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From "Stephen Todd (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (CXF-2709) Provide Method Invocation Interceptor
Date Fri, 12 Mar 2010 01:45:27 GMT
Provide Method Invocation Interceptor

                 Key: CXF-2709
             Project: CXF
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: Configuration, Core, JAX-RS, JAX-WS Runtime
    Affects Versions: 2.2.5
         Environment: JAX-RS, JAX-WS
            Reporter: Stephen Todd

It would be helpful if there was some kind of MethodInvocationInterceptor (or alternatively
with In/Out variants) that could be applied against Invokers before they do the actual method
call for jax-rs and jax-ws. I'm thinking the place that the interceptor would be called is
in AbstractInvoker.performInvocation() around m.invoke().

What this provides for is the ability to perform some action or filtering based on information
from the java.lang.Method, parameter and return  values before or after the invocation is
actually made.

Two cases that I am looking at are to be able to check for annotations on a method and do
some processing for security, transaction management, and/or validation. Currently, the only
way to be able to perform logic on custom annotations is to create proxies around singleton
beans or something like aspectj. By allowing for these kind of interceptors, this would no
longer be necessary.

These interceptors make it simple to do things such as check for spring-security @Pre/PostAuthorize
annotations and apply security constraints. Likewise, I'm also wanting to implement JSR-303
validation checking against method parameters like is done for spring @Controller classes.
This would keep cxf's jaxrs implementation on par with spring's rest framework. Adding @Transactional
logic would also be possible through this.

In jax-rs, not having this creates difficulty providing this logic since using singletons
imposes the requirement that the resources be stateless. The java changes would be simple,
though it would also need some work done in spring configuration code as well.

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