Mapping Extra Attributes

You can store a-la-carte attributes in a specific mapping so it can be retrieved at a later time by either an AOP aspect or Events. This is a great way to store custom metadata about an object so it can be read later for some meaningful purpose. Let's say you want to tag a mapping with a custom type that is not so easily determined from the object instance itself. You don't want to do all kinds of introspection in order to know what object you received in an aspect or an event.

map("MyHandler")
    .to("handlers.MyHandler")
    .extraAttributes({
        handlerPath = handlerLocation,
        module         = arguments.module
    });

This mapping declares that an object has some extra attributes that will be stored in the mapping, such as the location and if it belongs to a module. This is then incredibly useful when you have an attached listener to WireBox:

function afterInstanceAutowire(event, interceptData){
    var attribs = interceptData.mapping.getExtraAttributes();
    var iData     = {};

    // listen to plugins only
    if( structKeyExists(attribs, "handlerPath") ){
        //Fill-up Intercepted MetaData
        iData.handlerPath = attribs.handlerPath;
        iData.module       = attribs.module;
        iData.oHandler    = interceptData.target;

        //Fire My Own Custom Interception
        instance.interceptorService.processState("afterHandlerCreation",iData);
    }
}

As you can see from this sample, the extra attributes are incredibly essential, as the listener just sends the target object. It would take lots of introspection and metadata inspections in order to determine certain metadata about an object. However, with the extra attributes, it is just a snap!

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