The API for BeansDescriptor in the Descriptors 2.0 module (org.jboss.shrinkwrap.descriptors:shrinkwrap-descriptors-impl-javaee:jar:2.0.0-alpha-2) is confusing and hard to use for simple cases. It needs revision.
The distinction between BeansDescriptor.createAlternatives() and BeansDescriptor.getOrCreateAlternatives() isn't clear. Does the former unconditionally replace any existing alternatives entry?
There's no obvious .replace(oldBean, newBean) to swap alternatives. The descriptor needs simple methods for:
- Removing an alternative
- Replacing an alternative
- Adding an alternative
It almost appears that the descriptor module is trying to handle multiple <alternatives/> entries, if that's the purpose of BeansDescriptor.getAllAlternatives(). Weld doesn't permit multiple alternatives, as a test with multiple alternatives entries will show:
WELD-001203 <alternatives> can only be specified once, but appears multiple times: vfs:/content/demo.jar/META-INF/beans.xml@6
... and as far as I can tell the beans.xml xsd backs that up: http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/beans_1_0.xsd
It doesn't make sense for the descriptors module to produce invalid descriptors; someone testing Weld code, JBoss descriptor loading, etc would use hand-crafted descriptors or descriptors produced using the XML APIs, not something like shrinkwrap descriptors. It really only needs to handle well-formed descriptors and should handle common tasks quickly and easily.