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Riena/Getting Started with stages

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Revision as of 09:58, 20 October 2008 by Stefan.Liebig.compeople.de (Talk | contribs) (Putting it together)

Getting Started with Stages

Developing, integrating, testing, running and maintaining large client/server applications typically involve diverse setups. Stages are Riena´s approach to deal with that. Stages are a concept - not a service or a set classes.

All the different setups of servers and clients are almost identical (and that´s what they should). However, there is a small amount of - ermm - stuff (!) that is different. Basically, this mostly boils down to strings that are different e.g. within URLs (e.g. remote service locations) or other data that gets configured with extensions.

While developing for example a URL for a remote service might look like:

http://localhost:8080/hessian/HelloWorldServiceWS
another is
http://localhost:8080/hessian/CustomerSearchWS

and so on. Within our test environment they become:

http://your.inhouse.server:80/hessian/HelloWorldServiceWS
http://your.inhouse.server:80/hessian/CustomerSearchWS

and finally within production

https://your.prodhouse.server:80/hessian/HelloWorldServiceWS
https://your.prodhouse.server:80/hessian/CustomerSearchWS

As you can see they have a lot in common. We could rewrite them with something like that

${service_host}/hessian/HelloWorldServiceWS
${service_host}/hessian/CustomerSearchWS

That looks cool.

StringVariableManager come to the rescue

Fortunately there is this great StringVariableManager within the bundle 'org.eclipse.core.variables'. One of things it can do is substituting variable expression within strings with their definition, e.g.

"This is a ${what} bundle."  would become   "This is a great bundle."  with the definition: what := "great"

The StringVariableManager can be configured programmatically via its API but more useful in our case by extensions, i.e. we can define variables e.g. with such an expression

<extension point="org.eclipse.core.variables.valueVariables">
	<variable
		description="Name of the host to connect to"
		name="service_host"
		readOnly="true"
		initialValue="http://localhost:8080"/>
</extension>
Putting it together

Riena performs such string substitutions within

To be continued!

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