You can also use path expressions to traverse values that are lists. Consider an object that has an attribute children whose value is a java.util.List. Each object in the list is itself a GenericObject with a name attribute and an age attribute. Write the path to the name of the first child as:
Path expressions use square brackets to indicate the indexing of a list. The token between brackets is the index expression. In the simplest case, this is a positive integer that is used to index the list by element position.
Typically, the position of an object in a list is arbitrary. Index expressions can also specify simple search criteria to identify one object in the list. Objects in a list typically have a name attribute, which serves to uniquely identify this object among its peers. Path expressions support an implicit reference to an object’s name attribute within the index expression.
The preceding path expression obtains the list of objects stored under the children attribute. This list is searched until an object with a name attribute equal to hannah is found. If a matching object is found, Identity Manager returns the value of the age attribute.
accountInfo.accounts[type=vms].name returns a list of names for VMS resources. It returns a list of only one element if only one exists.
children[hannah].age is equivalent to children[name==hannah].age. If you search using type=LDAP for example, you would get a list of names of LDAP resources. However, if you use the == operator, the result is a single object. For example, children[parent=hannah].occupation returns a list of occupations for all of hannah’s children, but children[parent==hannah].occupation returns a single occupation (not in a list) for whichever child was found first.
<index i=’0’> < ref>accountInfo.accounts[type=vms].name</ref> </index>
is equivalent to
If more than one account with type vms exists, then either example will return the first account found with no particular guaranteed ordering.