Saturday, May 31, 2008

GSoC 2008: Week 1

Okay, week 1 is nearing an end.I accomplished alot of things.

First, I completed the meta-data storage code. I wrote some tests, which revealed some bugs that needed fixing, and they were. I am happy to say, that the metadata storage works!

Writing the test was difficult due to the fact I store the forms in the system using a static List in my container class. I wound up updating to JUnit 4 to get at the @BeforeClass annotation so that the only one set of forms gets loaded into the container class. This helped me greatly. Additionally, the @AfterClass annotation was handy for cleaning up from the tests.

Secondly, Writing the code for interrogating the model was a piece of cake, thanks to groovy. All code for interrogating the model has 50 lines! That includes a model class I wrote to hold the field types and field names. I'll show you, but before I do, I should note that return statements are optional, and the final statement will be returned.

package org.openmrs.module.groovyforms.util

import java.lang.reflect.Field
import org.openmrs.module.groovyforms.metadata.model.GroovyFormsDomainModel

* Utility class containing methods for class interrogation.
class GroovyFormsClassUtil {
* Interrogates the class for all declared fields and
* stores the type and name in a container class
* @param the {@link Class#getCanonicalName() canonical name of the class}
* @see Class#getCanonicalName()
* @return a reference to a container class containing the type
static def getModel(fields) {
def domainModel = new GroovyFormsDomainModel()
def names = domainModel.fieldNames.&add
def types = domainModel.fieldTypes.&add
def f = fields.each {Field field ->
types field.type.canonicalName

With groovy, it's so easy and concise (as you can see). Let's explain what's going on. First, I pass in the Field array I get from Field.getDeclaredFields(). Now, groovy adds methods onto the standard JDK classes, one of those methods is a method named each() which takes a closure. Now, back to the point, I pass a Field into the closure. That closure is executed for each element (in this case, a Field). Then I add the name, and the type to a List stored in a container class, now that container class is also written in groovy!

package org.openmrs.module.groovyforms.metadata.model

* Ths class holds information about the properties of the model.
class GroovyFormsDomainModel {

* The field names
def fieldNames = []

* The field types
def fieldTypes = []


Now, the fields are Lists, not arrays. Anyways, I've gotten off on a tangent here, so let me get back on track.

What I accomplished:

Week 1:

Code to generate the directory structure, serialization of metadata back/forth between XML and POJOs (Plain Old Java Objects), Wrote tests to ensure everything works in that regard. Additionally, I wrote the code to interrogate the domain model which I will generate the forms from.

Next Week

Write up the templates for the view/controller and write code to do the generation of the view/controller. Write some tests to ensure everything generates correctly.

Unrelated to that, my stored-value card from google came today. It feels nice to be $500 richer! This is going to be the best summer, I'm already having fun doing this. It's amazing seeing the whole project evolve into something amazing.

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