OSGi™ Service Platform
Release 4 Version 4.2

Interface EndpointListener

public interface EndpointListener

A white board service that represents a listener for endpoints. An Endpoint Listener represents a participant in the distributed model that is interested in Endpoint Descriptions. This white board service can be used in many different scenarios. However, the primary use case is to allow a remote manager to be informed of Endpoint Descriptions available in the network and inform the network about available Endpoint Descriptions. Both the network bundle and the manager bundle register an Endpoint Listener service. The manager informs the network bundle about Endpoints that it creates. The network bundles then uses a protocol like SLP to announce these local end-points to the network. If the network bundle discovers a new Endpoint through its discovery protocol, then it sends an Endpoint Description to all the Endpoint Listener services that are registered (except its own) that have specified an interest in that endpoint. Endpoint Listener services can express their scope with the service property ENDPOINT_LISTENER_SCOPE. This service property is a list of filters. An Endpoint Description should only be given to a Endpoint Listener when there is at least one filter that matches the Endpoint Description properties. This filter model is quite flexible. For example, a discovery bundle is only interested in locally originating Endpoint Descriptions. The following filter ensure that it only sees local endpoints.

In the same vein, a manager that is only interested in remote Endpoint Descriptions can use a filter like:
Where in both cases, the given UUID is the UUID of the local framework that can be found in the Framework properties. The Endpoint Listener's scope maps very well to the service hooks. A manager can just register all filters found from the Listener Hook as its scope. This will automatically provide it with all known endpoints that match the given scope, without having to inspect the filter string. In general, when an Endpoint Description is discovered, it should be dispatched to all registered Endpoint Listener services. If a new Endpoint Listener is registered, it should be informed about all currently known Endpoints that match its scope. If a getter of the Endpoint Listener service is unregistered, then all its registered Endpoint Description objects must be removed. The Endpoint Listener models a best effort approach. Participating bundles should do their utmost to keep the listeners up to date, but implementers should realize that many endpoints come through unreliable discovery processes.


Field Summary
static java.lang.String ENDPOINT_LISTENER_SCOPE
          Specifies the interest of this listener with filters.
Method Summary
 void endpointAdded(EndpointDescription endpoint, java.lang.String matchedFilter)
          Register an endpoint with this listener.
 void endpointRemoved(EndpointDescription endpoint, java.lang.String matchedFilter)
          Remove the registration of an endpoint.

Field Detail


static final java.lang.String ENDPOINT_LISTENER_SCOPE
Specifies the interest of this listener with filters. This listener is only interested in Endpoint Descriptions where its properties match the given filter. The type of this property must be String+.

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Constant Field Values
Method Detail


void endpointAdded(EndpointDescription endpoint,
                   java.lang.String matchedFilter)
Register an endpoint with this listener. If the endpoint matches one of the filters registered with the ENDPOINT_LISTENER_SCOPE service property then this filter should be given as the matchedFilter parameter. When this service is first registered or it is modified, it should receive all known endpoints matching the filter.

endpoint - The Endpoint Description to be published
matchedFilter - The filter from the ENDPOINT_LISTENER_SCOPE that matched the endpoint, must not be null.


void endpointRemoved(EndpointDescription endpoint,
                     java.lang.String matchedFilter)
Remove the registration of an endpoint. If an endpoint that was registered with the endpointAdded(EndpointDescription, String) method is no longer available then this method should be called. This will remove the endpoint from the listener. It is not necessary to remove endpoints when the service is unregistered or modified in such a way that not all endpoints match the interest filter anymore.

endpoint - The Endpoint Description that is no longer valid.
matchedFilter - The filter from the ENDPOINT_LISTENER_SCOPE that matched the endpoint, must not be null.

OSGi™ Service Platform
Release 4 Version 4.2

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