[cdi-dev] [JBoss JIRA] (CDI-227) API is underspecified for corner cases

Guy Veraghtert (JIRA) jira-events at lists.jboss.org
Thu May 3 04:23:17 EDT 2012

Guy Veraghtert created CDI-227:

             Summary: API is underspecified for corner cases
                 Key: CDI-227
                 URL: https://issues.jboss.org/browse/CDI-227
             Project: CDI Specification Issues
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Java SE Integration, Packaging and Deployment
    Affects Versions: 1.1.EDR1, 1.0
            Reporter: Guy Veraghtert

The CDI api's are mainly used to develop (portable) extensions. In practice, we see that those so called _portable_ extensions are not portable at all due to underspecified api's.
For example BeanManager.resolve(set) doesn't specify how to deal with an empty set or null. This leads to incompatible implementations and unportable extensions. See for example https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OWB-625 (Unfortunately Websphere 8 includes openwebbeans < 1.1.3, making Seam3 not out-of-the-box usable). Currently most implementations (weld, owb and candi) return null for an empty set. OWB returns null when null is passed, others will throw an exception.
To create extensions that are truly portable, we should specify all corner cases (what about BeanManager.getBean((String)null)?). In theory  developers should not depend on undefined behavior, but in practice we all do (Seam3 is full of examples).
Ideally, we should go over the complete public API and specify what should happen with these corner cases: null-values, empty collections, ...
Just adding that an IllegalArgumentException should be thrown in case of null for example would suffice.
These things are very easy to incorporate in the TCK and would contribute a lot to the success of portable extensions

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