Chain of Responsibility

The chain of responsibility pattern contains two main building blocks. Command objects and a series of processing objects that can be responsible for reacting to a command object. Examples are the servlet filter in Spring or HttpInterceptors in Angular. Both consist of a chain of processing objects that pass a command object, e.g. a request from a client, through it. If a processing object feels responsible for reacting to that command it can do so. Afterwards the command object is passed to the next processing object down the chain. In a strict implementation according to the GoF only one processing object should be responsible for a certain command object, however, in most cases this rule is softened.


import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.EnumSet;
import java.util.function.Consumer;

public interface Logger {
    public enum LogLevel {

        public static LogLevel[] all() {
            return values();

    abstract void message(String msg, LogLevel severity);

    default Logger appendNext(Logger nextLogger) {
        return (msg, severity) -> {
            message(msg, severity);
            nextLogger.message(msg, severity);

    static Logger writeLogger(LogLevel[] levels, Consumer<String> stringConsumer) {
        EnumSet<LogLevel> set = EnumSet.copyOf(Arrays.asList(levels));
        return (msg, severity) -> {
            if (set.contains(severity)) {

    static Logger consoleLogger(LogLevel... levels) {
        return writeLogger(levels, msg -> System.err.println("Writing to console: " + msg));

    static Logger emailLogger(LogLevel... levels) {
        return writeLogger(levels, msg -> System.err.println("Sending via email: " + msg));

    static Logger fileLogger(LogLevel... levels) {
        return writeLogger(levels, msg -> System.err.println("Writing to Log File: " + msg));

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Build an immutable chain of responsibility
        Logger logger = consoleLogger(LogLevel.all())
                .appendNext(emailLogger(LogLevel.FUNCTIONAL_MESSAGE, LogLevel.FUNCTIONAL_ERROR))
                .appendNext(fileLogger(LogLevel.WARNING, LogLevel.ERROR));

        // Handled by consoleLogger since the console has a LogLevel of all
        logger.message("Entering function ProcessOrder().", LogLevel.DEBUG);
        logger.message("Order record retrieved.", LogLevel.INFO);

        // Handled by consoleLogger and emailLogger since emailLogger implements Functional_Error & Functional_Message
        logger.message("Unable to Process Order ORD1 Dated D1 For Customer C1.", LogLevel.FUNCTIONAL_ERROR);
        logger.message("Order Dispatched.", LogLevel.FUNCTIONAL_MESSAGE);

        // Handled by consoleLogger and fileLogger since fileLogger implements Warning & Error
        logger.message("Customer Address details missing in Branch DataBase.", LogLevel.WARNING);
        logger.message("Customer Address details missing in Organization DataBase.", LogLevel.ERROR);

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