While markdown is easier to write, Smack's markdown documentation was
never tightly coupled with the source. For example, the markdown
documentation never provided links to the actual Java classes and
methods. This poses the risk that the documentation and the code
diverge over time. Furthermore, javadoc is constantly improving (for
example @snippet annotations) and I expect that one will be able to
write javadoc in markdown.
ExtensionElement is now a marker interface that requires all
implementation non-abstract classes to carry a static final QNAME
field (of type QName). This is verified by a new unit test.
Also FullyQualifiedElement is renamed to simply XmlElement. XmlElement
is used over ExtensionElement when implementing classes do not
statically know the qualified name of the XML elements they
represent. In general, XmlElement should be used sparingly, and every
XML element should be modeled by its own Java class (implementing
This also resulted in a refactoring of the Providers and parsing
Exceptions. NumberFormatException and ParseException can now be thrown
directly, the wrapping in a SmackParsingException is down at a higher
layer, i.e. in AbstractProvider.
Instead of passing the passphrase back to the user via a
DisplayBackupCodeCallback, we directly return the passphrase
which is now represented by a class.
Also we now allow the user to provide the passphrase.
Apply builder pattern to form fields and replace getVariable() with
getFieldName(). Refer to the field name as "field name" instead of
"variable" everyone, just as XEP-0004 does.
Improve the high-level form API: introduce FilledForm and FillableForm
which perform stronger validation and consistency checks.
Also add FormFieldRegistry to enable processing of 'submit' forms
where the form field types are omitted.
Smack also now does omit the form field type declaration on 'submit'
type forms, as it is allowed by XEP-0004.
This also removes the powermock dependency. Although powermock is a
fine library, it currently prevents dropping Junit4. And since we only
use the Whitebox API of powermock, this simply replaced powermock's
Whitebox with our own.
Returning a generic would allow for
List<ExtensionElement> list = stanza.getExtension("foo", "bar");
to compile (Note the we are calling getExtension(), not
Users are encouraged to use the type safe getExtension(Class<? extends
ExtensionElement) variant instead.