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1 RSF Programmers Café and ORM in Sakai with RSF and Hibernate Antranig Basman, CARET, University of Cambridge

2 Quick Recap of RSF Points The key RSF features are: –Pure (REALLY pure) HTML templating –Zero server state processing –Built ENTIRELY of a set of Spring contexts, rather than merely integrating with Spring –Request-scope IoC container, RSAC

3 RSF compared to JSF RSF preserves all the key value points of JSF –Abstract component tree isolates you from view technology –EL bindings system isolates the data model from the view layer –Abstract dispatching procedure isolates you from the hosting environment (Servlets, Portlets, Sakai – IChannel?) But delivers on all its promises and more –Free of model classes coupling you to the framework –Speak like a native approach to HTML – anything is possible –Output is GUARANTEED valid XML –IoC throughout the framework means application fragility does not increase with size, testability &c.

4 Café TaskList app The simplest app that could be useful Demonstrates most of the key requirements on a Sakai app –ORM using standard Sakai SessionFactory (as well as other approaches, abstracted behind a DAO interface) –Rendering compliant with Sakai Style Guide –Exposing a Sakai-wide service API Written in JSF –Easily the most problematic aspect of the whole tool

5 JSF Tasklist App Structure TaskList.jsp DataModel

6 Thinking Looking at the TaskListService API in detail, it becomes clear that it only really has value *within* the app This API was created because it is awkward to deliver enough of the Sakai and other Spring dependencies to a JSF-managed bean This API and Impl can be destroyed completely in the RSF version We know that in the RSF version, the view logic in the JSP will be placed into a ViewProducer, TaskListProducer The ViewProducer is *already* a Spring-configured bean, so the dependencies which used to be delivered to TaskListServiceImpl will be transferred onto TaskListProducer Since the Producer is normal Java code which has full access to the application state, the Wrapper class is also unnecessary. The presence of the DataModel in what should be the business layer of the app was an unconditional excrescence.

7 JSF Tasklist App Structure 2 TaskList.jsp DataModel

8 RSF Tasklist App Structure TaskList.html

9 Timeline 1 Run the JSF app, and save the HTML it produces (take a look at this as TaskList-originalJSF.html) Clean up the HTML (considerably) and annotate with rsf:id Take faces-config.xml and convert into the equivalent Spring declarations –Message bundle -> Spring MessageSource (remember to convert. to / in path) – -> RSAC requestContext.xml –NavigationCase -> return from TaskListProducer

10 Timeline 2 Deal with web.xml –Spring listener declaration is unchanged –FacesServlet -> ReasonableSakaiServlet –Remove JSF context params –Add RSF context param resourceurlbase = context name –Alter Sakai Request Filter mapping to ONLY apply to path faces/ (no flexibility here with current SakaiRSF – but who cares – noone should see tool URLs anyway)

11 Timeline 3 Deal with project.xml –A mess, as with all Maven stuff –Basically, remove JSF dependencies (JSF and commons-X stuff) and add RSF dependencies (Spring, CGLib, XPP, ServletUtil and PonderUtilCore) NB this project does not use Sakai master project but has hard-coded version numbers

12 Timeline 4 Write the ViewProducer! –In this case, virtually all the logic ended up in this file. –Made more sense to inject most leaf dependencies into the TaskListBean (e.g. siteId) –This isnt quite the expected effect, since all this code actually has framework dependence –But there is much less of it in total, and what there is is more straightforward –And in truth this actually *is* view logic. There is just a lot less business logic in this app than appears at first sight. –Talk about LocaleGetter

13 ORM with RSF (OTP style) This app used Hibernate ORM, but did not use the RSFHibernate integration library Demonstrates the broad church approach of RSF Basically, if it a Spring bean already, you can just use it in RSF without any problems RSF ORM enables us to destroy yet more code from this app.

14 RSF Tasklist App Structure with OTP TaskList.html

15 Nearly Actually TaskListManager is serving a dual purpose in our refactored RSF app Not only is it the apps interface to its storage, it is also Sakais interface to the app This only happens because the app is essentially just a CRUD app. For more complex apps these interfaces would diverge. RSF only lets you get rid of internal APIs, not external ones! So in fact we would need to preserve TaskListManager for this app for its external function

16 Transit Beans Also, this app does indeed contain one line of actual business logic. if (newtask.getTask() == null || newtask.getTask().equals("")) { return "error"; } This is essentially validation logic. In RSF, this belongs in Transit Beans A POJO with a setter, and a getter, which throws an exception if value is invalid. Use request-scope IoC to wire it into the setter chain

17 How does RSF OTP work? Assigns a unique EL path to each Entity managed by ORM This is why returning a Map from the RSF version of TaskListManager is the beginning of OTP The EL path for the TaskList with Id of 5 is #{TaskList.5} Add new entities with the special id form #{ 1} Issue special binding type (UIDeletionBinding) to unlink or delete an existing entity If the request concludes normally, commit – if any kind of exception propagates out, rollback

18 OTP result The TaskListBean disappears entirely!! TaskListManager disappears entirely (except for external function) Issue: We cant do this in RSF right now, since there is no deletion binding form for issuing multiple deletes Will be fixed in RSF 0.6.4

19 Working example: HibernateCookbook Look at javacategory version at Syntax for a Command link operating a deletion binding: UICommand destroy = UICommand.make(reciperow, "recipe-destroy"); destroy.parameters.add( new UIDeletionBinding("#{Recipe." + id +"}")); Isnt this cool? Brings Java that much closer to the convention over configuration scriptaculous scumbag crowd

20 What OTP requires If you have your own SessionFactory, just point RSF at it and it will manage all the entities in it By default, just define a bean called sessionFactory If you are sharing a SessionFactory (e.g. Sakai GlobalSessionFactory), need to list the entities you want managed You dont have to use Hibernate to use OTP – All thats required is: –An AlterationWrapper to enclose the action logic which needs to be transactional –A set of BeanLocators which expose the entities at their root paths

21 Takehome Message There will always need to be external APIs But internally you can do away with boring DAOs and action beans, for all basic CRUD functionality For some apps, the external API is as wide as the data model, so this is not so much benefit OTP is just another RSF design option, the first version of the app worked just fine and was probably quite enough of an improvement on the JSF version. If you are still dealing with Hibernate under the covers, you still need to watch out!

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