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Introducing Apricot, The Eclipse Content Management Platform

This talk delivered by Florent Guillaume, Director of R&D at Nuxeo, will provide the audience with a global understanding of what Apricot is and also provide a general overview of what a Content Repository is from a functional standpoint: exploring all the services it offers, identifying the main standards and technologies integrated within a framework of this caliber, such as the Content Management Interoperability Standard (CMIS), and understanding the main technical challenges to be resolved, in particular high scalability and high performance.

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Introducing Apricot, The Eclipse Content Management Platform

  1. 1. Introducing ApricotThe Eclipse Content ManagementPlatformFlorent Guillaume, Director of R&D, Nuxeo2011-11-04
  2. 2. Agenda• What Is a Content Repository?• Eclipse Apricot: Features & Benefits• Apricot Modularity• The Future of Apricot 2
  3. 3. What Is aContent Repository? 3
  4. 4. What Is Content?• Everything is content!• Unstructured • Files, Images, Assets, XML, Binary streams• Structured • Schema, Metadata, Business Data, Tables• Semi-Structured • Files + Metadata, Web pages (assemblies, relations), Emails (attachments), Record Management 4
  5. 5. A Content Repository isMiddleware• Between Application and Storage Subsystem • Does not replace either• Persistence Service • Stores structured and unstructured content• High-Level Abstraction • Stop caring about storage details • Focus on your domain model and its objects 5
  6. 6. What a Content Repository IsNot• Not a CMS (WCM, ECM, ...) • A CMS is one application on top of a Content Repository• Not a filesystem • If all you have is a filesystem, everything looks like a file• Not an ORM • Not that granular, don’t think in SQL terms• Not just for storage • Provides Services, Domain Model / Business Model 6
  7. 7. Eclipse Apricot 7
  8. 8. Eclipse Apricot• OSGi framework• Under the Eclipse Runtime project • Currently in the Incubation phase • Mentored by Gary Xue (Actuate) and Cédric Brun (Obeo)• Contributed by Nuxeo, from Nuxeo Core• 8
  9. 9. What Is Apricot?• Content Repository• Web Support• Content Automation• CMIS 9
  10. 10. Apricot: Content Repository• Types and Schema definition• Persistence• Query• Access Control• Locking• Versioning 10
  11. 11. Apricot: Web Support• Expose content on the web• Fast framework based on JAX-RS• Provides FreeMarker templating (pluggable) 11
  12. 12. Apricot: Content Automation• Based on Commands/Operations• Build reusable business logic• Accessible from UI frameworks and HTTP/ReST 12
  13. 13. Apricot: CMIS• OASIS Content Management Interoperability Services• HTTP APIs (SOAP, AtomPub, Browser Bindings)• Java APIs (OpenCMIS)• spec-v1.0.html• chemistry-apachecon-2010 13
  14. 14. HTTP (CMIS) HTTPOpenCMIS Java OpenCMIS Automation API Native Java API Core Services VCS Binary Store SQL Backend Other Backend Filesystem SQL Database Cloud 14
  15. 15. When to Use Apricot?• Need to store Objects with Properties • And also Files• Don’t want to write SQL • But be able to fall back to SQL if really needed• Need Access Control• Need Versioning, Queries, ...• Don’t want to reinvent the wheel 15
  16. 16. Why Is Apricot Good?• Modular• Fast• Safe• Scales• Full-featured services• Battle-tested 16
  17. 17. Apricot: Modular• Uses OSGi deployment • OSGi bundles • Dynamic lifecycle• Extension points • XML • Inspired by those from Eclipse 17
  18. 18. Apricot: Fast• Efficient use of storage backends • Use their native features and strengths • Don’t reinvent transactions, relations• Caching• Batching 18
  19. 19. Apricot: Safe• Transaction-aware • Rollback everything at once• Hot backups • Don’t stop the system 19
  20. 20. Apricot: Scaling• Clusterable on top of a standard SQL database• Architecture ready for NoSQL backends• Pluggable Binary Store • Filesystem, SQL, Amazon S3, etc. • Lockless 20
  21. 21. Apricot: Full-FeaturedServices• Queries (NXQL, CMISQL, pluggable)• Versioning (pluggable)• Locking (synchronous, cluster-aware)• Access Control (groups, grant/deny, inheritance)• Proxies (shortcuts)• Events & Listeners (sync, async, async post-commit)• Audit Trail 21
  22. 22. Apricot: Battle-Tested• Originates from Nuxeo Core• Used in Nuxeo DM, Nuxeo DAM, Nuxeo CMF• In production for 4 years• Thousands of deployments 22
  23. 23. Apricot and Modularity 23
  24. 24. Choosing a ModularityFramework• Java SE • No bundle life cycle, no modularity, no extension system• Java EE • All is packaged as one big application (EAR or WAR), cannot update or add a feature without recompiling the entire application• OSGi — yes, but... 24
  25. 25. Additions Needed to OSGi• To achieve a plugin model • Eclipse already had the answer: extension points• To provide enterprise features • No real OSGi Enterprise Framework implementations yet 25
  26. 26. Extension Points• Eclipse used EXSD, which is very tied to PDE • (remember it was 2006 and we had to use maven)• Nuxeo redefined something similar but more flexible • No intermediate object model between services and contributed extensions • Write an extension class and map it to XML using Java annotations • Easy to write for developers, no specific IDE needed 26
  27. 27. Extension Point Example 27
  28. 28. Integrating with Java EE• Apricot should be able to run in an Application Server (as a WAR)• Java EE configuration is monolithic • To declare servlets (web.xml) one must know in advance the servlets provided by all the different bundles, same for application.xml• Apricot is dynamic: bundles may be installed at runtime • Java EE components declared by bundles must be installed at runtime 28
  29. 29. Nuxeo ConfigurationFragments• Using templates for Java EE configuration files • Dynamically generate web.xml and application.xml at application startup from the configuration contributed by each bundle• Ability to package WAR applications that can adapt themselves to the configuration provided by new application bundles • No need to have different product packagings for different configurations• Needs a server-specific bridge to do this processing 29
  30. 30. Configuration FragmentExample 30
  31. 31. Apricot ConfigurationFragments• Convert all configuration fragments into runtime extension points • Declaring a servlet is done by contributing an extension point • Servlets can be installed at runtime when the bundle declaring them is activated• Provide a bridge to interact with the host application server 31
  32. 32. Java EE Features• Full OSGi integration of JAAS (authentication system)• Full JTA support through Apache Geronimo (transactions)• Full JCA support through Apache Geronimo (resource adapters and pooling)• In-memory JNDI server• Future plans to integrate the work done in the Gemini project (and also support Virgo) 32
  33. 33. The Future of Apricot 33
  34. 34. Where Are We Going?• Finish Apricot first release • Cleanup, testing framework• Replace Nuxeo Core with Apricot • Nuxeo Core running under a full OSGi container • Bridge for non-OSGi application servers• Update JSF and Seam to Java EE 6• Use CDI for easier access to services• Better IDE support 34
  35. 35. Thank You! 35
  36. 36. Additional Information & Links••• chemistry-apachecon-2010• spec-v1.0.html 36