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From Mark Slater <li...@humanesoftware.com>
Subject Re: Best Practice: defining custom nodes
Date Sun, 19 Feb 2006 19:07:27 GMT
I'm a bit confused. My understanding of custom types was that they  
simply define constraints on the otherwise (relatively) unstructured  
nodes, more like defining constraints on your tables (UNIQUE, FOREIGN  
KEY, etc) in an RDBMS than user defined types to be stored in the  
tables. Just to be clear, I am not planning to subclass Jackrabbit's  
NodeImpl class to add functionality based on the custom types; I'm  
not even sure where this would be done because I haven't seen a place  
to map JCR repository node type to Java class type.

Also, when I asked why there wasn't a place to specify custom node  
definitions in the repository configuration, the "Reader" I was  
referring to would be (currently) either  
org.apache.jackrabbit.core.nodetype.xml.NodeTypeReader, or  
Since Jackrabbit knows when it creates the repository for the first  
time, it seems far better to let it decide if/when to process a  
custom node file. If clients need to add custom types later, they're  
on their own. The other possibility that could work well would a  
repository initialization hook - a client specified function called  
when a repository is created to do one time initialization (custom  
node types, initial layout of the default workspace, etc.).


On Feb 19, 2006, at 8:46 AM, Chand wrote:

> Mark,
> My understanding of Custom nodes may not be the best and Actually  
> people on
> the group can help me correct it if it is wrong.
> Custom Nodes is similiar to "User Defined Datatype" in RDBMS.
> You define storage , functions available etc. on the newly created  
> Data
> Type- One may also includes functions to process the same.
> It seems JSR 283 is supposed to work in this direction.
> "- Improvement of content repository interoperability through the
> addition of new standardized node types ,including node types for meta
> information and internationalization."
>> Is there any reason there isn't an
>> element for specifying the custom node definition file location
>> there, and possibly the "Reader" type used to process the file?
> Yes, if there is Custom Node e.g. "DRM file" and you know the  
> content will
> always confirm to XrML XSD, One may wish to have "Render" which  
> will display
> the node content in some standard way- may be different XSLT  
> transforms
> depending on where the content needs to be display.etc.
> Or May be add a property "Renderer" to custom Node which stores  
> info about
> the rendering program.
> I think it is possible to do extent "Exo - ECM "  to do the same.
> Benjamin Mestrallet from exo platform may be able to guide you  
> further . :)
> Chand
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Slater [mailto:]
> Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2006 10:49 PM
> To: jackrabbit-dev@incubator.apache.org
> Subject: Best Practice: defining custom nodes
> I've got my repository's custom nodes defined, and I have no problem
> reading them in (I'm using Jackrabbit's xml.NodeTypeReader) and
> adding them to the repository. The question I have is, where is the
> best place to do this? I'd love to be able to specify my custom
> nodes, or at least the file location, in a config file someplace, and
> have Jackrabbit read them in automatically if/when it has to create
> the repository for the first time. What I don't want to be doing is
> trying to add them every time I get a Session since they only need to
> be configured once.
> What is the current Best Practice for adding custom nodes to the
> repository when it is created? From what I can tell, the
> specification of the Repository configuration DTD has been left
> entirely up to the implementation.
> Thanks,
> Mark

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