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From "Rogelio Baucells" <rbauce...@investran.com>
Subject RE: Auditing capabilities on top of IBatis
Date Mon, 14 Aug 2006 16:21:45 GMT
Hi Clinton,

I agree with you about inheriting from SqlMapper but if I create my own implementation of
ISqlMapper and use that one instead of the one supplied by IBatis we have the other problems
I mentioned in my last email, for example the collection proxies inside IBatis are referring
the SqlMapper class and not the interface ISqlMapper. So I cannot use those implementations
for collections, I have to create my own. To allow the replacement of the default SqlMapper
we have to make sure everything inside IBatis is using references to the ISqlMapper interface.
I did not ended inheriting from SqlMapper as I mentioned in my last email but the hack we
applied to our auditing implementation is not a good design. 

All I am proposing is providing an extensible way to modify IBatis default implementation.
If such functionality is desired we can work together on an implementation.

Thanks for your response,


From: Clinton Begin [mailto:clinton.begin@gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 12:04 PM
To: user-cs@ibatis.apache.org
Subject: Re: Auditing capabilities on top of IBatis

Don't inherit from SqlMapper!!!!   It has an interface ISqlMapper that you can implement
with a proxy class of your own.  

In general, be very careful extending classes from any framework.  Look for an interface
first.  If one doesn't exist, your still better off favouring delegation over inheritance
by creating your own facade class. 

On 8/14/06, Rogelio Baucells <rbaucells@investran.com> wrote:


We have the requirement of implementing auditing at the property level
for our object model. We need to audit all changes to public properties
and persist the auditing information at the time the entity is been 
saved. We are evaluating IBatis for such task as the persistence layer
and we have a prototype already working. We had to modify some parts of
IBatis to acomplish this task:

1- We need to modify the way objects are created, for that we created 
our own IObjectFactory and returned our own IFactory for the entities we
need to audit. This IFactory creates a dynamic proxy with some extra
functionality needed for the auditing.

We had to modify DomSqlMapBuilder since there is no way to set a custom 
IObjectFactory at the time of creating a SqlMapper. I think that it
would be a good enhancement to IBatis having the posibility to specify
your own IObjectFactory and set/get accessors.

2- Another thing we needed was the ability to intercept calls to some 
methods in the SqlMap class, the easiest way to accomplish this was
inheriting from the SqlMapper class but the contructor is internal. Also
there is no way to change the way the SqlMapper instance is created
inside DomSqlMapBuilder and in several places in the code classes are
using a reference to the SqlMapper class instead of the ISqlMapper
interface. We finish doing a hack inside our dynamic proxy
implementation of the domain model entities since the change in the 
IBatis code was a little more complicated than the one before.

I think the ability to extend/modify IBatis functionality is something
necessary in some cases and it should be built into the main code base.
A functionality similar to the Hibernate interceptors is a good idea or
the possibility to change the default implementation of
accessors/factories and the SqlMapper itself are needed in some cases. I
can work on adding those changes to the main code base if the community 
think it is necessary.



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