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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:59 am 
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It's really promising the direction of JSR-303, so i'm hard to find some implementation that the people can play, so i see for now a user posted:
http://code.google.com/p/agimatec-validation/
that have a preliminary implementation, so will be great that a public read only repository will be available to people testing and discussing the JSR proposal.

I point here so i think its a better place a API change to better interoperability of implementation, discussed deeper in http://forum.hibernate.org/viewtopic.php?t=985983:

Split the Constraint interface into:

Code:
public interface Constraint {
   /**
   * does the object/element pass the constraints
   */
   public boolean isValid(Object value);
}


Code:
public interface InitializedConstraint<A extends Annotation> {
   /**
   * Take the annotations values
   *
   * @param parameters
   */
   public void initialize(A parameters);
}


This will make more simple Constraints implementations, constraints with initialization also implements InitializedConstraint so it can be initializad in a per instance basis.

NOTE: Could be great if a standard codding guide for constraints exists, include that constraints that implements InitializedConstraint implement setter/getter for parameters (Not needed in bean annotated but improve interoperability to use the constraint stand-alone).
With this considerations the use of the Constraints implementations in scenarios that not annotated bean exists at all, can be straightforward, so all constraints are treated as same: isValid(Object value), and some settter/getter if any to set parameters of the Constraint instance.

Really good work on this JSR :)

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