Implementing a Provider to inject Configuration Properties

In some cases you might like to inject configuration properties during engine bootstrap. The GlobalParametersProviderFactory provides the option to implement a provider to meet this requirement.

The GlobalParametersProviderFactory allows to contribute configuration properties from different sources, like a database, other property files from the classpath or even computed values like random hashes. The most prominent source of configuration properties is the file. You can also set a priority to guarantee a relative order of property retrieval.

The GlobalParametersProviderFactory

The GlobalParametersProviderFactory works in the way that while (re-)initializing the engine, all provider factories are discovered and sorted with increasing priority. The resulting list of factories is then traversed to obtain one provider per factory. Each provider, in turn, will be asked for its set of properties, which will all be merged into global parameters.

Providers with higher priority may overwrite values from previous providers by either yielding a new value for a given key or by yielding a null value to remove a property.

@SPI(status = Status.Stable, useRestriction = UseRestriction.Public)
public interface GlobalParametersProviderFactory
   int getPriority();

   PropertyProvider getPropertyProvider();

Example Use Case - Using IPP Properties from a custom Provider

In this example, we like to use properties from a custom provider that should overwrite properties with the same key in In this specific case we like to change the default technical user (motu).

Implementing a custom Properties Provider

We start by implementing a custom property provider. The PropertyProvider allows to set or even overwrite properties derived from any source you would like to. It also provides the option to pre-process a value, e.g. masking a password, before it is sent to the log file.

Our custom property provider reads the properties from the custom property file and sets them into the properties map returned by the method with the property keys known by IPP. Function getPropertyDisplayValue is used to pre-process a value, here by masking a password, before it is sent to the log file.

package org.eclipse.stardust.example;

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

import org.eclipse.stardust.common.config.PropertyProvider;

public class CustomPropertiesProvider implements PropertyProvider {

   public Map<String, Object> getProperties() {

      Map<String, Object> properties = new HashMap<String, Object>();
      properties.put("Security.ResetPassword.TechnicalUser.Account", "xyz");
      properties.put("Security.ResetPassword.TechnicalUser.Password", "xyz");
      properties.put("Security.ResetPassword.TechnicalUser.Realm", "carnot");

      return properties;

   public String getPropertyDisplayValue(String key)
      if (propertyBlacklist.contains(key))
         return "***";
      return getProperties().get(key).toString();

Implementing the Global Parameters Provider Factory

Now implement a GlobalParametersProviderFactory to inject our custom properties. We use a high priority value to guarantee that our custom properties are fetched before any extension.

package org.eclipse.stardust.example;

import org.eclipse.stardust.common.config.GlobalParametersProviderFactory;
import org.eclipse.stardust.common.config.PropertyProvider;

public class CustomParametersProviderFactory implements GlobalParametersProviderFactory {

   public int getPriority() {
      return 9;

   public PropertyProvider getPropertyProvider() {

      return new CustomPropertiesProvider();