Just wanted to give a quick summary of what's going on with Modules in
AS these last couple of weeks.
The "javax.api" module now includes ONLY non-java.* JDK classes (not
vendor-specific classes) which also do not appear in EE javax.* modules.
In particular, it now excludes other classes which may be on the
application classpath, so having the JTA API (for example) on the
classpath won't screw things up like it was before.
As a reminder, DO NOT USE the "system" module. You usually should be
using "javax.api" instead.
Some new and changed features of modules.xml files:
1. Before this release, services ("META-INF/services/*") were not
exported, to avoid issues with unwanted services being found on the
current module due to dependency import. Now, when "export" is set to
"true", everything is exported by default, and services are filtered on
the *import* side instead. And, there is a new attribute called
"services" which specifies whether you want to import services from the
target module, so you can choose whether you want to import services
from a module dependency in module.xml. The possible values are "none"
(the default) which refuses all services, "import" which brings in
services, and "export" which brings in and re-exports services from the
2. There was some unclear behavior around the fact that there is both an
"export" attribute and an "exports" sub-element of dependencies. As
Beta12, the listed includes/excludes found in the exports section
comprise a multi-step filter, in which the rules are evaluated in order
until a match is found. If no match is found, then the value of the
"export" attribute is used to determine whether to export the resource.
So instead of:
<module name="org.osgi.util" export="true">
We can do:
<module name="org.osgi.util" export="false">
As a final note, if you're looking to build snapshots of MSC and/or
Modules (to work on the bootstrap AS branch for example), you must build
both, and you must build and install Modules *first* because MSC relies
on recent changes in Modules.
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