Saturday, July 12, 2008

Code Examples from "Aspect Weaving for OSGi" Talk

As promised, here are the projects of my live demos from "Aspect Weaving for OSGi" at last weeks Java-Forum-Stuttgart 2008.

Eclipse Monitor Demo

This demo features the relatively old Eclipse Monitor application that Chris Laffra wrote a while ago. It visualizes plugin activities within your Eclipse application and you can analyze what is going on. This monitor uses Equinox Aspects to weave an aspect into all your bundles at load-time to gather the information of what is going on at runtime. It uses AspectJ advises for all methods and object creations. While this is a pretty heavy use of load-time weaving (you will notice a huge performance impact at first startup) it demos nicely the caching feature of Equinox Aspects. The second startup of your monitored app will perform very similar to a startup without any aspect weaving.

To run the example: Within your development environment you should have AJDT installed to work with AspectJ. In your target environment you should have included your favorite IDE (as example RCP app to monitor), the matching AJDT version, and the latest Equinox Aspects development build from here: Notive: You need to install the latest dev build, not one of the archived builds. Once you have this you should be ready to run the example. Just import the projects in your workspace and use the included launch configuration.

Dependency Injection with Spring Dynamic Modules and Equinox Aspects

Spring provides this nice mechanism to inject dependencies in domain objects via the @Configurable annotation (see more here:
The main difference to general spring beans is that the creation of those domain objects is not done by the application context of Spring. Therefore Spring uses an aspect to call the application context after object creation to inject all necessary dependencies. In plain old Spring applications this aspect is woven into the system using load-time weaving.
Wouldn't that be a nice mechanism to inject dependencies into Eclipse extensions (like views or editors)? Just annotate your extension with @Configurable and define the dependencies to be injected inside the application context of your bundle (using the Spring Dynamic Modules stuff)?

One way of doing this is to use Equinox Aspects together with Spring Dynamic Modules. Just use the spring-aspects.jar from your spring distro (its already an OSGi bundle) and enable Equinox Aspects weaving - and you are done. It just works! :-)

To run the example: You don't need any special support within your development environment. Instead your target platform should be configured carefully. For the example projects I used Eclipse 3.3.2 as target platform, added AJDT, added the latest dev build of Equinox Aspects, Spring 2.5.4 bundles and Spring Dynamic Modules 1.1.0 bundles. Import the example projects from the zip file into your workspace and use the included launch config to run the demo. The example injects a spring bean into the view extension.

I will give more detailed information on how this Equinox Aspects weaving can be used together with Spring Dynamic Modules in an upcoming post.

If you observe any problems or if I forgot something in this description, please let me know.

Have fun with the examples!


Unknown said...

I have problems with Eclipse Monitor Demo.

Could you give me more detail steps?

Martin Lippert said...

I haven't tried the demo for a long time and have no idea whether it still works or not. Do you have some details describing your problems shortly?