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From "Prakash Udupa (Created) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (TRINIDAD-2226) Provide mechanism to reload skin definitions from trinidad-skins.xml
Date Fri, 24 Feb 2012 20:11:48 GMT
Provide mechanism to reload skin definitions from trinidad-skins.xml

                 Key: TRINIDAD-2226
             Project: MyFaces Trinidad
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Skinning
    Affects Versions: 2.0.2-core
            Reporter: Prakash Udupa

Currently there is no way to be able to update the skins to an app at runtime without needing
to restart the app. Request here is to provide it in Trinidad's skinning framework.

Requirement: Provide an API that complies to the following:

1. Reads (or marks it dirty so that it is read in next request) trinidad-skins.xml and update
the new skin definitions as per its contents
2. Subsequent requests on the webapp should reflect the skin definitions from trinidad-skins.xml
that was re-read
3. Should be statically called (because the clients of such API are usually deployment tools
that work outside of JSF lifecycle)
4. Cannot depend on any context object other than ServletContext (because that is what a non-JSF
entry point to this API can provide)

Proposed API:

1. New public non-static method in ''

 * Reloads the skins that was registered with this factory.
 * Subclassers are expected to provide the implementation.
public void reload()

- We implement this in ''. In this
implementation we will preserve the order in which we register skins, which is the following:
     a) Register the base skins in Trinidad
     b) Give chance to all registered Configurator services to attach their skins to the SkinFactory
     c) Read trinidad-skins.xml from META-INF and WEB-INF, and for the skin definitions in
there, create Skins and register with the SkinFactory

- Clients will call 'SkinFactory.getFactory().reload();' after updating the trinidad-skins.xml
to be able to reload the skins in the next request to the app (browser cache clearance / Ctrl+F5
is of course needed).

2. New public method in 'org.apache.myfaces.trinidad.config.Configurator'

 * The skinning framework calls this method to notify Configurators that the specified SkinFactory
has been reloaded.
 * The Configurator implementations may choose to reload skins here.
 * @param externalContext the external context
 * @param factory the SkinFactory instance to which the skins can be reloaded
 public void reloadSkins(ExternalContext externalContext, SkinFactory factory){}

- This method will be no-op in the Configurator class, and can optionally be implemented by
any registered configurator services.
- The reload() method noted in #1 above will call this method on all registered configurator
services before attempting to register the skins from trinidad-skins.xml that it will re-read

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