+1 to everything you wrote. I will do my best to help with the initiative.
Thank you Taher.
On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 11:59 AM, Taher Alkhateeb <
> Hello Everyone,
> Data loading in OFBiz is quite fragile. A small change could crash the
> system and finding out the reason can be difficult. I really felt the
> pain of this when trying to disentangle the framework from data
> dependencies on plugins .
> I've been thinking about a solution to reduce fragility, and here are
> my thoughts:
> - The less data files the better.
> - The less data the better.
> - The less distance (e.g. same directory) between data files the better.
> - No circular dependencies (file dependencies should be like a tree).
> - Fail fast .
> Therefore, I suggest the following action points:
> - Create a directory structure similar to  in the datamodel component.
> - For any data that two or more files depend on, immediately move it
> to the common-<reader>.xml file.
> - For any data that does not belong to any domain (e.g. marketing,
> content, etc ..) move it to the common-<reader>.xml.
> - Maintain a strict dependency hierarchy of demo -> seed -> seed-initial.
> - Gradually and carefully move data from all applications to the
> datamodel component as per above guidelines.
> - Cleanup and refactor the data as we move it including any tests that
> depend on it.
> What do you think of this proposal? Does it sound reasonable? Also
> given the size of what I'm proposing I think we need multiple people
> to work on this. So is anyone interested in taking part in this
> Taher Alkhateeb
>  https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OFBIZ-9322
>  https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/a18b5d4086a07ff34a0cb950999e8f
>  directory structure:
> ├── demo
> │ ├── accounting-demo.xml
> │ ├── common-demo.xml
> │ ├── content-demo.xml
> │ ├── humanres-demo.xml
> │ ├── manufacturing-demo.xml
> │ ├── marketing-demo.xml
> │ ├── order-demo.xml
> │ ├── party-demo.xml
> │ ├── product-demo.xml
> │ ├── shipment-demo.xml
> │ └── workeffort-demo.xml
> ├── seed
> │ ├── accounting-seed.xml
> │ ├── common-seed.xml
> │ ├── content-seed.xml
> │ ├── humanres-seed.xml
> │ ├── manufacturing-seed.xml
> │ ├── marketing-seed.xml
> │ ├── order-seed.xml
> │ ├── party-seed.xml
> │ ├── product-seed.xml
> │ ├── shipment-seed.xml
> │ └── workeffort-seed.xml
> └── seed-initial
> ├── accounting-seed-initial.xml
> ├── common-seed-initial.xml
> ├── content-seed-initial.xml
> ├── humanres-seed-initial.xml
> ├── manufacturing-seed-initial.xml
> ├── marketing-seed-initial.xml
> ├── order-seed-initial.xml
> ├── party-seed-initial.xml
> ├── product-seed-initial.xml
> ├── shipment-seed-initial.xml
> └── workeffort-seed-initial.xml