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From Stefan Seelmann <>
Subject Re: Search result in LDAP API
Date Thu, 28 Apr 2011 13:40:43 GMT
On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 2:20 PM, Pierre-Arnaud Marcelot <> wrote:
> On 28 avr. 2011, at 13:39, Kiran Ayyagari wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM, Emmanuel Lecharny <> wrote:
>>> Hi guys,
>>> yesterday, as I started to write the doc about the Search Operation, I faced
>>> some issue. Let me explain.
>>> When you do a simple search, you get back a cursor :
>>>        SearchCursor cursor = "ou=system",
>>> "(objectclass=*)", SearchScope.ONELEVEL );
>>> The SearchCursor extends Cursor<Response>.
>>> That means you get some Response when you do a search, so you have to write
>>> such code to get back the entries :
>>>        while ( )
>>>        {
>>>            Entry entry = ((SearchResultEntry)(cursor.get())).getEntry();
>>> which is just horrible.
> I completely agree.
> We are creating this API to make the user's life easier and not embarrass him with such
> I'm pretty sure 90% of the users of the API won't know there are multiple types of responses
to search.
> Most of them only expect entries.
> On the other hand, LDAP experts know everything about the spec and the API should also
ease their work and allow them to access everything.

I totally agree with Pierre-Arnaud. For power-users the search()
method should return the data structures as defined in the LDAP spec.
But most users only want to get Entry objects (not even
SearchResultEntry objects). So I'd suggest to keep the current
search() methods as is and add another convenience search method.

The LdapConnection interface already defines a lot of convenience methods:
- exists()
- lookup()
- move()
- moveAndRename()
- rename()

So why not some more for search:
Cursor<Entry> searchForEntries( Dn baseDn, String filter, SearchScope
scope, String... attributes ) // skips SearchResultReference
Cursor<Entry> searchForEntries( Dn baseDn, String filter, SearchScope
scope, ReferralHandlingMethod referalHandling, String... attributes )

Another idea is to distinguish low-level and convenience methods by
their method signature:

a) Low-level methods: a XyzRequest object is passed and the according
XyzResponse (or a Cursor with the SearchResultXyz objects for search)
is returned. Examples
    BindResponse bind(BindRequest bindRequest)
    ModifyResponse modify(ModifyRequest modRequest)
    ModifyDnResponse modifyDn(ModifyDnRequest modDnRequest)
    SearchCursor search(SearchRequest searchRequest)
    -> those methods don't throw LdapException (but maybe IOException)
but the sucess/failure must be extracted from the response object.

b) Convenience methods:  higher-level objects (Dn, Rdn, Strings) are
passed and returned. Examples
   void modify(String dn, Modification... modifications)
   void rename (Dn entryDn, Rdn newRdn)
   Cursor<Entry> search( Dn baseDn, String filter, SearchScope scope,
String... attributes )
  -> those methods throw an LdapException in case of an error that
contains the LDAP error code and message.


Kind Regards,

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