The context in Altair SmartCore SDK is a data structure holding information hydrated by Altair SmartCore for execution-time use. It allows building expressions and rules with direct access to an event context information.
Scripts are executed when an event is fired and a listener is bound to that event. This event’s information is accessible via the context variable. Different events have different contexts. For example, when a stream is received the context may differ from the one of change status event caused by the absence of a stream. Refer to our Device Inner Status documentation page for more information about how devices may change their status.
For example, for accessing stream’s data content when a data received event is fired in a listener code you can use context.data variable. See the example below to have a snapshot.
This is an example of checking context information by printing "context" content in a script by setting a listener like this one:
If expression: true
If this listener is bound to a device and "listens" to a Data Received Event then a stream sent to that device will send an email will full context information data.
When a stream is sent to the associated device an email will be sent with something like:
When a stream is received at Altair SmartCore, no matter if its a data stream or a status stream, there are two events raised in its processing:
- Data Received Event - when the stream is received, BEFORE persistence
- Data Persisted Event - when the stream is persisted in Altair SmartCore DB
In both cases there is a stream involved and its data is stored in the context. This is an example of that context:
The difference between the context in a Data Received Event and a Data Persisted Event is the key id_developer and its corresponding value in the envelope. This is the true id_developer value after stream persistence.
|session||Filled with a session if the script is executed in web console|
It contains the envolope information:
- id_developer: the stream id_developer (only for persited streams)
- device: device id developer
- at: stream timestamp
- checksum: stream data hash
- _t: "str" for data streams or "sta" for status streams
|hierarchy||Device hierarchy (unordered)|
Useful information about the request metadata:
- ve = version
- ur = URL
- me = method
- he = HTTP headers
- ho = host
- pr = protocol
When a device changes its inner status, Altair SmartCore raise an event and injects the context to be used in listeners and rules scripts. A status change implies to statuses: one before the change takes place and another when the change is done. For example, a device can be in a "no_data" status and change to "disconnected" or from "OK" to "no_status" and so on.
So, there is 2 status in a "change state" event context:
- context.data.reason.before_status - device’s status BEFORE the event
- context.data.reason.status - device’s status AFTER the event
Please refer to our Device Inner Status documentation page for more details.
This is a full context example. The device test@cariots has changed from ok to disconnected:
Usage example that sends an email with different subjects in function of a devices status change: