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From Pinaki Poddar <ppod...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [jira] Commented: (OPENJPA-952) Utilize Sun JDK's Attach API to dynamically load the OpenJPA enhancer agent
Date Wed, 04 Mar 2009 03:54:05 GMT

Hi,
  Can someone explain this deep interest to 'runtime enhancement'? In
production, no one in sane mind will attempt it. In development, what is the
real reason of bypassing build-time enhancement? An extra build step? Or is
it that there is a 'cool factor' in redefining a class on the fly? 
   No doubt, runtime enhancement is a difficult problem -- but what extra
value does it add? 




JIRA jira@apache.org wrote:
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> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OPENJPA-952?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel&focusedCommentId=12678483#action_12678483
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> Rick Curtis commented on OPENJPA-952:
> -------------------------------------
> 
> Yes I think it would be possible to move the loading of the agent into the
> factory ctor. It would close the window a little, but the window will
> still exit. I'll update the patch I'm working on.
> 
> If an Entity class is loaded by the JVM before the agent is loaded, that
> class will fallback to subclassing enhancement. In the small tests that I
> have run on my machine, bytecode enhacement plays nicely with subclassing
> enhancement. I'll look into whether or not it would be possible to
> redefine a class that has already been loaded. I'll tell you that it
> doesn't look promising... see below.
> 
> http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/api/java/lang/instrument/Instrumentation.html#redefineClasses(java.lang.instrument.ClassDefinition[])
> ...
> The redefinition may change method bodies, the constant pool and
> attributes. The redefinition must not add, remove or rename fields or
> methods, change the signatures of methods, or change inheritance. These
> restrictions maybe be lifted in future versions. 
> ...
> 
> 
> 
>> Utilize Sun JDK's Attach API to dynamically load the OpenJPA enhancer
>> agent
>> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>>                 Key: OPENJPA-952
>>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OPENJPA-952
>>             Project: OpenJPA
>>          Issue Type: Improvement
>>          Components: kernel
>>    Affects Versions: 2.0.0
>>         Environment: Sun 1.6 JDK. 
>> Note: The Attach API is ONLY a part of the JDK, not the SDK.
>>            Reporter: Rick Curtis
>>
>> When running in a JSE environment, OpenJPA could use the Attach API to
>> dynamically load the enhancer agent at runtime. Dynamically loading the
>> enhancer means that an OpenJPA developer doesn't need to configure a
>> -javaagent. Doing this would dramatically improve the out of box
>> performance, and also improve the ease of use. 
>> This improvement has the following caveats:
>> 1.) This API is ONLY a part of the 1.6 JDK.
>> 2.) This API is supported by only the Sun JDK.
>> 3.) If the agent is loaded from the earliest OpenJPA code, the agent will
>> be laoded when creating an EntityManager in the EntityManagerFactoryImpl.
>> If an Entity class is loaded by the JVM before the enhancer agent is
>> loaded, that class' byte code will not be enhanced. 
>> Attach API -
>> http://java.sun.com/javase/6/docs/technotes/guides/attach/index.html
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