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From Christopher Snow <>
Subject Re: help converting app to OSGi
Date Fri, 06 Apr 2007 11:11:27 GMT

Do you mind me forwarding this email to the ofbiz mailing list to get  
others involved?

Many thanks,


On 6 Apr 2007, at 09:22, Niclas Hedhman wrote:

> On Friday 06 April 2007 13:05, Christopher Snow wrote:
>> Apache ofbiz is an application that has it's own component (i.e.
>> bundle management system).  There is interest in the ofbiz community
>> for migrating ofbiz to an OSGi approach but I don't know where to
>> start.  Would this mailing list be able to offer help and guidance on
>> converting apache ofbiz to OSGi?
> Definately,
> can't say that I know your codebase very well, but somehow I got the
> impression that it is already fairly modular.
> You will first need to identify what your goals are.
> Hard nuts to crack;
>  1. If you want reloadability of bundles in runtime, you need to think
>     in "Service" terms, and respect the service layer specification.
>     This means that you don't hold on to service instances, either by
>     dropping them after each use, or tracking their arrivals and
>     departure through the service tracker.
>  2. If you want to only want a limited part of the application to stop
>     during reloads, you probably need to break the API from the Impl
>     into two (or more) separate bundles. The API is stable, and won't
>     change often, and the API is the only one that exposes classes
>     to other bundles. But, the API can't reference the impl directly,
>     and you will end doing the service layer to solve that.
>  3. Deployment scenarios. OSGi is not primarily a web technology, and
>     is fairly intrusive on classloading. But people still wants to
>     deploy OSGi inside servlet containers. And there is a Servlet
>     Bridge developed by Simon Kaegi, I think hosted at Eclipse
>     Equinox, possible its Incubator/Sandbox. This component allows
>     the outer servlet's requests to be routed into the OSGi world
>     and its Http Service specification.
> Cheers
> -- 
> Niclas Hedhman, Software Developer
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