Chain of Responsibility Pattern

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As the name suggest, the chain of responsibility pattern creates a chain of receiver objects for a request. This pattern decouples sender and receiver of a request based on type of request. This pattern comes under behavioral patterns.

In this pattern, normally each receiver contains reference to another receiver. If one object cannot handle the request then it passes the same to the next receiver and so on.

Implementation

We've created an abstract class AbstractLogger with a level of logging. Then we've created three types of loggers extending the AbstractLogger. Each logger checks the level of message to its level and print accordingly otherwise does not print and pass the message to its next logger.

Chain of Responsibility Pattern UML Diagram

Step 1

Create an abstract logger class.

AbstractLogger.java

public abstract class AbstractLogger {
   public static int INFO = 1;
   public static int DEBUG = 2;
   public static int ERROR = 3;

   protected int level;

   //next element in chain or responsibility
   protected AbstractLogger nextLogger;

   public void setNextLogger(AbstractLogger nextLogger){
      this.nextLogger = nextLogger;
   }

   public void logMessage(int level, String message){
      if(this.level <= level){
         write(message);
      }
      if(nextLogger !=null){
         nextLogger.logMessage(level, message);
      }
   }

   abstract protected void write(String message);
	
}

Step 2

Create concrete classes extending the logger.

ConsoleLogger.java

public class ConsoleLogger extends AbstractLogger {

   public ConsoleLogger(int level){
      this.level = level;
   }

   @Override
   protected void write(String message) {		
      System.out.println("Standard Console::Logger: " + message);
   }
}

ErrorLogger.java

public class ErrorLogger extends AbstractLogger {

   public ErrorLogger(int level){
      this.level = level;
   }

   @Override
   protected void write(String message) {		
      System.out.println("Error Console::Logger: " + message);
   }
}

FileLogger.java

public class FileLogger extends AbstractLogger {

   public FileLogger(int level){
      this.level = level;
   }

   @Override
   protected void write(String message) {		
      System.out.println("File::Logger: " + message);
   }
}

Step 3

Create different types of loggers. Assign them error levels and set next logger in each logger. Next logger in each logger represents the part of the chain.

ChainPatternDemo.java

public class ChainPatternDemo {
	
   private static AbstractLogger getChainOfLoggers(){

      AbstractLogger errorLogger = new ErrorLogger(AbstractLogger.ERROR);
      AbstractLogger fileLogger = new FileLogger(AbstractLogger.DEBUG);
      AbstractLogger consoleLogger = new ConsoleLogger(AbstractLogger.INFO);

      errorLogger.setNextLogger(fileLogger);
      fileLogger.setNextLogger(consoleLogger);

      return errorLogger;	
   }

   public static void main(String[] args) {
      AbstractLogger loggerChain = getChainOfLoggers();

      loggerChain.logMessage(AbstractLogger.INFO, 
         "This is an information.");

      loggerChain.logMessage(AbstractLogger.DEBUG, 
         "This is an debug level information.");

      loggerChain.logMessage(AbstractLogger.ERROR, 
         "This is an error information.");
   }
}

Step 4

Verify the output.

Standard Console::Logger: This is an information.
File::Logger: This is an debug level information.
Standard Console::Logger: This is an debug level information.
Error Console::Logger: This is an error information.
File::Logger: This is an error information.
Standard Console::Logger: This is an error information.


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