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Senseidb support

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The Senseidb plugin enables lightweight access to Senseidb datastores. This plugin does NOT provide domain classes nor dynamic finders like GORM does.


Upon installation the plugin will generate the following artifacts in $appdir/griffon-app/conf:

  • SenseidbConfig.groovy - contains the datastore definitions.
  • BootstrapdbSenseidb.groovy - defines init/destroy hooks for data to be manipulated during app startup/shutdown.

A new dynamic method named withSenseidb will be injected into all controllers, giving you access to an object, with which you'll be able to make calls to the datastore. Remember to make all datastore calls off the EDT otherwise your application may appear unresponsive when doing long computations inside the EDT.

This method is aware of multiple datastores. If no dsName is specified when calling it then the default datastore will be selected. Here are two example usages, the first queries against the default datastore while the second queries a datastore whose name has been configured as 'internal'

package sample
class SampleController {
    def queryAllDataStores = {
        withSenseidb { dsName, proxy -> ... }
        withSenseidb('internal') { dsName, proxy -> ... }

This method is also accessible to any component through the singleton griffon.plugins.senseidb.SenseidbConnector. You can inject these methods to non-artifacts via metaclasses. Simply grab hold of a particular metaclass and call SenseidbEnhancer.enhance(metaClassInstance, senseidbProviderInstance).


Dynamic method injection

The withSenseidb() dynamic method will be added to controllers by default. You can change this setting by adding a configuration flag in griffon-app/conf/Config.groovy

griffon.senseidb.injectInto = ['controller', 'service']


The following events will be triggered by this addon

  • SenseidbConnectStart[config, dsName] - triggered before connecting to the datastore
  • SenseidbConnectEnd[dsName, datastore] - triggered after connecting to the datastore
  • SenseidbDisconnectStart[config, dsName, datastore] - triggered before disconnecting from the datastore
  • SenseidbDisconnectEnd[config, dsName] - triggered after disconnecting from the datastore

Multiple Stores

The config file SenseidbConfig.groovy defines a default datastore block. As the name implies this is the datastore used by default, however you can configure named datastores by adding a new config block. For example connecting to a datastore whose name is 'internal' can be done in this way

datastores {
    internal {
        host = ''

This block can be used inside the environments() block in the same way as the default datastore block is used.


The withSenseidb() dynamic method will not be automatically injected during unit testing, because addons are simply not initialized for this kind of tests. However you can use SenseidbEnhancer.enhance(metaClassInstance, senseiProviderInstance) where senseiProviderInstance is of type griffon.plugins.sensei.SenseidbProvider. The contract for this interface looks like this

public interface SenseidbProvider {
    Object withSenseidb(Closure closure);
    Object withSenseidb(String storeName, Closure closure);
    <T> T withSenseidb(CallableWithArgs<T> callable);
    <T> T withSenseidb(String storeName, CallableWithArgs<T> callable);

It's up to you define how these methods need to be implemented for your tests. For example, here's an implementation that never fails regardless of the arguments it receives

class MySenseidbProvider implements SenseidbProvider {
    Object withSenseidb(String storeName = 'default', Closure closure) { null }
    public <T> T withSenseidb(String storeName = 'default', CallableWithArgs<T> callable) { null }

This implementation may be used in the following way

class MyServiceTests extends GriffonUnitTestCase {
    void testSmokeAndMirrors() {
        MyService service = new MyService()
        SenseidbEnhancer.enhance(service.metaClass, new MySenseidbProvider())
        // exercise service methods
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