@objectif-lune/node-red-contrib-connect 0.9.2

Node-RED nodes that call the various services of OL Connect

npm install @objectif-lune/node-red-contrib-connect

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OL Connect Node-RED Stack

A collection of Nodes for communicating with Objectif Lune's Connect Server.

Since the title of the package is quite the mouthful, you may sometimes find it abbreviated to OLCNRS or to its friendly nickname: O'Connor.

A bit of history

O'Connor was born out of the need to provide users of OL Connect with a modern, web-based, cloud-friendly, unicode-aware automation tool. For years, this job has been handled by OL Connect Workflow (aka Workflow), whose first version dates back to the turn of the century.

However, as powerful and efficent as Workflow is, its evolution is somewhat hampered by its original design: a native-code, 32-bit, on-premise application that only partially supports unicode. Consequently, OL decided to explore other automation methods that could, at first complement, and ultimately replace Workflow. O'Connor is the first step in that direction.

A word of caution

This stack is a technology preview. It is intended for use by current users of OL Connect who want to experiment with automating server operations through Node-RED.

It is not a replacement for OL Connect Workflow; in its current inception, it should be considered a complement to it.

Known issues

Certificate errors under HTTPS

In OL Connect and Workflow, there are options to ignore certificate errors with HTTPS connections. The same functionality is not yet available inO'Connor, but will be added later.

In the meantime if you wish to ignore certificate errors (for instance, when using self-signed certificates), you can do so by adding this line to the installed setting.js file:

process.env["NODE_TLS_REJECT_UNAUTHORIZED"] = 0;

Serving resources from a template when creating HTML content

When serving HTML straight from a HTML content node over to an HTTP response node, there is currently no way to intercept the requests coming back from the browser to go fetch a resource inside the template. When in need of these resources (for example, to load CSS stylesheets), make sure to select the Embedded Resources option or serve your resources from a publicly available location.

This will be addressed in a later release.

Internet Explorer 11 issues

Unsurprisingly, some O'Connor nodes currently have issues under IE 11. We recommend using an alternative browser.

Support

At this early stage, the OL Node-RED Stack is not supported through the OL Care program.

Feel free to visit the OL Connect Node-RED Stack forum to post questions, comments and suggestions about O'Connor.

Installation

If NPM is already present on your system, you can use it to download the O'Connor package through the usual NPM command:

npm install @objectif-lune/node-red-contrib-connect

Alternatively, a stand-alone installer for Node-RED, NPM and the OL Connect Node-RED stack can be found on the Objectif Lune Resource Center, in the Plugins & Tools section under either PlanetPress Connect or PReS Connect.

Obviously, you must have OL Connect installed on a server that can be reached from the one where O'Connor is installed, otherwise you won't be able to perform any automation tasks.

Documentation

All the documentation is available in each node.

Each node has been designed to input/output values that make sense for most common applications. For instance, the data mapping node expects to receive a data file (or a managed file ID generated through the upload file node) as input, and it outputs a data set ID that can then be immediately consumed by the various create content nodes. Those nodes then, in turn, output a content set ID that can be consumed by the create job node.

This makes it easy to string the nodes together in order to create your first basic flow.

Each individual node is very similar to its Workflow task cousin, although nodes and tasks are not always strictly identical in the way they behave.

Note also that all nodes that communicate with the OL Connect server always require you to specify a connection node, which you set up once (from inside any of the OL Connect nodes) and re-use across all nodes. You can create several such connection nodes, which is handy in a DTAP environment where server parameters may be different from one server to the next.

FAQ

Is O'Connor supported?

No. Don't call Objectif Lune support about O'Connor. If you want to report issues, ask questions or make comments or suggestions, visit the dedicated OL Connect Node-RED Stack forum on OL Learn.

The more feedback we get, even if slightly negative, the more it will help us polish the official product.

If O'Connor is still in Beta, when is the official release planned for?

Soon. And that's all we're willing to say about that.

Will I have to purchase the official version of O'Connor?

No. The Node_RED platform is open source, and so is O'Connor. We might even, at some point, open up the project for external contributions.

Why is it called O'Connor?

Because the official OL Connect Node-RED Stack name is a mouthful. That said, feel free to call by its official name or by its acronym (OLCNRS). We won't mind.

Are more nodes in development?

Oh yes! If we want O'Connor to eventually take Workflow's place as the automation engine of choice for OL Connect, we have to provide as much - and even more - functionality than is available in Workflow. We are planning on adding tens of nodes over the upcoming months.

Why didn't Objectif Lune write its own proprietary automation tool?

We did, it's called Workflow. And it still holds up today. But when we evaluated the amount of work required for upgrading it to modern standards (event-based, unicode-compliant, cloud-friendly, etc), we opted to look at existing solutions to see if they could be used instead. After almost a year of testing and developing, we became confident that Node-RED is the ideal platform for OL Connect automation.

Is O'Connor the end of Workflow?

Oh no! Well, at least not in the short to mid-term future. It took Objectif Lune several years to bring Workflow to the level of maturity it has reached, it will no doubt take a few years as well to elevate O'Connor to the same level and to surpass it. So in the meantime, Workflow is still being actively developed and updated and will remain that way for the foreseeable future.

But Workflow and O'Connor work very well together, so that will greatly ease the transition from the former to the latter over the next few years.

Will OL Connect's new features only target O'Connor?

There are no plans to implement features in OL Connect that cannot be accessed via both Workflow and O'Connor (or via any other automation engine, for that matter). We will be focusing on beefing up the OL Connect REST API, which can be accessed by any client that can issue HTTP calls.

License

Copyright 2021 Objectif Lune Inc.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

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Nodes

  • OL Connect Server
  • OL COTG Server
  • olcnr-data-mapping
  • olcnr-data-get
  • olcnr-paginated-content
  • olcnr-paginated-job
  • olcnr-paginated-output
  • olcnr-all-in-one
  • olcnr-html-content
  • olcnr-email-content
  • olcnr-preview-pdf
  • olcnr-file-upload
  • olcnr-file-download
  • olcnr-file-delete
  • olcnr-cotg-publish
  • olcnr-cotg-delete

Keywords

  • OL-Connect
  • node-red

Maintainers

Contributors

  • Erik van den Heuvel
  • Harry de Kroon
  • Koen Truijen
  • Wei Fan
  • Dave Beaudoin