ResponsibleChains 1.0.18

.NET Standard 2.0
NuGet\Install-Package ResponsibleChains -Version 1.0.18
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// Install ResponsibleChains as a Cake Addin
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#tool nuget:?package=ResponsibleChains&version=1.0.18

A library for easily implementing a chain of responsibility pattern

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This library can help you instantiate a chain of responsibility pattern in a number of convenient ways. See this Wikipedia entry for an explaination of the Chain of Responsibility pattern in Object Oriented design.

Using the package

The Examples folder on GitHub contains two implementations of FizzBuzz using the chain of responsibility pattern with ResponsibleChains.

Your chain should consist of objects which each have reference to the next object in the chain. Such objects are refered to as links in this package.

To construct a chain, use the .AddResponsibleChain<YOUR_INTERFACE_TYPE>() method in ConfigureServices in Startup to add your links in order:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)


No DI? No Problem.

If you don't have access to a service collection or want to manually construct your chain, you can do so using the ResponsibleChainBuilder class:

IMyChain chain = new ResponsibleChainBuilder<IMyChain>()

An example link might look like this:

public class MyFirstLink : IMyChain
    private readonly IMyChain _nextLink;

    public MyFirstLink(IMyChain nextLink)
        _nextLink = nextLink;

    public string DoSomething(string input)
        if (input == "foo")
            return "bar";

        return _nextLink.DoSomething(input);

note that the link's constructor takes a reference to the next link in the chain. The ResponsibleChain framework will handle instantiating this class with the correct nextLink reference passed in.

Handling Dependencies

Let's say your link class needs another dependency. Your constructor might look something like this:

 public MyFirstLink(IMyChain nextLink, IMyOtherDependency myOtherDependency)
    _nextLink = nextLink;
    _myOtherDependency = myOtherDependency;

If you're using the service collection injection method of creating your chain, then you just need to make sure that an instance of IMyOtherDependency is added to the service collection

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

    // Add IMyOtherDependency to services
    services.AddTransient<IMyOtherDendency, MyOtherDependency>();

if you're instantiating the chain manually, you can provide an expression to the WithLink Method

IMyOtherDependency dep = new MyOtherDependency();

IMyChain chain = new ResponsibleChainBuilder<IMyChain>()
    .WithLink<MyFirstLink>(nextLink => new MyFirstLink(nextLink, dep))


  1. Chains should end with a "default" link, which does not take a next link dependency
  2. All links must have exactly 1 public constructor (or the default constructor)
  3. All links must implement the same interface, or inherit from the same base class

Q & A

Answer: No, you can make your own interface or base class.

Question: Why not just instantiate my chain the old fashioned way?

IMyChain chain = new DefaultLink(
                    new MySecondLink(
                        new MyFirstLink(new MyOtherDependency())));


  1. This doesn't work well within a dependency injection framework
  2. You have to instantiate the chain backwards, which is confusing to read
  3. It looks gross.

ResponsibleChains is maintained by @CarsonTolleshaug

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