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Subject [CONF] Apache Tuscany > SCA Java implementation.spring
Date Fri, 04 Sep 2009 10:26:00 GMT
Space: Apache Tuscany (http://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TUSCANY)
Page: SCA Java implementation.spring (http://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TUSCANY/SCA+Java+implementation.spring)

Edited by Ramkumar Ramalingam:
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h2. <implementation.spring>

The Tuscany Java SCA runtime supports components implemented with Spring Framework by using
the <implementation.spring> SCDL extension. 

The [Spring specification| http://www.osoa.org/download/attachments/35/SCA_SpringComponentImplementationSpecification-V100.pdf?version=1]
defines how Spring and SCA work with one another. The Spring Component implementation is one
of the SCA extensions which is being formalized in the OASIS Open Composite Services Architecture
with a published [specifications |http://www.oasis-opencsa.org/sca-spring] document.

(on) In [Spring Framework| http://static.springframework.org/spring/docs/2.5.5/reference ]
an ApplicationContext is the main interface to the Spring IoC container. It is used to look
up objects. It can be viewed as the Java object representation of the application-Context.xml
file that contains the bean definitions.

The integration with Spring will be at the SCA Composite level, where a Spring application
context provides a complete composite, exposing services and using references via SCA. This
means that a Spring application context defines the internal structure of a SCA composite

(on) Tuscany uses Spring Framework 2.5.5 (requires Java 1.4+)

h3. How Spring Application Context is used as SCA Composite Implementation?

* A Spring Application Context is used as an implementation within an SCA composite component.

* A component that uses Spring for an implementation can wire SCA services and references
without introducing SCA metadata into the Spring configuration. 
The Spring context knows very little about the SCA environment. 
* SCA runtime enforces SCA policies and Spring Application Context is unaware of it.
* It should be possible to generate an SCA Composite from any Spring context and use that
composite within an SCA assembly. 
_This feature is under review by the OASIS Specs Team, yet to be implemented in Tuscany_

h3. How to Use Spring Component Implementation?

The Spring component implementation SCDL has the following format:

   <implementation.spring location="targetURI" />

Where the location attribute of that element specifies the target uri of an archive file or
directory or the fully qualified path that contains the Spring application context files.

An example of all the three ways of specifying the target uri in the location attribute is
shown below

a) Specifying Fully Qualified Path:
   <implementation.spring location="./spring/application-context.xml" />

b) Specifying a Directory:
   <implementation.spring location="./spring" />

Here the target uri specifies the resource as a directory named "spring", where all the spring
related files are available.

c) Specifying an Archive file:
   <implementation.spring location="./spring.jar" />

Here the target uri specifies the resource as an archive file name "spring.jar", where all
the spring related files are available.

(on) In case of b) and c), If the resource identified by the location attribute is an archive
file then the file META-INF/MANIFEST.MF is read from the archive. If the location URI identifies
a directory, then META-INF/MANIFEST.MF must exist underneath that directory.

If the manifest file contains a header "Spring-Context" of the format: +Spring-Context ::=
path ( ';' path )*+

Where path is a relative path with respect to the location URI, then the set of paths specified
in the header identify the context configuration files. If there is no MANIFEST.MF file or
no Spring-Context header within that file, then the default behavior is to build an application
context using application-context.xml file in the META-INF/spring directory.

h3. How Spring Application Context is Aware of Beans used in SCA composition?

Your existing Spring Application context should define the [http://www.springframework.org/schema/sca]
namespace in order to make the Spring aware of the SCA related beans. This is shown below.

<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
       http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd
       http://www.springframework.org/schema/sca http://www.osoa.org/xmlns/sca/1.0/spring-sca.xsd">
    <sca:service name="StockQuoteService"
        type="bigbank.stockquote.StockQuoteService" target="StockQuoteServiceBean"/>

    <bean id="StockQuoteServiceBean" class="bigbank.stockquote.StockQuoteImpl">

h3. Handling multiple Spring Application Contexts 

Tuscany supports the following configurations to handle multiple Spring Application Context
XML files.

h4. Using <import> Element:
Each import element points to an application context xml file.
    <import resource="services.xml"/>
    <import resource="resources/messageSource.xml"/>

    <import resource="/resources/themeSource.xml"/>

    <bean id="bean1" class="..."/>
    <bean id="bean2" class="..."/>

h4. Using ClassPathXmlApplicationContext Bean Definition:
Each list value points to an application context xml file.
<bean id="beanRefFactory" class="org.springframework.context.support.ClassPathXmlApplicationContext">

h3. Some Examples:

h4. Spring BigBank Sample
The spring-bigbank sample demonstrates most of the functionality that is specified in the
[specifications |http://www.oasis-opencsa.org/sca-spring].

See the [simple-bigbank-spring |http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tuscany/java/sca/samples/simple-bigbank-spring/]
sample for a complete example.

h4. Direct use of SCA references within a Spring configuration
See the [spring-bigbank-calculator |http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tuscany/java/sca/samples/spring-bigbank-calculator/]
sample for a complete example of using direct SCA references within Spring configuration.

The properties like addService, subtractService, multiplyService and divideService defined
in the Spring configuration as shown below


    <sca:service name="CalculatorService"
        type="bigbank.calculator.CalculatorService" target="CalculatorServiceBean"/>

    <bean id="CalculatorServiceBean" class="bigbank.calculator.CalculatorServiceImpl">
        <!-- Here are some implicit references - a property with a ref not satisifed within
         * Spring application context.
        <property name="addService" ref="addService"/>
        <property name="subtractService" ref="subtractService"/>
        <property name="multiplyService" ref="multiplyService"/>
        <property name="divideService" ref="divideService"/>


are the direct representation of the SCA references defined in the composite file.

h4. Explicit declaration of SCA related beans inside a Spring Application Context
It is also possible to explicitly declare SCA-related beans inside a Spring configuration
to proxy SCA references. The primary reason you may do this is to enable the Spring container
to decorate the bean (using Spring AOP for example).

