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ECR bundles may export services to be used by other bundles. Usually each service may be linked to one or more an extension points.

Note that exported services are registered as OSGi services.

Declaring Services

To declare services, you need to create an XML component where you specify the services the component exports.

XML Components may contain both extension points, extensions and service declarations.

Here is an example on how to declare two services:

<?xml version="1.0"?>

<component name="org.eclipse.ecr.core.schema.TypeService"
  <implementation class="org.eclipse.ecr.core.schema.TypeService" />

The TypeService component above provides two services: org.eclipse.ecr.core.schema.SchemaManager and org.eclipse.ecr.core.schema.TypeProvider.

You can provide as many services as you want by adding more provide elements.

Components that are providing services acts as service factories - so the component implementation must implement a method that to provide / create services. This is the getAdapter method from the org.eclipse.ecr.runtime.model.Component interface.

Here is an example of implementing a component that provides services:

public class TypeService extends DefaultComponent {
    public void activate(ComponentContext context) {
        typeManager = new SchemaManagerImpl();
        typeProvider = new TypeProviderImpl();

    public void deactivate(ComponentContext context) {
        typeManager = null;
        typeProvider = null;

    public <T> T getAdapter(Class<T> adapter) {
        if (SchemaManager.class.isAssignableFrom(adapter)) {
            return (T) schemaManager;
        } else if (TypeProvider.class.isAssignableFrom(adapter)) {
            return (T) typeProvider;
        return null;

In this example we provide 2 service objects a SchemaManager and a TypeProvider service (which are singletons - so they will be instantiated only once when component is activated).

The activate and deactivate methods are called by the component registry after the component was registered and before it is unregistered - thus, they are called only once in the life time of a component instance.

You can of course choose to create the service instance each time the getAdapter method is called.

So the declaration in the XML file is only saying that that component is providing the 2 services. When the service is looked up at runtime - the component getAdapter method will be invoked to get an instance of the service.

Of course as any other XML component declaration the component file must be referenced in the MANIFEST.MF as we saw in Components and Extension Points sections.

Using Services

All ECR services are available through the getService or getLocalService methods in the org.eclipse.ecr.runtime.api.Framework class. The existence of the getLocalService method is historical; the only difference on the 2 methods is that getService throws an exception if the service is not found, while getLocalService returns null.


SchemaManager schemaMgr = Framework.getService(SchemaManager.class);

Note: since services are also registered as OSGi services, you can also look them up using the OSGi service API.

Next: Go to the Configuration section to learn how to configure components and services in ECR.