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Use contextual fragments

Use contextual fragments

Contextual fragments are fragments that are added to the composites during assembly time. That means that they are not present in the composite declarations, but a start-up decision what should be added. Once the application instance is created, it is no longer possible to modify which fragments are attached.

Typical use-case is tracing and debugging. Other potential uses are additional security or context interfaces needing access to internal mixins not originally intended for, such as GUI frameworks doing reflection on certain composites. We strongly recommend against using this feature, as it is not needed as commonly as you may think.


Constraints are not supported to be contextual at the moment.

If you want to reproduce what’s explained in this tutorial, remember to depend on the Core Bootstrap artifact:

Table 7. Artifact

Group IDArtifact IDVersion




At runtime you will need the Core Runtime artifact too. See the Depend on Polygene™ tutorial for details.

The mixins, sideeffects and concerns are added during the bootstrap phase. It is very straight-forward;

public class TraceAll
    public void assemble( ModuleAssembly module )
        ServiceDeclaration decl = module.addServices( PinSearchService.class );
        if( Boolean.getBoolean( "trace.all"  ) )
            decl.withConcerns( TraceAllConcern.class );

In the example above, we add the TraceAllConcern from the Logging Library if the system property "trace.all" is true. If the system property is not set to true, there will be no TraceAllConcern on the PinSearchService.

Concerns that are added in this way will be at the top of the method invocation stack, i.e. will be the first one to be called and last one to be completed.

SideEffects that are added in this way will be the last one’s to be executed.