The properties checkingAccountService, calculatorService and stockQuoteService defined in
the Spring configuration as shown below

   <bean id="AccountServiceBean" class="bigbank.account.AccountServiceImpl">     
        <property name="calculatorService" ref="calculatorService"/>
        <property name="stockQuoteService" ref="stockQuoteService"/>
        <property name="checkingAccountService" ref="checkingAccountService"/>
        <!-- Here are some implicit references & properties - a property with a ref
not satisifed 
        * within the Spring application context.
        <property name="savingsAccountService" ref="savingsAccountService"/>
        <property name="stockAccountService" ref="stockAccountService"/>           
        <property name="currency" value="EURO"/>
    <sca:reference name="checkingAccountService" type="bigbank.account.checking.CheckingAccountService"/>
    <sca:reference name="calculatorService" type="bigbank.calculator.CalculatorService"/>
    <sca:reference name="stockQuoteService" type="bigbank.stockquote.StockQuoteService"/>

can be declared explicit as SCA beans in Spring Application Context using the <sca:reference>

See the [simple-bigbank-spring |http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tuscany/java/sca/samples/simple-bigbank-spring/]
sample for a complete example of using explicit declaration of SCA related beans.

h4. Using SCA Bindings for Spring Implementation

We know that a component that uses Spring for an implementation can wire SCA services and
references without introducing SCA metadata into the Spring configuration. The Spring context
knows very little about the SCA environment. Hence the SpringComponent implementation remains
the same as shown from some of the examples above but different bindings are chosen at the
SCA Composite level as shown below.

(on) All kind of bindings supported by SCA can be used for Spring Implementation as the bindings
are independent of Spring context. Few examples can be seen below.

h5. Working with SCA WebServices Binding

Declaring Service

<composite name="StockQuote">
    <service name="StockQuoteService" promote="StockQuoteServiceComponent">
        <interface.java interface="bigbank.stockquote.StockQuoteService"/>
        <binding.ws uri="http://localhost:8081/services/StockQuoteWebService"/>

    <component name="StockQuoteServiceComponent">
        <implementation.spring location="META-INF/spring/StockQuoteService-context.xml"/>


Declaring Reference in a component which consumes the Service declared above

<component name="AccountServiceComponent">
    <implementation.spring location="spring-context/Account-spring-context.xml"/>

    <reference name="stockQuoteService">
       <binding.ws uri="http://localhost:8081/services/StockQuoteWebService"/>

See the [spring-bigbank-stockquote | http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tuscany/java/sca/samples/spring-bigbank-stockquote/]
sample for a complete example of using SCA Web Service binding.

h5. Working with SCA RMI Binding

See the [spring-bigbank-calculator |http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tuscany/java/sca/samples/spring-bigbank-calculator/]
sample for a complete example of using SCA RMI binding.

h3. Access the Spring-ApplicationContext from everywhere in your Application
Tuscany creates an custom Application context with an implementation logic for all SCA related
beans like <sca:service>, <sca:reference> and <sca:properties> available
in the Spring Application Context.

To access the application context in your application we recommend to use the suggested approach
in this article.

h3. Non-Supported Features in Tuscany
Currently Tuscany does not support implicit SCA references and properties for scenario 1 &
2 in spring context as shown below.

h5. Scenario 1: Using implicit SCA References & Properties for Constructors
<constructor-arg><ref bean="mySCAService1"/></constructor-arg>
<constructor-arg><ref bean="mySCAService2"/></constructor-arg> 

In the above scenario, particularly in cases where the spring bean has defined only one constructor,
implicit references / properties can be supported when the contructor-arg element specifies
the type of the SCA reference/property that its trying to consume by specifying a type attribute
in the contructor-arg OR when the appropriate index attribute is specified in the constructor-arg

In cases where the spring bean has defined multiple contructors, its mandatory that all the
SCA references / properties used by the constructors should be defined explicitly. And when
the constructor-arg uses SCA reference/property within collections, those should be defined

h5. Scenario 2: Using implicit SCA References & Properties in List, Map and Set of bean
Using implicit SCA references and properties within collection as shown in the below code
sample will not be supported by Tuscany. Instead we recommed to use explicit SCA references/properties
in such cases.

<bean id="moreComplexObject" class="example.ComplexObject">
  <!-- results in a setSomeList(java.util.List) call -->
  <property name="someList">
        <value>a list element followed by a reference</value>
        <ref bean="mySCAService1" />
  <!-- results in a setSomeMap(java.util.Map) call -->
  <property name="someMap">
                <value>an entry</value>
            <value>just some string</value>
                <value>a ref</value>
            <ref bean="mySCAService2" />
  <!-- results in a setSomeSet(java.util.Set) call -->
  <property name="someSet">
        <value>just some string</value>
        <ref bean="mySCAService3" />

h5. Scenario 3: Exposing SCA Service from Spring Bean that implements multiple interfaces.

Raised as Specification Issue: http://www.osoa.org/jira/browse/JAVA-59

h3. Spring SCA Namespace schema

The spring-sca.xsd can be found at the following location: [http://www.osoa.org/xmlns/sca/1.0/spring-sca.xsd]

h3. References

Spring Framework - http://static.springframework.org/spring/docs/2.5.5/reference/index.html


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