Behavioral Patterns - Chain of Responsibility Pattern Exercise


The Chain of Responsibility Pattern is very useful to avoid coupling the sender of a request to its receiver by giving more than one object a chance to handle the request. Chain the receiving objects and pass the request along with the chain until an object handles it. We will implement a naïve security filter chain using this pattern in our practice exercise. You will certainly enjoy this exercise as it is a great way to get you totally master this pattern.

Reading Materials

  1. (15 minutes reading)

Practice Materials

  1. Use chain of responsibility pattern to create a naive security filter chain that will check the following responsibilities in order:
  1. If any endpoint matches the request
  • False - return Not Found
  1. If the endpoint has any security rules
  • False - return Resource
  1. If the request contains any authorization header
  • False - return Unauthorized request
  1. If the authorization is approved
  • False - return Invalid authorization
  1. return Resource


  • Handler (Interface for handling requests)
  • ConcreteHandler (Handle the request it is the responsibility for or forwards it to its successor)
  • Client (Initiate the request to a ConcreteHandler object on any part of the chain, in this example, it should start from the the first filter)


  • you may create a Helper class to handle some conditional logic


Naive Security Chain Example

Questions to discuss

  1. What are the common use cases to apply a Chain of Responsibility?
  2. What features are there in the application when you see that you should apply the Chain of Responsibility pattern?


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