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Problem Description

HowardLewisShip, Jun 5 2004, 1.0-alpha-5

Some discussion has been going around about how HiveMind reports errors (errors when parsing deployment descriptors, and errors at runtime).

I prefer a lenient system, where early errors are reported and then the system continues on as best it can (with the expectation that early errors will blossum into later failures).

Others prefer a strict system, where early errors result in thrown exceptions and, potentially, no Registry or a shutdown of the application entirely.

Tapestry has traditionally used a strict system and, to date, HiveMind has used a lenient system.

This proposal is to make this strategy pluggable, so that it can be controlled by individual developer's taste and situation. It may also help Geoff (or whoever) writes an Eclipse plugin.

Proposed Solution

Part of the solution is already in place: org.apache.hivemind.impl.ErrorHandler is used by the module deployment descriptor parser; the default implementation is lenient but a strict implementation can be provided.

This interface should be moved to package org.apache.hivemind and should be extended:

public interface ErrorHandler
  public void error(Log log, String message, Location location, Throwable cause);

The default behavior would be to use the Log instance to log the error, as:

Error at <location>: <message>


Error: <message>

Depending on whether location is null or not. The exception would be provided (if not null).

Obtaining the ErrorHandler

The Module and RegistryInternal interfaces will be extended to provide access to the ErrorHandler. Possibly, they will implement the ErrorHandler interface and delegate out to a user-provided instance.

The BuilderFactory can now set a property, by default errorHandler, to the Module's ErrorHandler instance (which, in fact, will be the global ErrorHandler).

Providing the ErrorHandler

The ErrorHandler will be provided to RegistryBuilder, which will use it when parsing module descriptors and provide it to the Registry as it is constructed.

Changes to error messages

Because the location will be uniformly displayed, it will not be necessary to include the location in error messages, which (I think) will make many of the existing error messages more readable. It will also make the messages more palatable to, for example, an Eclipse plugin (which will have other means of identifying the location of the error, rather than emedding that location as text within the message). Locations will be part of error messages only when discussion two locations, such as when an interceptor is contributed more than once to a service point.


This is currently implemented in CVS and should debut formally whenever we release 1.0-beta-1. There's probably a few error messages that still explicitly include the location (and should be changed to let the ErrorHandler report the error).

The DefaultErrorHandler is leniant. We should probably provide an implementation of a strict ErrorHandler.

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