RFR: javax.xml.validation: Using ServiceLoader to load JAXP schema factories (7169894: JAXP Plugability Layer: using service loader)

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at oracle.com
Mon Jan 14 18:53:26 UTC 2013

On 11/01/2013 19:14, Daniel Fuchs wrote:
> Although it seems cleaner to use a SchemaFactoryConfigurationError,
> we could wrap the ServiceConfigurationError in
> an IllegalArgumentException - which is what would have eventually
> been thrown in the old code.
> If that seems like a safer strategy I could update the changes in
> this sense.
I went through the existing code and it appears that  configuration 
issues (missing class listed in 
META-INF/services/javax.xml.validation.SchemaFactory for example) are 
just ignored. This causes it to continue and probably fall back to the 
default implementation, and IAE if the default implementation does not 
support the schema language. On the other hand, if the provider's 
constructor throws a runtime exception or error then it just gets 
propagated. So overall the existing implementation is inconsistent and 
anything we do (add the proposed SchemaFactoryConfigurationError or 
throw IAE with an appropriate cause) is going to be a change in 
behavior. As SchemaFactoryConfigurationError is much cleaner then I'm 
wondering if we should just "bite the bullet" and get it over with.

One small thing that I noticed is that the provider's 
isSchemaLanguageSupported method will be invoked twice when running with 
assertions is enabled. This is observable, and might cause a provider to 
initialize itself twice so I wonder if it would be better to remove part 
of this assert.

For the non-SL cases then if newXMLSchemaFactoryNoServiceLoader isn't 
static or public then the factory is ignored. I could imagine that being 
hard to debug so so I wonder about treating it as a configuration error.

Otherwise I think these changes look good.


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