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From "Appddevvv (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (PIVOT-514) create an annotation to specify the default "child" property of a component used by the serializer to attach children objects
Date Thu, 03 Jun 2010 17:49:00 GMT
create an annotation to specify the default "child" property of a component used by the serializer
to attach children objects
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                 Key: PIVOT-514
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIVOT-514
             Project: Pivot
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: wtk
            Reporter: Appddevvv
            Priority: Minor


Add an annotation called @ContentProperty that specifies the default property to attach children
to in the serializer. I found that I was making mistakes when creating WTKX that this annotation
and a default "child attachment" approach could help. Benefits include:

a) The client does not need to know which property to attach the children to. 
b) To add objects to a collection the parent object does not need to extend from sequence.
The sequence can be contained in the object instead of implementing the interface. Containment
can be another approach to getting content into the parent objects versus inheritance.
c) You can change some of the properties in the class where attachment occurs and your WTKX
files do not have to change.

The default mechanism would be similar to what exists today. It's a simple extension of it.
The "attach child" search would be:

a) If the content property is specified, use that property to add the child to. If the content
property is a collection, add it to the collection.
b) If the content property is not specified,
b.1) If the parent object is a collection (this is how it is handled today) then add it to
the collection using the List.add(Object) method.
b.2) Add it to the property specified in the XML. This is also how it is handled today.

I wrote this for a small modeled framework similar to pivot and could work up a couple of
patches for this. This is very similar to how wpf handles child content specifications in
XML. Thoughts?


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