I voted for the true PbC approach. As I mentioned before I was undecided and can see the
Paul's and Matt's point.
There are two reasons I voted for PbC now. First I think this the most typical use case
BV method validation will be used and, as Gunnar pointed out, the majority of existing PbC
took the no strengthening of preconditions road. The alternative is to allow weakening of
(via ORing the constrains), but this is something we have not even discussed further and
solve Paul's use case.
Which leads me to the second reason I voted for PbC. Emmanuel reminded me of a very
BV feature, the XML configuration. Using it you can specify the constraints easily on the
directly (to use our example again). So for me this covers even this use case without even
On 27 Jan 2012, at 4:12 PM, Emmanuel Bernard wrote:
Just to get a better understanding of the dynamic here.
Can you all vote on what you think is the best approach for Bean Validation 1.1
On 26 août 2012, at 09:42, Paul Benedict wrote:
> I was reading the Hibernate Validator documentation today. Here was
> something that speaks to Gunnar's intentions:
> "When validating an object that implements an interface or extends
> another class, all constraint annotations on the implemented interface
> and parent class apply in the same manner as the constraints specified
> on the validated object itself."
> I buy into this 99% except when the parent class has no annotated
> constraints. Why not just make an exception for this case? I think
> that is so incredibly more reasonable than adding a custom
> implementation flag. Since constraints are meant to be compounded, a
> child should be able to add new constraints even if the parent never
> On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 3:26 PM, Gunnar Morling <gunnar(a)hibernate.org> wrote:
>>> Gunnar, do you want to take the lead on 1. and 2.?
>> Sure, I can do that. I'll prepare a blog post.
>> Personally, I'm still reserved about adding such a feature. Maybe I
>> would change my mind if someone pointed out to an existing PbC
>> solution which provides such sort of feature/switch. What I've seen so
>> far is either prohibiting parameter constraints in sub-types (as we
>> currently do) or OR-ing all parameter constraint contracts in the
>> hierarchy (effectively applying the weakest one).
>> An implementation-specific configuration switch might be a good
>> compromise. The spec still may define the current behavior as default
>> and mention that implementations may add means of configuring this.
>> 2012/8/22 Emmanuel Bernard <emmanuel(a)hibernate.org>:
>>> Reopening the debate here.
>>> Matt, java.util.Deque.push actually does describe the risk of NPE depending
on the implementation.
>>> Let's take the OrderService that has been designed pre-BV 1.1 and that
expressed constraints per JavaDoc. There are two options today to make it work:
>>> - update it to add Bean Validation 1.1 annotations in compliance with the
>>> - use BV's XML capability to add constraints on the interface without
having to touch it
>>> Note that adding constraints not described on the interface javadoc would be
a change of contract.
>>> But I do hear Paul's concern as well. With all the interfaces around, do
we want to force people to host their constraints on them instead of on the
>>> How much of this is a usability constraint? On the other hand, today we
enforce good practice. If we open up the Pandora box, there is no way to close it.
>>> I'd go and do a few things:
>>> 1. open up a JIRA with a summary of the problem
>>> 2. blog about it on beanvalidation.org
and push people for feedback
>>> 3. get people to try a preview and give us feedback
>>> Gunnar, do you want to take the lead on 1. and 2.?
>>> If we are still on the fence, I'm tempted to let implementations provide
an implementation specific configuration switch.
>>> Sebastian, OVal has had such features for a while AFAIK, what is your take on
>>> On 23 juil. 2012, at 20:38, Paul Benedict wrote:
>>>> I concur with Matt's point below. Because there hasn't been a
>>>> validation standard for most of Java's lifetime, most method
>>>> constraints are in javadoc contracts only. I think it's important
>>>> the BV spec to recognize this fact -- not every precondition is
>>>> available for introspection at runtime. Thus, there is a long pedigree
>>>> here of people who could benefit from BV, if only by chucking their
>>>> custom validation code for BV.
>>>> The OrderService is a great example due to the total absence of BV
>>>> annotations. I don't think the spec should assume the lack of BV
>>>> annotations is an intentional use of BV (i.e., no constraints). I can
>>>> only see two ways out of this problem to address this fact. Either
>>>> annotate OrderService to signify its validation is undefined or
>>>> annotate OrderService to signify validation is intended. Thoughts?
>>>> On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM, Matt Benson <mbenson(a)apache.org>
>>>>> Okay, point taken. Thanks for clarifying the distinction between
>>>>> pre/post-conditions corresponding to method parameters vs. return
>>>>> values here. Still, consider the JDK itself: the java.util.Deque
>>>>> interface imposes no requirements on the parameter to its #push()
>>>>> method, yet the java.util.ArrayDeque implementation forbids null
>>>>> elements and is declared as throwing an NPE if the parameter to
>>>>> #push() is null. I can fully understand your assertion that this
>>>>> violates DbC and even basic OO principles, but is it *necessary*
>>>>> BV deny users the option to work with such a design? I'm not
>>>>> convinced of the harm it would cause, beyond implementation
>>>>> (which IMO doesn't seem extensive), to permit a user to add
>>>>> validation constraints per Paul's example, or to customize a
>>>>> implementation as in mine. Nothing here would prevent the purist
>>>>> from operating per your recommendations.
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