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From "Karthick Sankarachary (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (ODE-371) Auto Complete Copy Destination (L-Value)
Date Fri, 12 Sep 2008 20:59:44 GMT
Auto Complete Copy Destination (L-Value)

                 Key: ODE-371
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ODE-371
             Project: ODE
          Issue Type: New Feature
    Affects Versions: 1.2
         Environment: platform-independent
            Reporter: Karthick Sankarachary
             Fix For: 1.3

A lot of times, users expect the <copy> operation in a WS-BPEL assign activity to behave
such that the path specified by the destination ("to-spec") is automatically created, if it
doesn't already exist. By default, if the to-spec used within a <copy> operation does
not select exactly one XML information item during execution, then the standard fault bpel:selectionFailure
is thrown (as mandated by the spec).

To override this default behavior, we introduce a insertMissingToData attribute in the <copy>
operation, which if it is set to "yes", will instruct the runtime to complete the (XPath)
L-value specified by the to-spec, if no items were selected. For the sake of simplicity, we
will complete the to-spec if and only if:
a) It's a path expression whose steps are separated by "/", and
b) Its steps have an axis, which is either "child" or "attribute", and
c) Its steps have no following predicates, and
d) Its steps test the name of a node,  without the use of wildcards.

Formally, the grammar of the to-spec, for which auto-complete is enabled, may be defined in
terms of these productions:
    PathExpr              ::=    ("/" RelativePathExpr?) | RelativePathExpr
    RelativePathExpr      ::=    ForwardStep (("/" ) ForwardStep)*
    ForwardStep           ::=    (ForwardAxis QName) | AbbrevForwardStep
    AbbrevForwardStep     ::=    "@"? QName
    ForwardAxis           ::=    ("child" "::") | ("attribute" "::")

The example below illustrates the use of the insertMissingToData attribute. Let's say that
the variable "response" is uninitialized. In that case, the first <copy> operation will
fail, whereas the second one will succeed.


    <copy insertMissingToData="yes">

Best Regards,
Karthick Sankarachary

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