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Re: [higgins-dev] style IdAS Registration

If U3 is not possible, then I'm not sure U2 is even feasible (at least the way I understand  I think I didn't qualify very well what I meant by "all known".  Let me ask differently.
If we have the notion of a Context Provider Registry (which as I understand it is simply another set of service endpoints in one or more XRDS documents), then in order to enumerate them all, the "enumerator" would have to be configured with (or be able to discover) a set of XRDS documents to go looking through.  Not knowing much about XRI/XRDS, I'm not sure if/how that would work.
Similarly for U3, if we have the notion of a Context Registry (which is also a set of service endpoints in one or more XRDS documents), then it seems like the same procedure would be followed to enumerate them.
Also, I'm still unsure of what's required.  It looks like Valery has a different use case (find a Context that has X capability).  I don't think all of a Context's capabilities can be represented in the config (in the Context Registry) -- specifically if the capability is "supports my favorite schema" -- as capabilities like that can change quite dynamically.  For that use case, it almost seems like we would be required to enumerate all Contexts, and apply the capability test(s) to each.
Probably best not to let this bog down work toward U1, but we need to keep it in mind.

>>> "Markus Sabadello" <msabadello@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 7/10/07 7:42 PM >>>
Hello Jim,

I'm especially looking forward to your feedback.

The new IdASRegistry will only instantiate and configure Context Factories that are really needed. It will not start up with a fully populated list of everything it can find. Once a Context Factory is instantiated and configured, it will be cached by the IdASRegistry in case it is needed again later (unless the cache is explicitly disabled).

I agree U1 is the "core use case", and it will be easy.
U2 will also be possible but obviously is a more expensive operation than U1.
U3 (with my current understanding) will NOT be possible. The IdASRegistry can find a Context Factory for a given Context Id, but it can NOT register Context Ids or Contexts itself. If anyone sees a problem with that, let me know !!!

More information + examples + code coming soon...


On 7/10/07, Jim Sermersheim <jimse@xxxxxxxxxx > wrote:
I've been wondering about the way the current IdASRegistry works and am interested in finding out what you'll be doing to change it.  For example, I dislike that the current IdASRegistry gets populated with Context Factories that may never be used.  Sometimes I'm left wondering -- why do we need an IdASRegistry at all? 
I think we need some use cases.  If the only use case we have is like this:
U1) From a known ContextID, create an instance of IContext
then it seems like we only need a way to resolve the contextID to the proper config data, from that context config we locate the context factory config data, and between these two sets of data, we're able to get an instance of the factory, and from that, get an instance of the context.  For this, I don't see a need to fill up a registry from which we then query as to which factory can produce the context.
If we have other use cases like:
U2) Enumerate all known Context Factories
U3) Enumerate all known Contexts, all instantiated Contexts, or all potential Contexts
then we might need something more like today's registry.  At first, we thought we might need U2 and/or U3, but no one has ever used them (that I know of).
Likely there are even more use cases that I haven't listed, but none of which have been required yet either.

>>> "Markus Sabadello" <msabadello@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 7/10/07 5:21 PM >>>


Just to let everyone know, I have been working on a replacement for IdASRegistry, which uses XRDS documents to register and retrieve context factories. I will have much more information about this within the next few days and then hope to get feedback / suggestions on it!

For now I can say it will make proper use of the Configuration component, so if you make JNDIContextFactory a configurable component, that's the way to go!


On 7/10/07, Tom Doman <TDoman@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Is anyone using the style of registering Context Factories any more?  It seemed an odd fit from the get go but now that I'm converting over to the new higgins configuration code in the JNDI CP, I will not even be able to support that method any more.  I'm making the JNDIContextFactory a configurable component and the method doesn't allow for any additional configuration to be passed.  I could support a "null" configuration for the JNDIContextFactory (which is, in essence, what I've done until now), but I figure, why support this method at all any more if noone is using it.  The only code I know of which even try to test it is in the JNDI CP test suite.

I vote we rip the registration mechanism out of the IdASRegistry.  Can anyone justify it's continued existence?


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