[webkit-dev] SharedWorkers alternate design

Jeremy Orlow jorlow at chromium.org
Tue May 26 17:31:52 PDT 2009

On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 5:21 PM, Jeremy Orlow <jorlow at chromium.org> wrote:

> On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 5:05 PM, Sam Weinig <sam.weinig at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 4:12 PM, Jeremy Orlow <jorlow at chromium.org>wrote:
>>> The common case is definitely that we know whether we want the proxy (for
>>> IPC) or the implementation at compile time.  In some cases (like Chromium)
>>> this is not known until initialization time.
>>  What do you mean by "initialization time"?  Is it the case that you know
>> which one you want at each call site?  Or do literally want to make a
>> runtime choice based on state?
> Well, I meant that we always want one or the other based on if the process
> is being used as a render process (i.e. sandboxed, running WebKit but with
> all DOM Storage calls proxied) or a browser process (i.e. running only
> selected parts of WebCore like the DOM Storage backend/implementation).
> Come to think of it (IIRC) all calls to the StorageBackend within the
> WebCore code should go through a proxy for Chromium.  The proxy will then
> call into Chromium's webkit bridge/glue, which will pass the message through
> the IPC layer, which will call back into bridge/glue code, which will be
> interacting with the real implementation.
> If that's true, then the implementation could be very explicitly split into
> 2 (with frontend code calling backend proxy code and vice versa) and single
> process implementations could simply typedef _____Proxy to _____Impl (or
> Implementation, or Base, or whatever you want to call it).
> ....or have I completely confused myself?

To clarify, I'm saying that your question made me realize that we probably
can make a hard split between the frontend and backend code (i.e. what would
live in a sandbox and handle page rendering and what wouldn't live in a sand
box and store the actual DOM Storage data).  In single process cases where
there is no IPC barrier, and thus no proxy (and thus the actual
implementation code should be called directly) a typedef should bridge the 2
with no run time performance penalty.

Darin, Sam, Maciej: does this alleviate your concerns?

Michael, Drew, John: do you think it'd work for workers/appcache as well?

Everyone: have I completely missed something here?

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