Agenda of universal requests

When the approval mode is turned on, it is not possible to edit the object over the standard REST interface (for example '/api/v1/roles'), but you must use the REST for universal requests (for example'/api/v1/requests/{request ID }/roles').

In the approval mode, it is not possible to use the standard REST interface. This restriction only applies to the REST interface. Editing through a given service is fully functional.

From a UI perspective, the situation is similar. If the approval mode is enabled, it is not possible to edit the object on a standard URL. This means that even if the user has the right to edit, the object will be read-only (details will be read only, edit buttons will not be available, bulk operations will not be available). An object can only be edited after you have moved to a specific request URL.

One of the main objectives of universal applications was to achieve the reuse of the UI components. This means that if a user creates a request (which goes to a completely different URL), they should not visually see "no" change. They should feel that by simply creating a request, the form just switched to editing mode.

Example of a URL role and the same role edit role within the request:

  • /role/{role ID}/detail
  • /requests/{request ID}/role/{role ID}/detail

Creation of a request

If you want to go to the above mentioned URLs, you will first need to create the request. This can be generated by calling the method on the REST request interface of the object. This is a POST method where a single entry is the object for which we want to create a request. This input object may not exist in the database (for a situation where we want to create a new object within the request).

Example creating a request for a new role:

curl 'http://localhost:8080/idm-backend/api/v1/requests/roles' -H 'content-type: application/hal+json;charset=UTF-8' --data-binary '{"name":"NewRole","code":"NewRole"}'

Creation of request items

If we already have a request, we can start making individual changes. As described above, individual REST request calls are "redirected" to the REST request interface of that object type. Each partial change (called REST interface) creates a request item (IdmRequestItem). This item includes, in particular, ownership of the owner, that is, the link to the object being edited.

Additionally, the request entry contains a complete object in the form of how to get from the interface. This object is used to apply changes when applying for approval. The object is saved in JSON format. This format has been chosen with respect to backward compatibility. There is a lower probability of any problems with a change in the structure of the target object. JSON format allows us to perform additional transformations (to ensure compatibility) against binary serialization of the whole object.

The REST interface is represented by the controller, for example, the role is the standard controller IdmRoleController and the request controller is IdmRequestRoleController.
Requesting mode is controlled for all requestable objects by IdmRoleDto (for now)!

Requesting mode can be enabled for every supported object by property in the application configuration:<requestable object>.enabled=true

, where <requestable object> is the name of requestable object (DTO).

For example approving for role (IdmRoleDto) can be enable by this property:

All supported objects must implemented interface eu.bcvsolutions.idm.core.api.domain.Requestable.

  • IdmRoleDto - Roles
  • IdmRoleCompositionDto - Business roles
  • IdmRoleGuaranteeDto - Guarantee defined by identity
  • IdmRoleGuaranteeRoleDto - Guarantee defined by other role
  • IdmAuthorizationPolicyDto - Premissions
  • IdmRoleCatalogueRoleDto - Relations on the catalogue
  • SysRoleSystemDto - Linking the system to a role
  • SysRoleSystemAttributeDto - Overloaded system attribute (on the role)
  • IdmFormValueDto - Extended attributes

Each requestable type of object may have its own approval process. The approval process can be defined in the application configuration:

idm.sec.core.request.{object type}.wf={code of WF process}

Example for IdmRole:
If none workflow process is defined, then 'request-idm-role' is using as default.

Workflow process for roles

The basic approval process where changes on the role are approved by the guarantors of the role in request. If there are no guarantors or a new role, then those who have the role defined in the variable '' are the approvers. If this variable does not have any role, 'superAdminRole' is returned.

Workflow process for business roles

If the request contains a item with business role change (IdmRoloComposition), then a separate workflow process (request-idm-role-composition) is started for each item. This process aims to verify whether the guarantors of the target role agree with the change. This means that if we put B role to role A, guarantor of the role B must agree with this assignment. The same applies to the removal of the relation. If the target role has no guarantors, then the change is considered approved.

Enabling of the request mode is controlled only by IdmRole now.
Changes in the request preview are highlighted only on tables. Type of changes are not show on the object details or on EAVs!