Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: 1.4
For dynamically loading classes, JXPath currently uses Class.forName(...). This means all classes loaded by JXPath must be visible to whatever class loader loaded JXPath. This is restrictive in large frameworks and web applications where multiple class loaders are in use. In particular, in an EJB3 application deployed on Weblogic, the shared jars between different EJB modules are loaded with a separate class loader than the modules themselves. Consequently, if the jxpath.jar is among the general libraries for the application, then a specific EJB module will be unable to reference static methods of classes within its own module in an xpath expression. For example, consider the following lines of code in an EJB module class:
JXPathContext context = JXPathContext.newContext(new Object());
Object value = context.getValue("SomeClass.getSomething()");
This will fail, with a ClassNotFoundException, if SomeClass is a class in the module, but jxpath is a general library for the application.
Attached (or will be once I figure out how) is a patch for JXPath that gets around this issue. The patch changes the class loading strategy to use the context class loader, when it appears appropriate, to dynamically load classes. The strategy is based on suggestions and example code from:
Assuming all class loaders involved delegate to their parent class loader (as recommended in the API), currently working code, that uses JXPath, should only be affected by this change if the current class loader (the class loader that loaded JXPath) is not in an ancestor/descendant relationship with the context class loader.