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From "Helen Johnson -X (heljohns - Infobahn Softworld Inc at Cisco)" <heljo...@cisco.com>
Subject RE: SimpleServer, & instantiating CAS with custom typesystem?
Date Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:04:40 GMT
Thanks for your reply, Jens.

I admit I had been avoiding setting the text of the CAS to be the entire XML string I get
back from the first REST service because it is a massive string and I only want a couple nodes
from that xml string to be processed throughout the UIMA pipeline. But I see your point.

So then, in this new AE,  I retrieve the entire XML string from the CAS, do the zone-information
processing from the specific nodes of the XML. I assume it is straightforward to then reset
the CAS text to be just this text I have found in the original XML.  Specifically, I would
use CAS.reset() to empty the CAS of the original (full XML) text, then jCAS.setDocumentText()
with the new string of just the relevant text, as well as load all the doc-zone annotations
at this point. Is this right?


-----Original Message-----
From: Jens Grivolla [mailto:j+asf@grivolla.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:20 AM
To: user@uima.apache.org
Subject: Re: SimpleServer, & instantiating CAS with custom typesystem?

Hi, SimpleServer itself is in a way your CR, creating a CAS with the document text you sent.
Why do you want to change SimpleServer, it seems that you only want to add annotations to
the CAS, not fundamentally change how the CAS is created.

It seems to me that it would be far easier to just create an AE that adds those annotations.
Then you won't have any typesystem issues either, since the AE would have the appropriate


On 02/18/2013 10:37 PM, Helen Johnson -X (heljohns - Infobahn Softworld Inc at Cisco) wrote:
> I'm stumped:
> I have a UIMA pipeline that starts with a CollectionReader that
> -          reads XML input (response from a REST service),
> -          identifies a couple of relevant XML nodes
> -          makes document-level annotations from the relevant nodes (title, document
body, footnote section)
>  From there, the AnalysisEngine portion of the pipeline has many AEs that I've wrapped
into a single AggregateAnalysisEngine.
> The CollectionReader and the AAE all work correctly in this pipeline.
> Now I need to transfer this pipeline into a SimpleServer REST service environment.
> I've created a PEAR of the AAE portion of the pipeline, but I can't include the CollectionReader
in this PEAR.
> First question:
> It is my understanding the CR cannot be included in the PEAR for the simpleServer, am
I correct in this?
> In order to get those document-zoning annotations of title, body & footnote, I have
added some methods to the Service.java class in the SimpleServer package that do the XML parsing
and then do the adding of these annotations to the JCAS before the AAE is called. The error
that is being thrown at this point is this:
> "The server encountered an internal error (JCas type "myPackage.DocClass.ArticleMainTitle"
used in Java code, but was not declared in the XML type descriptor.) that prevented it from
fulfilling this request."
> Second question:
> Where is Service.java looking for the typesystem xml file to be? I have tried all of
the following, with the same error result:
> -          put the typesystem descriptor file, myTSD.xml, in SimpleServer/lib
> -          create a jar containing myTSD.xml, put it into SimpleServer/lib and add that
to the build path
> -          (after the two above attempts), in SimpleServer project properties, add "lib"
to the UIMA CDE Property Page
> -          in SimpleServer project properties, in UIMA Type System, point to the myTSD.xml
file in lib
> -          put myTSD.xml in SimpeServer/WebContent/WEB-INF/lib
> -          put the jar containing myTSD.xml in the SimpleServer/WebContent/WEB-INF/lib
> -          put myTSD.xml in SimpleServer/WebContent/WEB-INF/resources
> Final question:
> When a CAS gets instantiated (or reset, as it does in Service.java), how can I tell it
to use a custom typesystem, and where will it look for that typesystem.xml file within the
SimpleServer project?
> Thank you,
> Helen Johnson

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