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[epf-dev] RE: Question about EPF Composer HTML generation

Hello Chris.
You are right, this was not a good solution as the appended integers could not be guaranteed to always create a unique names that never change.  We therefore implemented a new solution now that you should see in newer integration builds on EPF.  The published files now look like this:


We create a hash code based on the GUID and append it to the name.  Now all elements get this little appendix.  This compromise results into not too long names, but still ensures uniqueness and stability of the names.

If you wonder about migration of image maps and other files you guys might have updated recently: as long as you now include the guid attribute in your links the migration to the new should work automatically.

Thanks and best regards,
Peter Haumer.


PETER HAUMER, Dr. rer. nat.
Rational Method Composer | Eclipse Process Framework
Rational Software | IBM Software Group
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07/09/2007 02:13

Ricardo Balduino/Cupertino/IBM@IBMUS
Peter Haumer/Cupertino/IBM@IBMUS, "External Chris Sibbald" <csibbald@xxxxxxxx>
RE: Question about EPF Composer HTML generation

Thanks Ricardo,
Peter, can you shed some light on the generated HTML file names.
The issue is the ability of other tools/webpages to link to generated process pages.  If the html file names are not pre-determined, and constant, then these other links will break if the process is updated and/or the website if regenerated.
Perhaps GUIDs were a better solution, as these are constant unless the underlying process element is deleted/recreated.

From: Ricardo Balduino [mailto:balduino@xxxxxxxxxx]
Friday, July 06, 2007 6:40 PM
Chris Sibbald
Re: Question about EPF Composer HTML generation

Chris, I'm not sure. I confess I had seen this result before, but couldn't realize what behavior led to that.

I think this might be a good question for the tool team, but they will eventually ask us to reproduce steps - not sure how though.


Ricardo Balduino
IBM Rational Software (www.ibm.com/rational)
Eclipse Process Framework (www.eclipse.org/epf)

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07/06/2007 12:25 PM

Ricardo Balduino/Cupertino/IBM@IBMUS
"External Chris Sibbald" <csibbald@xxxxxxxx>
Question about EPF Composer HTML generation

Hello Ricardo,


I just noticed that the names of the generated HTML files have changed.


Some of them have a "-x", where "x" is an integer appended to the name.


For example, if I have a method element called "element_A.xmi" there is a generated page called "element_A-2.html".  Do you have any idea when and why this was changed?  Under what conditions are the integers appended?


The elements used to have a GUID in the filename and that was removed, so I can understand adding a incrementing number to get unique file names, but in many cases the appended integer is present even if the file name is already unique.


Any insight would be appreciated.



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