Persistence OptionsThe Tangram Dynamic Web Application Framework has been extended to support the Java Persistence API (JPA) and EBean as persistence layers in addition to the already available Java Data Objects solution. This greatly extends the number of options for platforms to use with Tangram.
The Tangram examples reflect this with the JDO/DataNucleus, JDO/Google App Engine, EBean, and JPA example where the later is switchable with tested API implementations for OpenJPA, EclipseLink, DataNucleus, and Hibernate.
The simple and more or less generic JDO editor now is a generic editor for all the storage solutions and built as a separate module. Except for Google App Engine this module can be left out if there is another solution available to get the content into the repository.
Dynamic Model ExtenionsIn addition to the Groovy implemented classes stored in the repository, which are used to extend the view and controller part of the application, you can now create JDO annotated classes which are immetiately usable as model classes in the repository. This option can only be presented for the JDO implementation.
To make the building of Tangram itself, any Tangram application, or even any application using byte-code transformation for JDO, JPA, and Ebean easier, a gradle plugin has been introduced. The examples and over blog entries illustrate the usage of this plugin.
Generic Import and ExportAdditionally and apart from the FTP module Tangram now contains a generic importer and exporter for the whole content stored in the repository. The XML representation can be used to transfer content between application using JPA, JDO, or EBean. IDs cannot be preserved.
Framework IndependencyFor the whole Tangram code the Springframework now is only an option to do the setup of the application by Spring's Dependency Injection IoC-Container and for the controller and view parts of the application.
Along this way it was easier to present a custom DI component, Dinistiq, than to use one of the available solutions. Tests have been done with Google Guice, TinyDI, and JSR-330. As of Tangram 0.9 none of these are more than experiments. Work on a Tangram JavaEE integration is also in an experimental stage and would require a major refactoring of some parts of Tangram, see other entries in this blog on the JavaEE topic.
It should now be fairly easy to do more experiments with other IoC/DI frameworks and containers or to integrate other web frameworks starting from the new plain servlet based solution.
OptionsTangram 0.9 has been tested, verified, or is even in production use on the following platforms: Google App Engine, run@CloudBees, OpenShift, and Standalone with Apache Tomcat using RDBMS or MongoDB.
The option matrix now looks like this:
Persistence: JDO, JPA, EBean
IoC: Springframework, Dinistiq
Security: Spring Security, Apache Shiro
Hosting: On Premise, OpenShift, Cloudbees, Google App Engine
Storage: RDBMS, No-SQL e.g. MongoDB, Files