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Subject: RE: [sca-j] ISSUE 4 - Dependency reinjection


Thanks for the proposal.  It is good to have something concrete as it help crystallise the

Please help me understand the rationale for treating Composite-scoped components
differently from Conversation scoped components.

Both types of component have an extended lifecycle.  Both may easily have a lifecycle
that spans changes in configuration that affects their references, even where those
references are not conversational and do not in themselves involve some extended
lifetime.  Why is it justified to change references in the one case and not allow changes
in the other case?

Yours,  Mike.

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"Michael Rowley" <mrowley@bea.com> wrote on 29/11/2007 20:19:28:


> I took an action item to make a more specific proposal for
> dependency reinjection.  Here it is:

> Reinjection
> -----------
> References MAY be reinjected after the initial creation of a
> component due to a change in wiring that has occurred since the
> component was initialized.  In order for reinjection to occur, the
> following MUST be true:

> - The component MUST be composite-scoped.
> - The reference MUST use either field-based injection or setter
> injection.  References that are injected through constructor
> injection MUST NOT be changed.

> - If the reference has a conversational interface, then a
> conversation MUST NOT be active at the time of the reinjection.

> If processing in reaction to a change in a reference is necessary,
> then setter injection should be used, with code in the setter method
> that does the proper processing in reaction to a change.

> Components with any scope other than the composite scope MUST NOT
> have references reinjected.  If an operation is called on a
> reference where the target of that reference is no longer valid,
> then InvalidServiceException MUST be thrown.

> In cases where changes to a reference are not valid, the reference
> as accessed through the component context also MUST NOT change.  
> More precisely, the ComponentContext.getService() and
> getServiceReference() methods MUST return the same reference target
> as would be accessed through injection.  However, the
> ServiceReference that is returned by getServiceReference() never
> changes its target.  If the wiring of a composite component causes a
> reference to be reinjected, any ServiceReference object that was
> acquired before the reinjection will still correspond to the target
> prior to the change.  If the target service for a ServiceReference
> ever becomes invalid, then attempts to call business methods through
> that ServiceReference MUST throw InvalidServiceException.

> The rules for reference reinjection also apply to references with a
> 0..N or 1..N.  This means that in the cases listed above where
> reference reinjection is not allowed, the array or Collection for
> the reference MUST NOT change their contents.  In cases where the
> contents of a reference collection MAY change, then for references
> that use setter injection, the setter method MUST be called for any
> change to the contents.  The injected collection MAY be the same
> collection object as is currently used by the component, but with
> some change to its contents.

> Michael

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