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Event upgrade

At some point you might find the need to replace an event with zero or more events. Some use cases might be

  • A previous application version introduced a domain error in the form of a wrong event being emitted from the aggregate
  • Domain has changed, either from a change in requirements or simply from a better understanding of the domain

EventFlow event upgraders are invoked whenever the event stream is loaded from the event store. Each event upgrader receives the entire event stream one event at a time.

A new instance of an event upgrader is created each time an aggregate is loaded. This enables you to store information from previous events on the upgrader instance to be used later, e.g. to determine an action to take on a event or to provide additional information for a new event.

Note that the ordering of event upgraders is important as you might implement two upgraders, one to upgrade an event from V1 to V2 and then another upgrading V2 to V3. EventFlow orders the event upgraders by name before starting the event upgrade.

Caution!

Be careful when working with event upgraders that return zero or more than one event, as this has an influence on the aggregate version and you need to make sure that the aggregate sequence number on upgraded events are valid in regard to the aggregate history.

Example - removing a damaged event

To remove an event, simply check and only return the event if its not the event you want to remove.

public class DamagedEventRemover : IEventUpgrader<MyAggregate, MyId>
{
  public IEnumerable<IDomainEvent<TestAggregate, TestId>> Upgrade(
    IDomainEvent<TestAggregate, TestId> domainEvent)
  {
    var damagedEvent = domainEvent as IDomainEvent<MyAggregate, MyId, DamagedEvent>;
    if (damagedEvent == null)
    {
      yield return domainEvent;
    }
  }
}

Example - replace event

To upgrade one event to another, you should use the IDomainEventFactory.Upgrade to help migrate metadata and create the new event.

public class UpgradeMyEventV1ToMyEventV2 : IEventUpgrader<MyAggregate, MyId>
{
  private readonly IDomainEventFactory _domainEventFactory;

  public UpgradeTestEventV1ToTestEventV2(IDomainEventFactory domainEventFactory)
  {
    _domainEventFactory = domainEventFactory;
  }

  public IEnumerable<IDomainEvent<TestAggregate, TestId>> Upgrade(
    IDomainEvent<TestAggregate, TestId> domainEvent)
  {
    var myEventV1 = domainEvent as IDomainEvent<MyAggregate, MyId, MyEventV1>;
    yield return myEventV1 == null
      ? domainEvent
      : _domainEventFactory.Upgrade<MyAggregate, MyId>(
        domainEvent, new MyEventV2());
  }
}