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MyFaces Developer Notes
This document deals with issues that are important for MyFaces developers and custom component developers.
Component developer guidelines
(same as "SVN guidelines", see below)
See http://www.apache.org/dev/styleguide.html for the Apache-Wide Coding Style Guide. Everything that is not documented there should be written according to Suns Java Code Conventions at http://java.sun.com/docs/codeconv/html/CodeConvTOC.doc.html
Here is a formatter profile for eclipse 3.1: codeconventions4eclipse.xml. Import it through Window->Preferences->Java->Code Style->Formatter
Error and exception handling
Whenever an exception is caught, the following applies:
If there is no chance to get the system back to a stable state, a message with severity "fatal" should be logged and a RuntimeException (or derived class) should be thrown. Vice versa: Whenever a RuntimeException (or derived class) is thrown from within a catch clause, a message with severity "fatal" must have been logged right before.
- If the exception is severe, but there is a chance to continue processing, a message with severity "error" or "warning" should be logged.
Except in the JSF API (javax.faces.*) classes where there must be no dependencies to additional libraries, commons-logging is used for logging. Commons-logging should be used in the recommended way, i.e. each class has its own private static logger.
Naming is a fundamental concern. The name of a class, method or field should tell as much as possible of it's meaning and usage. Avoid short names like "Helper", "calc" or "check". Use "FinancialConsultance", "calculateMyYearlyIncome" and "isMyIncomeTooLow" instead.
Addition special comments (see 10.5.4 in CodeConv)
TODO: something that is not yet ready
HACK: something that is bogus but (meanwhile) necessary to make it work
XXX: something that is bogus but works
FIXME: something that is bogus and broken
- Every developer may upload files, if (s)he is confident, that this file is usable for others.
- Uploaded java files must be compilable, of course.
- Changes to java files must leave the whole project in a state where it is still compilable.
- Foreign files should only be committed (changed) after consulting and/or informing the original author. The same applies for deleting, of course. Exception: Trivial changes such as spelling mistakes in comments, etc.
Just to be sure: Don't forget the message(s) on commit
Main communication instrument among MyFaces developers is the MyFaces developer mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Every active MyFaces developer must subscribe to this list.
Every file should start with the following copyright notice:
/** * Copyright 2004 The Apache Software Foundation. * * Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); * you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. * You may obtain a copy of the License at * * http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 * * Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software * distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, * WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. * See the License for the specific language governing permissions and * limitations under the License. */
Class and Interface comment
Every class and interface should have a javadoc similar to this:
/** * Very detailed description goes here... ;-) * * @author Bug Rogers */
Developers should be setting their autoprops so that files have an svn:eol-style of 'native'. Developers working on *nix systems are "lucky" because native on *nix is what SVN calls native, but the autoprops should still be set so that keywords are replaced as well. This is described on the Struts SVN wiki page.
Issue Tracker guidelines
Issues should be marked as closed at the same time that an issue is marked as resolved.