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From Niclas Hedhman <nic...@hedhman.org>
Subject Re: Don't throw Exceptions during Bootstrap
Date Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:54:47 GMT
Looking at this at the moment, and there is an "interesting" tradeoff, that
we should probably discuss.

A fair bit of deferred work is going on, i.e. delaying the work until it is
needed, in case it is not needed, which will improve start up time quite a

The down-side is that the structural problem is not showing up until any
time later, possibly in production.

I think we should remove this "lazy loading" of classes, and check
everything possible at boot time.



On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 5:30 PM, Niclas Hedhman <niclas@hedhman.org> wrote:

> Gang,
> I was just thinking;
> We want it to become more efficient to find the runtime problems. One of
> the major problems is that one gets an exception after exception the first
> time we try to get going with a new project or a new subsystem in an
> existing project. And this start->exception->edit->compile cycle is
> tedious and not fun.
> Suggestion;
> 1. Introduce a "bootstrapPhase" somewhere.
> 2. Enhance ConstructionException with exact details of everything going on.
> 3. Make the ConstructionException constructor private and introduce a
> public static method to be called.
> 4. If Application.mode() is development or test, and bootstrapPhase is
> true, then add the Exception to a ThreadLocal list, otherwise throw
> exception as previously.
> 5. Figure out when bootstrap phase is "over", check if there are any
> Excepitons in the list, if so, generate an elaborate, machine readable
> report (for tooling) and abort. Otherwise clear bootstrapPhase and continue
> as normal.
> I am not sure if all structural problems can be caught in one swoop or
> not, but I am sure it would be a big improvement. Also, there might be
> other Exceptions that should be involved in this as well.
> Cheers
> --
> Niclas Hedhman, Software Developer
> http://polygene.apache.org <http://zest.apache.org> - New Energy for Java

Niclas Hedhman, Software Developer
http://polygene.apache.org - New Energy for Java

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