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From "Patrick Linskey" <>
Subject RE: Extending the OpenJPA implementation
Date Mon, 14 Aug 2006 21:57:38 GMT
As yet, we have not found it to be necessary to extend
org.apache.openjpa.persistence.PersistenceProviderImpl in our own
extensions of OpenJPA. However, you rightly point out that the current
org.apache.openjpa.persistence.ConfigurationProviderImpl is pretty
tightly coupled to

ConfigurationProviders don't know anything about PersistenceProviders,
of course, and need to be constructible via a no-args constructor. But
maybe the PersistenceProviderImpl could populate the
ConfigurationProvdierImpl with information about which subclass of
PersistenceProviderImpl it should succeed for.
    ConfigurationProviderImpl cp = new ConfigurationProviderImpl();
    try {
        if (cp.load(pui, map)) {
    public void setPersistenceProviderImplClass(Class cls) {
        persistenceProviderImplClass = cls;


    if (!StringUtils.isEmpty(providerName)
        && !persistenceProviderImplClass.getName().equals(providerName))
        return false;



Patrick Linskey
BEA Systems, Inc.  

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kevin Sutter [] 
> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 2:26 PM
> To:
> Subject: Extending the OpenJPA implementation
> I've been experimenting with extending the OpenJPA 
> implementation.  My first
> experiment was just extending the OpenJPA 
> PersistenceProviderImpl class and
> selectively enhancing a couple of methods.  At first, this 
> looked to be
> rather straight forward.  But, then I ran into a problem with the
> ConfigurationProviderImpl load() method since it did some 
> validation to make
> sure that a requested PersistenceProvider element was equal 
> to the currently
> executing class:
>         if (!StringUtils.isEmpty(providerName)
>             &&
> !PersistenceProviderImpl.class.getName().equals(providerName))
>             return false;
> Since I have extended the PersistenceProviderImpl class, this 
> test failed.
> I considered modifying the above conditional to be more lenient of
> openjpa-derived persistence providers, but Patrick pointed out (via a
> separate e-mail) that we might end up with some false positives when a
> specific persistence provider is requested.  Thus, we decided 
> to move this
> conversation to the dev mailing list to get a discussion started.
> From what I can tell, we have the PersistenceProviderImpl, the
> ConfigurationProvider Service, and the ProductDerivation 
> Service that can
> help develop a proper OpenJPA derivative.  Even my brief 
> experimentation
> with extending the PersistenceProviderImpl showed that this 
> would not be
> useful without extending the ConfigurationProviderImpl (or providing a
> replacement implementation).
> So, is there a defined mechanism and process for extending the OpenJPA
> persistence provider?  If not, any good starting points?  I'm 
> happy to do
> the experimentation.  I just would like to fit within the 
> defined framework.
> Thanks,
> Kevin
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