Brief introduction to PolyORB
Nov 10 2008
I’ve been experimenting with PolyORB at work, and the documentation, while fine for configuring and compiling your application, is sorely lacking on any help with implementing your CORBA servants.
Here I’ll attempt to provide some brief hints on how to do things that don’t seem to be described in the documentation. The PolyORB mailing list is a good place to find more information.
[Nov 2021]: The mailing list seems to have been defunct since around 2016
Well Known Services
I wanted to be able to use a simple corbaloc with an object ID which doesn’t change, along the lines of:
You can initialise a new well-known service using the following code:
declare Ref : CORBA.Object.Ref; Obj : constant CORBA.Impl.Object_Ptr := new Service.Impl.Object; begin PolyORB.CORBA_P.Server_Tools.Initiate_Well_Known_Service (PortableServer.Servant (Obj), "MyServant", Ref); -- Now do something with Ref; end;
Which will produce a corbaloc which looks like this:
It’s not quite as concise, but it is always the same.
Telling PolyORB which interfaces to bind to is still something of a mystery to me. If you don’t specify a default address, the ORB will bind to every interface. The problem comes when the corbaloc now uses the ‘default’ address for your hostname (specified in the hosts file), which in my case is
127.0.1.1. This isn’t much help when you want to connect to a remote computer.
To specify a default address manually, you need to create a polyorb.conf file. Mine looks like this:
############################################################### # IIOP Global Settings [iiop] # Preference level for IIOP polyorb.binding_data.iiop.preference=1 # IIOP's default address polyorb.protocols.iiop.default_addr=192.168.1.20 # IIOP's default port polyorb.protocols.iiop.default_port=2809 # IIOP's alternate addresses polyorb.protocols.iiop.alternate_listen_addresses=127.0.0.1:2809 # Default GIOP/IIOP Version polyorb.protocols.iiop.giop.default_version.major=1 polyorb.protocols.iiop.giop.default_version.minor=2
This file needs to be in the current directory - not in the path, not with the executable, but in the current working directory.
I’m still working on a way to deal with dynamically assigned IP addresses. Ideally, the corbaloc would include the hostname rather than an IP address, giving us something like this:
but that has its own problems (the host name should be fully qualified if you expect it to be found on the internet for example).
I’ve no idea how to get the utilities to generate the correct references for me, so I’d have to manually edit them to use the host name. The
Object_To_Corbaloc function simply returns the corbaloc for the “best profile” - whatever that is.
Looking at the implementation, this is based entirely on transport preference levels, so i can’t see an easy way to prefer one address over another except manually specifying the default.
Another huge problem is that even though the ORB binds to all interfaces, any IORs it generates use the default IP address! So if I leave the default as
127.0.1.1, but connect to
192.168.1.20, any object references passed to the client from the server will use
127.0.0.1. Not very useful.
You can read more about the problem in this post on the mailing list.
Sequences were a bit confusing to me at first, since I’m more familiar with the Java bindings which map everything to standard generic List objects. This is mostly just to provide an example of using them.
In PolyORB, each sequence is mapped to a new generic package which, for IDL-defined interfaces at least, contains ‘Forward’ objects. Each reference must be converted to its equivalent Forward before it can be inserted into the sequence. This is done using the ‘Convert’ package defined with each interface.
That’s probably not very clear, but below is an example.
with jobs; with jobs.Helper; with jobs.Job.Helper; with jobs.Job.Impl; with PolyORB.Sequences.Unbounded; function newJob (Self : not null access Object; config : jobs.JobConfig) return jobs.Job.Ref is Root_POA : PortableServer.POA.Local_Ref := PolyORB.CORBA_P.Server_Tools.Get_Root_POA; Obj : constant jobs.Job.Impl.Object_Ptr := new jobs.Job.Impl.Object; Ref : CORBA.Object.Ref; Result : jobs.Job.Ref; use jobs.Job.Convert_Forward; begin -- Register new servant with Root POA Ref := PortableServer.POA.Servant_To_Reference (Root_POA, PortableServer.Servant (Obj)); -- Downcast to Job reference Result := jobs.Job.Helper.Unchecked_to_ref(ref); -- Append to list of current jobs Append(Self.Job_List, To_Forward(Result)); return Result; end newJob;