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From Ron Wheeler <rwhee...@artifact-software.com>
Subject Re: A New Initiative
Date Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:37:13 GMT
Are we in a position to make a decision about the Framework?
- Drop it as a product
- Fix so it is a product
- Replace it with another framework.

It is the first thing that needs to be cleaned up to deal with the 
issues that Taher raises about add-ons.

Then we can look at defining a clean interface for add-ons where a 
person can build an add-on and a user can adopt it without breaking the 
implied warranty offered by an Apache project.


On 31/08/2015 4:13 AM, Taher Alkhateeb wrote:
> Hi Pierre and everyone,
> I like your idea but also observe a bit of a challenge in implementing it due to an inherent
problem in the design of OFBiz architecture.
> One of the things I suffered with personally while developing with OFBiz is in terms
of component dependency. I think that OFBiz as it currently stands does not have a proper
architecture allowing loose coupling of components. I especially had a problem with this in
> So why is this a problem? Because additional plugins would naturally need to modify some
core component(s) and there needs to be a two-way communication between the components, and
this needs to be done in a way whereby you can easily remove or upgrade a component and your
application would continue operating without damaging the system.
> So I think having a software eco-system around OFBiz would require first implementing
a proper architecture using something like OSGI. We might look at existing implementations
like http://www.eclipse.org/equinox/ or http://felix.apache.org/ and figure out how to integrate
> If we do not implement something like the above, then you might be susceptible to conflicts
between plugins, inability to update or uninstall plugins, inability to track database changes,
and other issues on a similar line.
> My 2 cents!
> Cheers,
> Taher Alkhateeb
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Sharan-F" <sharan.foga@gmail.com>
> To: user@ofbiz.apache.org
> Sent: Monday, 31 August, 2015 10:43:15 AM
> Subject: Re: A New Initiative
> Hi Pierre
> I think this is a really good idea. I know the idea of addons (e.g. Apache
> Extras and ofbizextra) especially has been raised in the past but has not
> had a lot marketing around it.
> I'm sure that a lot of useful code has been developed that might not have
> made it into the trunk or that people may want to sell. This would also give
> some good visibility to see what exactly additional functionality is
> available.
> Thanks
> Sharan

Ron Wheeler
Artifact Software Inc
email: rwheeler@artifact-software.com
skype: ronaldmwheeler
phone: 866-970-2435, ext 102

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