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From Morgan <morgan.haut...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Discuss: Use DS for karaf bundles
Date Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:58:42 GMT
I only see one problem.
JB wants to keep a normal/default distro where scr could have a place in 
the distro and also a minimal distro without scr so I don't know how you 
would deal with that?

On 2016-03-17 16:43, Christian Schneider wrote:
> We currently use some custom Activator base classes to wire the karaf 
> bundles. The goal of this was to avoid depending on blueprint
> as it is a quite heavy dependency and makes it harder to use a 
> different blueprint impl or version.
> There are some problems with this approach though:
> - It makes it harder for new people to understand what we are doing
> - The custom code is more error prone than a proven framework
> So I propose to switch our own bundles to use DS to expose and wire 
> services.
> There are some advantages:
> - The DS annotation approach is easier to understand and more self 
> documenting than the custom code
> - We get rid of the classes in util for the custom code
> - The scr commands help diagnose problems
> The main cost is that we need to always install the felix scr bundle.
> To prove that it can work I switched bundle core in a branch 
> https://github.com/apache/karaf/tree/EXPERIMENTAL_DS .
> The DS based code works quite nicely.
> Btw. I found a small problem with our shell command extender. It only 
> seems to work on all commands or none. If there is any required 
> service missing then none of the commands is installed.
> This made it hard for me to diagnose problems as I was missing all 
> bundle commands ;-)
> So while working on the switch I thought about two improvements to the 
> extender:
> 1. Work on each command individually. So each command can activate as 
> soon as the deps are met
> 2. Provide a service and commands to diagnose problems like the scr 
> commands
> Christian

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