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The refactored API being outlined in this page should address those concerns. Feel free to discuss this approach on the dev mailing list and directly add comments.

ResourceProxy

Similar to Resource in Sling.

Instances are retrieved/created through the ResourceManager.

Represents a resource with properties and ordered child resources (tree structure). 

No easy way to get the parent of an existing ResourceProxy (but shouldn't be necessary)

For reading it provides the methods

  1. String getName()
  2. String getParentPath()
  3. List<ResourceProxy> getChildren() return values should be java.util.Collections.unmodifiableList(...)
  4. Map<String, Object> getProperties() immutable, clarify which types are supported, only array types but not collection types for multivalue properties!
  5. Object getMetaData(String name) custom meta data depending on the ResourceManager being used to create this instance. E.g. node type (for JCR) or file path (for ResourceProxies being created through a FS backed manager).

For writing it optionally provides the methods

  1. boolean setProperty(String key, Object value) value could be array type, no collections are supported
  2. void reorderChild(String name, String afterName)

ResourceManager

Similar to ResourceResolver in Sling.

Retrieved via ResourceManagerFactory.getResourceManager(Type, Credentials, URI)

  1. ResourceProxy getResource(String path) may support lazy loading?
  2. putResource(ResourceProxy parent, String name, Map<String, Object> metaData)
  3. reorderChildResources(ResourceProxy parent, String name, String afterName)not supported by Sling API though so may not have an effect when being serialized/pushed to a server 
  4. deleteResource(ResourceProxy parent, String name)
  5. boolean validate(ResourceProxy parent, ResourceProxy child), validates if the given ResourceProxy child is valid (e.g. might validate if there are node type restrictions being violated)
  6. close() must implement AutoClosable and release all underlying resources (i.e. closing the remote repository and get rid off all http connections or closing file handles/input streams)
  7. revert()
  8. commit() for persisting the changes

JCR DavEx Implementation

Uses remote JCR API calls through Sling's DavEx Support bundle.

FileVault FS Implementation

Uses filesystem calls together with the FileVault Serialization Manager. Maybe even some more code from Jackrabbit FileVault can be reused.

Package Manager Implementation

Probably not that useful, but may use package manager ReST API for mass-transfers. Would need to create the serialization format though internally.

SerializationManager

Used by ResourceManagers

Problem is that one ResourceProxy is not necessarily bound to one serialization file. FileVault sometimes packages more than one resource in one XML file and sometimes a ResourceProxyis split up into multiple files (e.g. to separately store binary properties, see http://jackrabbit.apache.org/filevault/vaultfs.html).

Retrieved via SerializationManagerFactory.getSerializationManager(Type)

  1. SerializationData serialize(ResourceProxy, int depth, OutputStream)
  2. ResourceProxy deserialize(InputStream) may support lazy loading of Resource proxies!

SerializationData has pathname,

FileVault Serialization Manager

  1. Uses DocViewSerializer
  2. Should use ContentParser

SerializationManager must have access to NodeTypeRegistry!