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From Terry Steichen <>
Subject Re: WikiPage constructors
Date Thu, 11 Dec 2008 01:03:18 GMT

What will be the impact on those of us that use JDBC-based pages?


On Thu, 2008-12-11 at 00:55 +0200, Janne Jalkanen wrote:

> Folks,
> there is a minor problem with WikiPages and JCR.
> In the old days, the recommended pattern was to create a WikiPage  
> with new WikiPage(WikiEngine,String).  The problem is that with JCR,  
> this simply won't be possible, since the WikiPage ceases to be a  
> passive retainer of information, and will actually store a reference  
> to the JCR Node.  This has a couple of impacts:
> * WikiPages can no longer be cached (which wasn't a smart thing to do  
> previously either, though some internal components did so, mostly to  
> avoid hitting the repository.  Which won't of course be a problem in  
> the future.)
> * WikiPages cannot be directly constructed anymore - instead,  
> WikiPages will need to be fetched using WikiEngine.getPage() or  
> created with WikiEngine.createPage().  Otherwise, the JCR Node  
> reference would be null, and there would be a bunch of NPEs flying  
> around the code.
> * WikiPages will not be thread-safe (though no guarantees were given  
> previously either - they just happened to be)
> [In fact, that's exactly what it does right now, if you check my  
> latest commits to the jcr branch.  We have used the new WikiPage() - 
> idiom pretty liberally everywhere, and that is currently causing some  
> pain.]
> Now, this change would not be without its merits - it would allow  
> WikiPage to become an interface, and that is very nice (and almost  
> mandatory) if we consider the fact that we would like to have a  
> stable API.  Also, any trick I can think of around this problem  
> either involves overloading WikiContext more, or creating a labyrinth  
> of if( getNode() == null ) setNode( m_engine.getContentManager 
> ().getSession(m_engine.getWikiContextFactory().newViewContext 
> (null,null,this)).getRootNode().getNode(getName())) -calls in most of  
> the WikiPage methods.  Which could be somewhat slow, and would also  
> create two WikiContexts for each request...
> How do the fellow developers feel about this change?  Does this pose  
> insurmountable problems for anyone, or change any plans?
> /Janne

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