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From Michael Dürig <mdue...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Values in oak-core
Date Sat, 24 Mar 2012 23:16:46 GMT
On 24.3.12 11:17, Jukka Zitting wrote:
> Hi,
> On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM, Michael Dürig<mduerig@apache.org>  wrote:
>> - I think we should add a method to PropertyState for accessing the value as
>> Scalar. However this would introduce a circular dependency between oak-core
>> and oak-mk. How should we proceed here?
> For now I was using the tree model interfaces from oak-mk to avoid
> having to maintain identical copies in oak-core.
> If we have a good case (e.g. handling of values) of why the internal
> tree model should look different in -core than in -mk, then we should
> come up with separate tree interfaces in -core.
> On the other hand, if we restrict Scalars to just a strongly typed
> version of JSON values then it might as well live inside .mk.model
> where it could come in handy if we want to do stuff like treat
> "\u0058" and "X" as equal when merging concurrent changes, etc.

That's actually the way I look at it. However moving Scalar to oak-mk 
would require us to have a dependency from oak-jcr to oak-mk which I 
think we shouldn't.

>> - Does it really make sense to allow for multiple Scalar implementations?
>> Shouldn't we just have one final class for that?
> The ScalarImpl you wrote already consists of eight classes. The one
> Thomas has in .oak.query is a single class but has more memory
> overhead. There might also be a case for lazy scalars that only parse
> the underlying JSON representation when actually needed. That's a
> whole lot of implementation detail that I really would like to keep
> clearly separate from the API.

To me Scalar is just a data object so having possibly different 
implementations just adds unnecessary complexity. (Like always, I'm 
afraid of broken equals ;-)) While I see the need for lazy loading, we 
could just as well provide factory methods which take a thunk to the 
value instead of the value itself. Like for binaries in ScalarImpl:

public static Scalar binaryScalar(final Callable<InputStream> 

But let's not get caught up with this. I can live with Scalar being an 

> PS. .oak.ScalarImpl.java is missing the Apache license header.

Sorry about that, fixed it. IntelliJ's Copyright profiles don't seem to 
work any more and I have kind of given up on this.


> BR,
> Jukka Zitting

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