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Reactor is a lightweight, system resource friendly, system integration and data retrieval micro kernel intended to be stupid simple making development process easy and painless. It was forged to make those possible:

  • connect to any system you can imagine (just name it),
  • get some interaction running,
  • have results presented in the same manner no matter what system it was.

First version of Reactor (then called just ... IRCBot) have been limited only to IRC platform and was doing some vary basic logic back then.

Architecture overview

Reactor architecture

Reactor system have been divided into two layers whereas each of them manages entities of two different kinds:

  • TransportController - loads and stores list of objects (ReactorMessageTransport) providing access to system API through so called "Message Transports", whereas each object wraps and handles calls going through a given communication channel/protocol. It can be literally any communication channel existing out there:
    • IRC,
    • Telnet,
    • HTTP by REST or WebSockets,
    • Skype,
    • Microphone input together with voice recognition and synthesis,
    • Many many others ...
  • ReactorController - loads and stores list of objects (Reactor)) where each of them stands for a single unit of logic that is usually glued together with some external system like:
    • JIRA,
    • Jenkins,
    • Sonar,
    • etc.

Each entity type, be it ReactorMessageTransport or Reactor, is being loaded from application classpath using JDK ServiceLoader factory object and glued together in system initialization phase.

System usage concept


Transport - Reactor interaction

Because of generic nature of the system, there is only one interaction process suitable for any message transport or reactor that takes a part in a communication act.

Having a given interaction diagram the process can be explained as following:

  1. Request comes in through a ReactorMessageTransport instance,
  2. Request object specific to given transport type is converted into ReactorRequestInput instance,
  3. ReactorRequestInput is then sent into configured ReactorRequestHandler instance for further processing,
  4. System asks ReactorController for a Reactor instance that can accept ReactorRequestInput by matching their argument values,
  5. Then ReactorRequestInput is sent into Reactor instance for processing where ReactorResponse is produced as an outcome,
  6. Provided ReactorResponse instance is going through a rendering process with one of available ReactorResponseRenderer implementations and goes back to a ReactorMessageTransport instance.

Transport interaction with Reactor

Project structure

Project folder structure consist of several maven project modules located in following folders:

  • reactor-api - provide whole API and basic implementations required to build Reactor instance,
  • reactor-bootstrap - consists both of TransportController and ReactorController responsible for handline lifecycle of Reactor and ReactorMessageTransport instances. It glues together those two layers make it possible to interact with any Reactor by using any of available ReactorMessageTransport instance.
  • reactor-commons - right now it's just ... AbstractUnitTest 😅,
  • reactor-lib - some of Reactor extensions, both reactor transports and reactor implementations theirself:
    • reactor-transport-directinput - transport implementation handles keyboard direct input passed through terminal where Reactor system was executed,
    • reactor-transport-elastic-push - first implementation of opposite direction message transport. Designed to push out Reactor response rendered as JSON documents to configured ElasticSearch instance,
    • reactor-transport-http-jetty -
    • reactor-transport-irc - transport implementation acquires IRC connection and awaits for messages on given IRC channels,
    • reactor-transport-skype - plugs into running Skype instance and allows for interaction with a system by talking to an artificial Skype user,
    • reactor-transport-telnet - starts up a telnet server and allows for remote Reactor interaction using any of available telnet clients,
    • reactor-transport-speech - experimental message transport implementation, listens to a microphone input and goes with system interaction by recognizing human voice,
    • reactor-database - reactor implementation uses a set of defined database connections and runs defined queries against them,
    • reactor-jenkins - provides an access to a configured Jenkins CI instance where one can view job details and run configured job definitions,
    • reactor-jira - reactor provides a connection to a Jira instance with features such as getting details of sprints and issues,
    • reactor-sonar - manages connection with Sonar instance and allows for getting Code Coverage metrics values,
    • reactor-system - acts as a bridge between Reactor and a filesystem, monitors and manages contents of a given folder on hard disk.

Building up and running

Whole build process is quite straightforward and required only maven to be available in system binaries path, then just navigate to downloaded source code folder and run:

mvn clean install

It will then compile just base system modules like reactor-api, reactor-bootstrap and so on. When you would like to build system with all extensions provided just use a dedicated switch for maven:

mvn clean install -DprovidedModules=true

This process will do the same as above but also will go through every extension that is located under reactor-lib module, compile it and build a JAR archive with all required dependencies included.

When you want to start up the system there are basically two options available:

  • run script run-cmd that will pass command line parameters as an reactor input and print out results into terminal output,
  • run script run-reactor which results in starting up all transports and reactors available in system classpath.

Those two scripts are located under reactor-bootstrap/target/dist/bin folder in two operating system flavors (windows and linux).

Distribution folder structure

Structure of distribution package folder (that is reactor-bootstrap/target/dist), is quite straightforward and it's naming follows common used conventions. Basically we can enlist three folders out there:

  • /bin - consists of scripts for starting up the system, there should be couple of them each for a single dedicated operating system,
  • /etc - one can find all configuration files used by a system and system extensions as well,
  • /lib - contains basic libraries used by system mechanisms,
  • /ext - put your system extensions here, both Reactor and ReactorMessageTransport implementations.

Installing system extensions

After building system source code with provided modules you can find the outcome of the process as a set of JAR files with all dependencies required by each of modules being built. Each of jar file is locater under corresponding module subfolder in reactor-lib/[module-folder]/target. Please note that JAR file generated for one module comes in two flavors. Get the one with -jar-with-dependencies suffix in file name, copy it over into /ext subfolder of distribution package and you're done :) Now start up the system and enjoy new extension.

Creating own extensions

Creating own Reactor extensions, both for Reactors and Transports, is rather straightforward and does not introduce any rocket science. To create new Reactor or ReactorMessageTransport go and follow given checklist:

  1. Create new Maven artifact with desired group, id and version,
  2. Use this as maven parent: <parent><groupId>org.reactor</groupId><artifactId>reactor-lib</artifactId><version>0.0.1</version></parent>,
  3. Add reactor-api as a dependency,
  4. Depending if creating new Reactor or ReactorMessageTransport create new implementation of one of given interfaces,
  5. Add a module related code that will do all logic related to a given extension activity,
  6. Create folder src/main/resources/META-INF/services,
  7. Create new file with name depending on extension type:
  8. org.reactor.Reactor if creating new Reactor extension,
  9. org.reactor.transport.ReactorMessageTransport when this is a new ReactorMessageTransport module,
  10. Yes, one of them should be the WHOLE file name, no extensions.
  11. Make sure you have some tests provided ;)
  12. Build module via mvn clean install,
  13. Upload result jar file (that one with -jar-with-dependencies suffix) into /ext directory under distribution folder.

Creating own Reactor





Creating own ReactorMessageTransport

⌛️ IN PROGRESS, follow source code of provided modules for now

System configuration

There are two configuration files provided for all message transports and reactors installed in the system located under reactor-bootstrap/target/dist/etc folder:

  • - consists of setting entries for all reactors out there, where each entry has a dedicated prefix recognized by a given reactor implementation, eg: all entries starting with string reactor.sonar will be passed over to Sonar Reactor in system initialization phase,
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