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From "Craig R. McClanahan" <>
Subject Re: [Digester] Passing arguments to constructors
Date Tue, 14 Jan 2003 17:15:50 GMT

On Tue, 14 Jan 2003, Justin Ashworth wrote:

> Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 08:50:14 -0500
> From: Justin Ashworth <>
> Reply-To: Jakarta Commons Users List <>
> To:
> Subject: [Digester] Passing arguments to constructors
> Hi,
> I just started using Digester yesterday and it has already saved me a lot of
> time.  However, there is one thing which I haven't been able to figure out
> how to do that is making up for the time I saved.  I have a condition under
> which a certain object should not be created from the XML.  I am reading in
> menu contents from an XML file and I want to make the menu dynamic based on
> the user's permissions, known only at runtime.  I could easily do this if I
> could just pass the permissions into the constructor when a new object is
> created or, alternatively, when setNext is called.  That way I can determine
> at runtime whether or not the object should be saved or ignored, based on
> whether or not the user has appropriate permissions.  Right now what I have
> to do is create the entire object then parse through it and prune the
> branches that shouldn't exist, which as you could imagine takes a lot of
> time.  Are there any provisions for doing what I'm trying to do with
> Digester?  If not, does anybody else think this would be worthwhile enough
> that I could implement the feature in Digester?

Check out the ObjectCreationFactory rule.  Instead of specifying the class
of the object you're trying to create, you specify the class of a Factory
object -- which can do anything necessary to create the instance of the
actual object (including calling a constructor with parameters, or calling
some other object factory, or ...).

> Thanks much,
> Justin


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