[Openstack] Multiple Versions in Openstack API

Brian Waldon brian.waldon at rackspace.com
Wed Mar 2 22:42:41 UTC 2011

Currently, the Openstack API includes a Versions WSGI application. The intended purpose is to detail all versions of the API that are reachable by a client. Currently, it only supports "v1.0." As we move towards the Cactus release, we need to add support for the new "v1.1" specification. The intention of the Versions app seems to be to deploy multiple versions of the OS API within the same codebase. Since these two versions have significant differences, having to support each in the same code seems unnatural.
With the existing approach, versioning could be accomplished multiple ways: version-specific "if" statements, version-specific class hierarchies, etc. I feel this is inelegant and could be accomplished a much cleaner way. I propose we move the responsibilities of the Versions app out of the nova codebase and into the hands of the operator of the api endpoints. With this approach, the code would not unnecessarily increase in complexity as more versions of the api are released. The major drawback of this strategy is that each release of Openstack Compute could support a single OS API version.
As we are slated to have our first multi-version OS API release in Cactus, I would like to see us reach a consensus as soon as posible. Any and all feedback is welcome!
Brian Waldon
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