Yesterday on the chat I gave a quick overview of the idea of removing the processor/mediator divide. I don't take credit for this idea. Ant suggested it - I think it was on a previous chat. Anyway, at the time I didn't like it much. But since then it has slowly wormed its way into my head.
Here is a better description (I hope).
The idea is that for any given message, it goes to a single instance of a class that implements the mediator interface. This "master mediator" is typically a "tree" node - in other words it has references to other mediators which it executes.
How does the tree of mediators get built?
Well the standard way is this: There is an interface xml.MediatorFactory. This takes the XML, parses it and creates a Mediator instance. The xml is just the same as today. The MediatorFactory is pretty much the new name for the existing ProcessConfigurator interface.
Of course another way of creating a tree of mediators is to new up different kinds of mediators and then "wire" them together using Java calls. Or someone could write a different kind of Factory.
So the basic runtime structure is almost the same as today. The user can use <mediator> tags to use their own mediators (API). The extension writer can create a new MediatorFactory and Mediator to create a new extension - which then appears in the XML file as a new tag. The only difference is that the design is simpler, cleaner, lighter. And then the decision about processor/mediator is gone.
The only other change is that we need to make sure the SynapseEnvironment is always available. So to keep the mediator interface simple, we could add a method onto the SynapseMessage interface -
SynapseMessage.getSynapseEnvironment (). This also means we can ditch the EnvironmentAware interface so we also make the API simpler too.
Please take time to think this through... and feel free to ask me questions if I haven't explained it clearly.
Whatever we decide - this won't upset the M1 plan.
VP/Technology, WSO2 and OASIS WS-RX TC Co-chair
"Oxygenating the Web Service Platform", www.wso2.com