DPML Depot Project Declarations

A project is an extension of a resource definition. A project definition is typically used by a build system implementation to harvest information about dependecies, produced resources, and project specific properties. Typically a project definition if sufficient to establish and deploy a embedeed build system such as the DPML default Ant-based builder.

A project differs from a resource in terms of the granularity of detail associated with dependency references. Specifically - a project can delcare RUNTIME dependencies that are scoped in terms of their rank within a classloader chain. Dependencies can be scoped as PUBLIC, PROTECTED or PRIVATE. This supplimentary data can be used in the construction of plugin descriptors that separate the classic public API from restricted (or PROTECTED) management APIS from the internal PRIVATE classloader.

Another important distinction between a resource and project is the declaration of a base directory. Typically the base directory of a project is used by a build system to resolve sources and generate build artifacts. While the project defintion itself is independent of the build strategy, it can provide properties that influence the selection of a build system and subsequent build system behaviour.

XML Attributes

The following attributes may be declared on a <project> element.

name The project name (required).
basedir The project base directory (required). The supplied value will be resolved relative to the basedir of the enclosing module.
version The resource version (not normally declared - instead the version will typically be supplied using the build -version commandline argument).
XML Nested elements
info 0..1 Declaration of supplimentary human readable info about the project.
properties 0..1 Declaration of a set of properties associated with the project. Typically property declarations will be used by a build system to qualify resource production behaviour.
types 0..1 A collection of types associated with the project (e.g. a jar file, plugin, war, etc.). Each type declaration asserted by a project can be viewed as an artifact produced by the project as a result of a build. When a project declares a type, features of that type (such as the filename) may be accessed by build procedures associated to this or other projects).
dependencies 0..3 A project may declare BUILD, RUNTIME and TEST scoped dependencies. Unless otherwise specified the default scope of a dependencies element is RUNTIME. Dependencies declared under BUILD scope do effect project build sequencing but do not contribute to classpath related information. RUNTIME dependencies are used in the construction of classpath data. TEST scoped dependencies extend runtime dependencies with supplimentary resources used during unit testing.
filters 0..1 Declaration of a set of content filters associated with the project. Typically filters are used to substitute string tokens in source code with values resolved from the project model (or other project/resources).

The following example project is taken from the DPML Metro module. The project declares a basedir and the project name dpml-metro-runtime. It declares that it produces two artifacts - a jar file and a plugin part definition. The part type is an example of a plugin declaration containing nexted constructor arguments. The project includes several dependencies collected under two groups - the first group maps to the projects RUNTIME dependencies and second group maps to TEST scoped dependencies. Within the runtime group the dependencies in this example are tagged with respect to classloader categories PUBLIC, PROTECTED or PRIVATE (the default). Runtime dependency tags are typically used in the creation of a classloader chains.

  <project name="dpml-metro-runtime" basedir="runtime">
    <info title="Metro Container Runtime">
      DPML Component management platform runtime container.
      <type id="jar"/>
      <part:plugin alias="true" class="net.dpml.metro.runtime.CompositionController">
        <part:param class="net.dpml.component.InitialContext"/>
        <include ref="dpml/util/dpml-logging-api" tag="public"/>
        <include ref="dpml/metro/dpml-metro-component" tag="protected"/>
        <include ref="dpml/metro/dpml-metro-model" tag="protected"/>
        <include ref="dpml/metro/dpml-job-impl"/>
        <include ref="dpml/metro/dpml-state-impl"/>
        <include ref="ant/ant-junit"/>
      <feature token="PART-HANDLER-URI" id="uri" type="part"/>
      <feature token="STATE-XSD-URI" id="uri" type="xsd" ref="dpml/metro/dpml-state" alias="true"/>
      <feature token="PART-XSD-URI" id="uri" type="xsd" ref="dpml/metro/dpml-metro-part" alias="true"/>
      <feature token="TYPE-XSD-URI" id="uri" type="xsd" ref="dpml/metro/dpml-type" alias="true"/>
      <feature token="COMPONENT-XSD-URI" id="uri" type="xsd" ref="dpml/metro/dpml-component" alias="true"/>