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From "Jan Dockx (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (OPENJPA-758) OpenJPA doesn't find ValueHandlers with an applicable class loader
Date Fri, 31 Oct 2008 15:09:44 GMT
OpenJPA doesn't find ValueHandlers with an applicable class loader

                 Key: OPENJPA-758
             Project: OpenJPA
          Issue Type: Improvement
    Affects Versions: 1.0.3
         Environment: WebSphere 6.1, any other, 1.0.3 and probably all existing others
            Reporter: Jan Dockx
            Priority: Blocker

We are working with ValueHandlers for enterprise applications that   
will be deployed on WebSphere, currently We believe that the   
current OpenJPA implementation has made a less than stellar choice in   
how to load value handlers, and suggest a change

ValueHandlers are naturally (or so we find) specific for certain value   
types, that are often dependent on the semantics of your business, and   
thus are part of the application, in some way bundled in the ear you   
are deploying. We do unit testing out of the container with OpenJPA   
1.0.3, and everything works like a charm. 

When we deploy on WebSphere however, nothing works. OpenJPA does not   
find our value handlers. 
Luckily OpenJPA is open source :-), so we found with certainty that   
the reason is that OpenJPA tries to load the value handler with the   
class loader that loaded the meta information for the property. The   
class of that object is part of OpenJPA, and inside WebSphere, OpenJPA   
is loaded with a class loader that has no access to the application   
code, the code in the ear. So, ClassNotFoundException. Bummer. 

The long term solution, we believe, is not to use the classloader   
associated with the meta information for the property (i.e., the   
OpenJPA class loader), but instead the class loader of the entity for   
which we are working (which is also reachable via the parameters of   
the method that does the loading). Using the class loader of the   
actual value we want to handle is not an option, since the value can   
be null. The entity however is normally also part of the application,   
the ear, and cannot be null. 

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