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From Dale LaBossiere <dml.apa...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Looking for samples and some help on Loosely coupled Edgent applications
Date Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:10:12 GMT
Glad to help!

As you’ve seen, the JsonControlService impl has support for mapping a JSON object to a method
invocation on a registered control bean.  IotProvider then adds a builtin topology/job that
maps an external “device command” to use that JsonControlService feature.   The net is
when you use IotProvider you don’t have to write any Edgent app machinery to support method
invocation on a registered control bean.  That includes invoking registerJar().

Edgent applications can define and register their own control beans too.

IotProvider also allows you to say “please build and submit this topology when the provider
is started” (in addition to supporting submit via a remote submit device cmd).

There’s a sample code fragment for creating/initializing an IotProvider in its javadoc (at
least the latest version, not sure about 1.1.0).  Be sure to look at its package javadoc too
for sample device commands.

One sample use of IotProvider (and IotDevice) is the IotpFullScenario sample[1]

The EdgeVideoAnalytics demo system uses it and also includes IoT hub clients that “send
commands to"  (publish device commands for) the Edgent app)[2]

That said, neither of those utilize the registerJar capability… though both inherently support

A third, preferred?, option for locally invoking registerJar and submit is to just lookup
and use the registered ApplicationServiceMXBean created by AppService.createAndRegister().
	ApplicationServiceMXBean appControl = controlService.getControl(

I say preferred because I think of the JSON / controlRequest() mechanism as existing mostly
to support external/remote method invocation spec use case. (Which IotProvider does for you)

By “sample” I just mean some runnable code (and run script) that’s part of the Edgent
distribution that demonstrates a feature.  Just something under “samples” like IotFullScenario
as opposed to a recipe on the website.

— Dale

[1] https://github.com/apache/incubator-edgent/blob/master/samples/scenarios/src/main/java/org/apache/edgent/samples/scenarios/iotp/IotpFullScenario.java
[2] https://github.com/IBMStreams/streamsx.edgevideoanalytics.starterkit <https://github.com/IBMStreams/streamsx.edgevideoanalytics.starterkit>
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