I am in the early stages of designing a new open source Content Management System ( a la Nukes :).
The system will have MVC architecture.
The persistence (M) aspect will be implemented as CMP EJBs in JBoss .
View (V) aspect will be implemented using some template
library like freemarker.org
Now for Controller (C) aspect I see two possibilities:
1) develop a high level domain (CMS) specific language
(expressed as XML config or embedded in templates )
and have a generic engine that processes it.
Thus a specific fuctionality ( like forum, blog, news )
will be coded in this language ...
Then to implement a specific CMS one would need to combine
modules written in this language and/or modify
2) Code controllers for different functionalities
( like forums, news, blogs ) in Java as plug-ins into
the generic system.
A specific SMC will be configured by combining
these plugins and writing additional modules in Java.
I would like to hear any pros and cons and any
experiences people might have with the above approaches.
Thank you !