jee/src/test/resources/openejb-jar-2- 
>> full.xml
>> result: 
>> openejb3/container/openejb-jee/src/test/resources/geronimo-openejb- 
>> converted.xml
>> It was a bit of work getting JAXB2 to work with our schemas  
>> because of duplicated elements combined with the fact that we  
>> allow invalid xml (i.e. no namespace at all).  So I actually had  
>> to write a invalid 2 valid xml converter before I could get  
>> started on the openejb-jar.xml to geronimo-openejb.xml converter.
>> Things should go faster from here.  Will hack more in the morning.
>> Not sure what the effort is going to be to convert the cmp  
>> information as that is a openejb-jar.xml 2 jpa mapping.xml  
>> conversion.  Hoping Dain might have some input on that.
>> -David

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