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From David Nuescheler <david.nuesche...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Mapping of Items...
Date Thu, 09 Dec 2004 13:54:58 GMT
hi markus,

> I'm wondering what the best way to use jsr-170 in a java application will be.
> How would you integrate the jcr items?
> My first approach would be to write a conversation layer between jcr
> nodeobjects and my java domain objects (kind like jdo/hibernate).  Is this
> the way to go or would you pass the node objects around in your
> application? Or is there a third alternative I don't even think about?

i think those are the two possibilties that come to mind
immediately.

in our experience it largely depends on the application.
to give you examples where we would use the one or the other
i went a little bit through our existing (cms) source code:

(a) for things like presentation templates where many
developers use jsp and taglibs to access content
in a content repositories, people mostly use direct
access to content nodes and pass them around for 
applications like drawing a navigation or display content.

(b) for example an application like our workflow module 
which persists all the workflow information in nodes 
(which are extended by something like a mixins) uses
"java-domain" objects. for those objects we built custom
persistence (through the repository interface of course) and 
did not use a generic mapping technique like jdo. this
is largely because we needed relatively few classes and
we want to take advantage of things like hierarchy, order, 
etc..

personally, think a jdo on top of a content repository is a cool
idea. we already built things in the past like "repository
based" resource bundles, and i think there are great 
opportunities to leverage content repository infrastructure
underneith exisiting api's think of something like "jndi"
on top of jcr, which would instantaneously add versioning to
a directory ;) .

i would certainly be in support of something like
a jdo layer on top of jcr, using a content repository
for persistence rather than a database, but keep
in mind that that features like ordering, hierarchies,
versioning etc.. would not be directly exposable 
through jdo. nevertheless, i like the idea.

regards,
david
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