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InfoQ Article: Compass Introduction, Compass 1.1 M3 now available

by Rob Thornton on Nov 30, 2006 |

InfoQ has released a new article describing how to use Compass, an open source Java Search Engine Framework. The article introduces Compass and walks through some examples of using the API, the RSEM, OSEM, and XSEM mappings and briefly describes Compass Gps, a module that allows you to integrate Compass with ORM tools, among other data sources.

The Compass team recently released version 1.1 M3. One of the new features is support for polymorphic relations when using OSEM. Shay Banon, project lead, lists the major features in this release as:

  • Support for polymorphic relationships: Compass now supports polymorphic relationships when using OSEM. Poly relationships are automatically identified by Compass, and all the relevant mappings are detected and added. In case of one to one mappings or one to many using generics, the mappings are detected based on the class name. One to many relationship without generics can use a single reference alias mapping, with the rest of the derived mappings automatically used. There is still an option to explicitly list all the aliases using comma delimited list in the ref-alias.
  • Better cyclic mappings support: Compass now handles cyclic relationships much better, especially for component mappings. Note, since most times cyclic relationships are simply same objects referencing each other, max-depth value changed to 1 (from 5). In case of tree based cyclic relationship, max depth should probably be set to a higher value.
  • FS Transactional Log: Read committed transactions can now store most of the transaction log on the file system. This allows for bigger transactions to be executed under read committed on expense of performance. Current memory based transaction log is also supported (and is the default).
  • Runtime Settings: Certain settings can now be set on the session level, changing part of Compass behavior on a per session resolution. First runtime settings supported are the transaction log used for the current session.
  • JdbcDirectory support Oracle 9: Jdbc directory and storing the index in the database now support Oracle 9i.
  • Initial XA Support: Compass can now join an XA transaction by enlisting itself as an XA resource within a JTA transaction manager including participation in two phase commit. Resume crashed transactions is not supported.
  • Performance Improvements

See the full release notes for more information. InfoQ covered the M2 release back in September.

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