On 8 Oct 2007, at 15:14 , David Pratt wrote:
Hi Uwe. I have been thinking of something similar and posted on the
list a couple of weeks back:
I want the zcml to be generated with a switch on zc.buildout so all
configuration is auto generated. Currently site.zcml is done this
way and I want to extend this to the class level. Recipe's would be
produced to handle different types of configuration by providing
the decorator methods.
I'm hoping to use decorators exclusively on the classes to do this
so there would be no need to modify the code in the classes
themselves to accomplish the configuration. Further, classes
without this decoration would be skipped by the process allowing
this approach to be incorporated into your code gradually. I want
to be able to see and verify the zcml produced and have the same
control over it that I have now.
We were considering the generation of ZCML briefly when developing
Grok, but discarded it quickly. The ZCML machinery
(zope.configuration) itself is nice, but many of the directive
handlers that are out there are flawed. In particular, the
browser:page handler is so awful, I'm very very happy not having to
use it in Grok. Death to magic class creation! Other handlers have
side-effects during parsing time (as opposed to action execution
time). Of course, we could've always written our own directives, but
that wasn't the exercise.
Soon, we will change Grok so that it emits configuration actions,
rather than doing the registrations right away. That way, you will
still be able to inspect what exactly Grok is doing (for example by
dumping all configuration actions before or instead of executing
them), but you won't have to deal with ZCML anymore. You will also be
able to use the overrides mechanism with them.
The advantage of having it in buildout is that it becomes
integrated into the development of the application, which is by
nature just the configuration glue for your packages.
I think buildout is entirely the wrong place to do this, but feel
free to pursue your own ideas :).
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