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Sakai Tool Naming Tips. Aaron Zeckoski Many tools exist in a typical Sakai installation As a developer, you have to be careful when working in a large scale environment The primary issue is with naming collisions

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Sakai tool naming tips

Sakai Tool Naming Tips

Aaron Zeckoski

Sakai tool environment

Many tools exist in a typical Sakai installation

As a developer, you have to be careful when working in a large scale environment

The primary issue is with naming collisions

Some names must be unique in the Sakai instance (not used by any other installed tools)

Tools have many interconnections and use a custom request cycle so some programming practices must be followed

Sakai tool environment

Namespace collisions

Most namespace collisions will cause an error to occur on tomcat startup

Typically you will see that part of the spring tree died and therefore all spring beans are destroyed

Sometimes Sakai will still load but the offending tool will not

Tip: Watch tomcat logs when starting up new tools

Namespace collisions


Sakai tool xml file naming

The tool id (e.g. sakai.tasklist) in the tool xml file must be unique

Typical id is sakai.toolname

Tool xml file located in tool/src/webapp/tools/

Typical filename is sakai.toolname.xml

Sakai tool xml file naming

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>


<tool id="sakai.tasklist"

title="Programmer's Cafe - Task List"

description="Programmer's Cafe - Task List">

<category name="course" />

<category name="project" />



Sakai project xml naming

The id (e.g. sakai-tasklist-tool) in each project.xml file must be unique

Typical id is sakai-toolname-location

Maven project.xml files are located throughout a typical Sakai app

Sakai project.xml naming

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>




<name>Programmer's Cafe - Task List</name>





Spring bean naming

The id (e.g. org.sakaiproject.logic.CrudPlusLogic) of each bean in components.xml must be unique

Convention for the id is to use the fully qualified classpath of the interface for the class

component.xml must be located in impl/pack/src/webapp/WEB-INF/

Spring bean naming

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>




<bean id="org.sakaiproject.crudplus.logic.CrudPlusLogic"




Database table naming

Database table names have to be unique since Sakai shares a common schema (or database)

Convention is to prefix the table name with the tool name (e.g. TOOLNAME_TABLE)

Good names:


Bad names:


Database table naming

Hibernate hbm files

All Hibernate HBM files have to have unique names since Sakai uses one common Hibernate SessionFactory

Convention is to prefix the hbm filename with the tool name (e.g. ToolnameItem.hbm.xml)

Good names:

EvalAnswer.hbm.xml, TasklistTask.hbm.xml

Bad names:

Answer.hbm.xml, Task.hbm.xml, Item.hbm.xml

Hibernate HBM files

Hibernate persistent classnames

All Hibernate persistent classes must have unique classnames (this does not include the fully qualified classpath)

Convention is to prefix the class name with the tool name (e.g.



Hibernate Persistent Classnames

Web xml servlet name

The servlet-name in the web.xml file must match the tool id from the tool xml file

web.xml is located in tool/src/webapp/WEB-INF

If this does not match you will get an uninformative NPE (Null Pointer Exception) in the tomcat log and the tool will fail to load

web.xml servlet name








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