[webkit-dev] Simplifying "hub" classes (was Cleaning up directories in WebCore)

Adam Barth abarth at webkit.org
Fri Nov 18 14:55:35 PST 2011

On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 2:38 PM, Ryosuke Niwa <rniwa at webkit.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 2:27 PM, Adam Barth <abarth at webkit.org> wrote:
>> I've done some analysis of header inclusion dependencies, and they're
>> actually pretty good for these directories.  The main issues at the
>> moment are "hub" classes like Page, Frame, and Document, which need to
>> be touched by many features.
> One thing I wanted to do is separate those "hub" part of Page, Frame, and
> Document into PageBase, FrameBase, and DocumentBase. (Or use Hub that the
> word has been coined). This has a nice side-effect of reducing the header
> file dependency and possibly reducing the compilation time.

That was has already largely been done for Frame, which is (mostly!)
just a holder for various components.

One interesting case I've been look at is ENABLE(SQL_DATABASE).  In
principle, there's no reason WebCore proper should have any
ENABLE(SQL_DATABASE) ifdefs.  Yet, here's one in


As far as I can tell, the state for those functions don't interact
with any other state on ScriptExecutionContext or Document.  Really,
SQL_DATABASE just wants to store some state per
ScriptExecutionContext.  It seems like there should be a way to do
that without making a mess of ScriptExecutionContext.

IMHO, we want something like the C++ equivalent of Objective-C
categories.  I'm not sure how best to achieve that.


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