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Subject: NEW ISSUE: Component Type file name is too restrictive

RAISER: Bryan Aupperle
TARGET: SCA Assembly Specification
DESCRIPTION: (Line Numbers taken from SCA Assembly Specification Committee Draft 01 (dated 2008-04-22))
Lines 185-186 state: A component type file has the same name as the implementation file but has the extension “.componentType”.

This works only for languages where the executable artifact for an implementation is distinct from the executable artifact from other implementations. In languages like C++, multiple implementations are likely linked together is a common executable file (DLL).  Source files are not appropriate for basing the name either since the actual code files (as opposed to header files) typically will not be available at runtime.  A case could be made for basing componentType files on header files, but this does not work for all languages either (C in particular).

We need to allow for an implementation to point to the artifact(s) defining the component type with no forced relationship between the implementation artifact name and the componentType artifact(s).


Delete the above sentence and modify the following sentences to be: The component type is defined by a componentType element in the componentType file. The extension of a componentType files is “.componentType” but its name and location depends on the type of the component implementation: the specifics are described in the respective client and implementation model specification for the implementation type.

Bryan Aupperle, Ph.D.
STSM, WebSphere Enterprise Platform Software Solution Architect

Research Triangle Park,  NC
+1 919-254-7508 (T/L 444-7508)
Internet Address: aupperle@us.ibm.com

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