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D10052 - Utility X, User Data

This chapter we’ll discuss the user data in zero system, it used vertx-auth-common framework and the user data are stored into User object, our Utility X help you to extract data from User object instead you typed some duplicated code to get the data especially extract user id/config etc.

Utility X provide following methods for you to get data from User object:

Above methods could help you to extract data from the object of User. Here should be some comments to explain the method getUserID, this method is messing because the method name is not matching the feature that this method provided, but because of some reasons on existing system, we’ll rename in future plans.

Another thing is that about the first argument type: Envelop and Message<Envelop, it’s for different style that you used, the core points is that the pure type worker class could not use Utility X to get the data here, such as following:

public Future<JsonObject> sayFutureT(final JsonObject data) {
    final String string = data.encode();
    data.put("result", "Perfect");
    return Future.succeededFuture(data);

Because above code could not get the uniform resource model Envelop, in this kind of situation you could not get the user information with above style, it’s also why we recommend you to use uniform resource model instead of some user-defined types. There is one resolution for this situation:

  1. Write the code with non-interface style and put the user information in your Sender.
  2. Then let Sender put the user data into the Envelop ‘s data part instead of extract information from User directly.

1. Source Code

Because the Video App is before zero system, most of this app service used void xxx(Message<Envelop>) style instead of the latest Future style, but if you read current tutorials, it’s very simple for you to convert to Future style.

public class Extractor{
    // .....
    public static String getUserId(
            final Message<Envelop> message
    ) {
        String userId = Ux.getUserID(message, ID.DB_KEY);
        if (StringUtil.isNil(userId)) {
            final Object uid = Ux.getSession(message, "user");
            userId = (null == uid) ? null : uid.toString();
        return userId;
    // .....

Above code is the method in Video app to extract user id from web request, here are the workflow:

  1. Try to get data from Envelop, if you enabled Authorization the user data came from http headers, because it’s running in mongo db, here ID.DB_KEY constant value is the mongo common id:
    String DB_KEY = "_id";
  2. Then if you could not get the user id, try to extract user id from session for secondary extracting.

All the video app used above code to get user code as following:

    private void execute(final Message<Envelop> message,
                         final TargetType type) {
        final JsonObject request = Ux.getJson(message);
        // Call the method to extract user id.
        final String userId = Extractor.getUserId(message);
        final JsonObject filter = new JsonObject();
            filter.put("targetId", request.getValue("targetId"));
            filter.put("userId", userId);
            filter.put("targetType", type);
        final JsonObject data = applyData(message, type);
        final Future<JsonObject> future = this.revertStub.comment(filter, data, true);

2. UUID for specific

Another fast method provided by zero system Utility X tool is that the UUID converted from String such as following:

    public void add(final Message<Envelop> message) {
        final Topic topic = Ux.getT(message, Topic.class);
        topic.setOwnerId(Ux.getUserUUID(message, ID.DB_KEY));
        topic.setAuditTime(new Date());
        // May contains exception.

3. Summary

This chapter describes the user id extracting operations, it’s very useful in many app, platform or application, it could identity the web request user’s information from background instead of pass the user data in query string, body or other parts. It also could store user’s status in restful application, that’s why zero system designed this component. The user’s information in User is JsonObject, it means that you could store many information into this object and it contains good extension.