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Subject: Re: [sca-assembly] Concrete Exit Criteria for the SCA Assembly TC- Proposal

Hi Martin,

As I said, I think I would be satisfied with one implementation that passes the test suite. Then again, of the two announced implementations I'm aware of, I don't know how close the non-Tuscany one is to passing the test suite. If it passes already, then the distinction between 0, 1, and 2 is mostly academic, isn't it?


On 2/25/11 6:25 AM, Martin Chapman wrote:
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See my answer to Jim. We can argue why we built  test suites, either to validate the spec or to test conformance of implementations (they are both right IMHO) but the real question is do we want two implementations to pass the TC Test suite before we can progress to an OASIS Standard vote.




From: Eric Johnson [mailto:eric@tibco.com]
Sent: 24 February 2011 21:40
To: Jim Marino
Cc: OASIS Assembly
Subject: Re: [sca-assembly] Concrete Exit Criteria for the SCA Assembly TC - Proposal


Hi Jim, Jeff,

On 2/24/11 10:40 AM, Jim Ma! rino wrote:

Hi Jeff,


Comments inline.




On Feb 23, 2011, at 3:05 PM, Jeff Mischkinsky wrote:

On Feb 23, 2011, at 11:34 AM, Jim Marino wrote:

Hi Martin,


I guess I may now be even more confused, probably because of my ignorance of OASIS rules. Why would the exit criteria for the TC require an implementation to adhere to something that is not no! rmative, specifically running and passing the TC-supplied test suite? Also, who determines whether a runtime passes or not?

I am having a hard time pinning down your confusion.


I guess my confusion was not clear :-) 


I understand that the the TC-supplied test suite is not normative and that an entity responsible for an SCA runtime can legitimately claim conformance without running the TC-supplied test suite. It is up to the court of public opinion to validate conformance claims.  


My question was why the exit criteria would require two runtimes to also implement/run non-normative TC artifacts? That seems inconsistent with! how other non-normative aspects of the specification are handled, such as optional sections, which are not required. Are there other OASIS TCs that have adopted exit criteria which require implementations to pass conformance tests?

This point, at least, I understand. As I understand it, the test suite is normative material, although not, as you note, a criteria for conforming.

If I understood him correctly, during the bindings call this morning, Mike Edwards indicated he disagrees with me, but I do think that a key part of the test suite is to validate the normative statements of the spec. If you can't write a test for a particular normative statement, or a particular clause of a normative statement, then perhaps the normative statement shouldn't be normative. Or maybe you write the test, and realize while thinking through all the cases that the normative statement leaves possibilities out. Or maybe writing t! he tests highlights an area where there's too much implementation leeway, and more normative statements might be in order. The best way to find any of that out is to write a test suite. As I recall, all of these situations arose during the development of the test suites.

Now that we have the tests, do we need the them to run against two implementations? Personally, I'd be satisfied by one.



There is a test suite that has been developed by the TC. When you take your implementation and run it through the test suite, you get an "answer". That's the answer you are looking for.

The exit criteria require that there be 2 independent impls that run the test suite, and get answer that says "yes" (or all green ;-).


Did you intend to say "the proposed exit criteria"? As it currently stands, the TC charter says nothing about mandating an implementation run the test suite. Assuming exit criteria were adopted that mandated the test suite be passed by two independent runtimes, how would that be done? In other words, who decides and verifies the tests were "all green"? Does the entity responsible for a runtime need to make the test suite and integration code (or binaries) required to plug the runtime into the test suite publicly available? Or is it enough for the entity to claim its runtime passes?

I concur with Jim here. If an implementation professes to implement the spec, but then fails the test suite, that's a fairly obvious point that the marketplace can sort out. Vendors might declare "we pass 90+%" for example. Leave it to the end users to figure out whether that last X perc! ent matters.







On Feb 23, 2011, at 10:54 AM, Martin Chapman wrote:




I think you are confusing the normative-ness of the test suite with TC exit criteria.

You are correct that to claim conformance you don’t have to pass the TC’s test suite, but that is different from the TC saying that in order to progress the spec to Committee Specification/OASIS Standard we want two implementations passing the TC’s test suite.




From: Jim Marino [mailto:jim.marino@gmail.com]

Sent: 22 February 2011 20:08

To: OASIS Assembly

Subject: Re: [sca-assembly] Concrete Exit Criteria for t! he SCA Assembly TC - Proposal




The first bullet makes sense to me. Concerning the second, my understanding is the TC Test Suite is not normative and the only thing required for conformance is for the entity responsible for a particular runtime to declare that it adheres to the normative portions of the Assembly Specification. In other words, it should be valid for a runtime to claim conformance that supplies its own test suite, which may or may not be based on the TC one. This essentially goes back to using the "court of public opinion" to judge conformance claims as opposed to something akin to a TCK.






On Feb 18, 2011, at 6:19 AM, Mike Edwards wrote:






I propose the following as the Exit Criteria to be adopted by the SCA Ass! embly TC:


"The Concrete Exit Criteria for the SCA Assembly V1.1 specification are that:


o there shall be 2 independent SCA runtimes that are compliant with all normative portions of the

specification as described in! Section 12.2 of the SCA Assembly V1.1 specification


o the 2 independent runtimes shall pass the Test Suite for SCA Assembly as described in the document

'TestCases for the SCA Assembly Model Version 1.1 Specification' "



I believe that this is sufficient to cover:

- the question of conformance to the spec

- the issues of portability and interoperability


since the test suite is a pretty thorough examination of conformance to the spec (there are testcases for

all normative statements with testable & observable consequences) and the test suite is also a test of portability,

since the test suite has an extensive set of ar! tifacts that are ported to each runtime and interoperability is

checked through the use of Web services being used between the SCA runtime and a non-SCA (JAXWS) client.




Yours, Mike

Dr Mike Edwards

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