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From "Martin Desruisseaux (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (SIS-87) Provide copy constructors in metadata objects
Date Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:05:15 GMT
Martin Desruisseaux created SIS-87:
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             Summary: Provide copy constructors in metadata objects
                 Key: SIS-87
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SIS-87
             Project: Spatial Information Systems
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Metadata
            Reporter: Martin Desruisseaux
            Assignee: Martin Desruisseaux
             Fix For: 0.3


Every subclass of {{ISOMetadata}} should provide a copy constructor. Problem is that those
copy constructors are very tedious to write. The {{shallowCopy(Object)}} method working with
Java reflection has been created for making that easier. However {{shallowCopy}} can not
be invoked from the constructor (actually it can, but this is dangerous because {{shallowCopy}}
invokes in turn overrideable methods before the subclasses have been initialized).

This task can be subdivided in the following sub-tasks:

* Write a small program generating most of the copy constructor code automatically.
* Write a small program generating most of the test code automatically (probably the same
program in a modified form).
* Update all {{castOrCopy}} methods to use the new copy constructor.
* Transform the {{shallowCopy}} method into an {{append}} method, which may be more useful.
The difference would be that new items are added into existing collections instead than overwriting
the previous ones.


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