[security-dev] PicketLink 3 IDM API - Command Chaining

Darran Lofthouse darran.lofthouse at jboss.com
Sat Dec 1 09:20:40 EST 2012

Working with the IdentityManager interface quite a lot of methods are 
returning void - has there been any consideration to them returning an 
appropriate IdentityManager reference to avoid the need for subsequent 
lookup calls and to potentially commands to be chained?

As an example creating a new Tier and obtaining the IdentityManager for 
that Tier takes three lines and introduces the need to cache the Tier 
for it's re-use: -

         Tier internalTier = new Tier("InternalApps", "Tier to contain 
roles for internal apps.", null);
         IdentityManager internalTierIm = im.forTier(internalTier);

Had the call to createTier returned the IdentityManager I could have 
reduced this down to: -

         IdentityManager internalTierIm = im.createTier(new Tier(
                 "Tier to contain roles for internal apps.",

Darran Lofthouse.

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