Sling Context-Aware configuration (part 7): A conclusion

This the part 7 of my small series on Sling Context-Aware configuration, and probably the final posting of it. Time for a conclusion.

CAC adresses a need I often see in projects: having configuration which is neither OSGI config nor “real”content, but something in between. Something a super-author is supposed to work with, which can be changed on runtime without the need to have admin privileges. And it solves these requirements quite well.

The design is elegant and extensible, the API easy to use (of course the documentation could be improved, but that’s probably something which every opensource project could benefit from. And the fact, that there is the toolbox which adds even more functionality is absolutely great; thanks Stefan and team!

The only problem I see is AEM itself. The fact that you need to add a thirdparty software to write the configuration in a way that it can be integrated into the workflow is something one can question. I would expect that AEM offers this capability out of the box. And when we are it, I would hope that the use of CAC within the product itself will increase over time.

But besides that, it’s an overall cool thing. Finally a good way to get rid of these homegrown administration frameworks. Enjoy Sling Context Aware Configuration!