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Subject: RE: [wsbpel] RE: Issue - 207 - Revised description

ok, on re-reading very carefully, you aren't quite suggesting what I
thought you were - that a handler in scope A could fire the compensation
handler for scope A. Except you are, in the assertion that <compensate
/> in a fault handler runs the default compensation handler. And then
find yourself in contradiction to the rule that compensation handlers
are only installed on successful completion of their scope.

This would seem to be more easily coped with by saying that
<compensate/> performs the compensations, but does not trigger the
default handler - i.e. it is another way of doing the same thing, but
isn't the same packaging.

But most of the issue is concerned with sorting out what happens if a
handler contains a scope, with compensation handler, which I'm not sure
is necessarily the related to <compensate /> in handlers. It might be
simpler to deem the handler to be scope in its own right. Or ban inner
scopes in handlers ? or handlers in handlers.

But these are resolutions of the issue, which hasn't been accepted yet.
I do agree (now) that both cases could be clarified, so I think the
issue should be accepted.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Yaron Y. Goland [mailto:ygoland@bea.com] 
> Sent: 19 May 2005 18:55
> To: Furniss, Peter
> Cc: wsbpel@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: Re: [wsbpel] RE: Issue - 207 - Revised description
> I'm not sure what you mean. Today it is legal and appropriate 
> to use the 
> compensate activity from inside of a fault handler. I've 
> reviewed this 
> mail twice and I'm still not clear as to your concern.
> Could you please give a short example of something that you think is 
> illegal in the spec today that this issue would now make 
> legal that is 
> causing you concern?
> 	Thanks,
> 		Yaron
> Furniss, Peter wrote:
> > Looking at the substance of this proposed issue, it seems to be 
> > proposing a
> > rather different model from the existing one.  Surely the 
> existing model is 
> > that, until a scope exits, anything that it has done but 
> that will need 
> > unwinding in the event of fault has to be coped with by the 
> fault handler; after 
> > the scope has exited, it is the responsibility of that 
> scope's compensation handler.
> >  
> > There will be cases where some more sophisticated pattern 
> might seem 
> > more
> > convenient - if scope B does operation b1, then b2, then 
> b3, all directly in B, 
> > then the fault handler may need to know if b2 has been done 
> to work out if it 
> > must undo it. The solution of course is to put the 
> operations each in its own 
> > scope, in which case B can leave it to the default fault 
> handler to undo things 
> > backwards, but only of the things that have finished.
> >  
> > The issue does raise some questions of what happens if a 
> compensation 
> > handler
> > itself contains a scope.
> >  
> > 
> > Peter
> > 
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