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Claim Check

The Claim Check from the EIP patterns allows you to replace message content with a claim check (a unique key), which can be used to retrieve the message content at a later time. The message content is stored temporarily in a persistent store like a database or file system. This pattern is very useful when message content is very large (thus it would be expensive to send around) and not all components require all information.

It can also be useful in situations where you cannot trust the information with an outside party; in this case, you can use the Claim Check to hide the sensitive portions of data.

Example

In this example we want to replace a message body with a claim check, and restore the body at a later step.

Using the Fluent Builders

Using the Spring XML Extensions

The example route is pretty simple - its just a Pipeline. In a real application you would have some other steps where the mock:testCheckpoint endpoint is in the example.

The message is first sent to the checkLuggage bean which looks like

This bean stores the message body into the data store, using the custId as the claim check. In this example, we're just using a HashMap to store the message body; in a real application you would use a database or file system, etc. Next the claim check is added as a message header for use later. Finally we remove the body from the message and pass it down the pipeline.

The next step in the pipeline is the mock:testCheckpoint endpoint which is just used to check that the message body is removed, claim check added, etc.

To add the message body back into the message, we use the dataEnricher bean which looks like

This bean queries the data store using the claim check as the key and then adds the data back into the message. The message body is then removed from the data store and finally the claim check is removed. Now the message is back to what we started with!

For full details, check the example source here:

camel-core/src/test/java/org/apache/camel/processor/ClaimCheckTest.java

Using This Pattern

If you would like to use this EIP Pattern then please read the Getting Started, you may also find the Architecture useful particularly the description of Endpoint and URIs. Then you could try out some of the Examples first before trying this pattern out.

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