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Contributing to the Axon Ivy Market

You wan't to share your product in the Axon Ivy Market? Then this guide is for you. It goes through the major steps that are required to create your own market product.

Initiate

  1. Create a private fork of this repository by pressing onto the 'Fork' button on the Github repository view. See the Github Forking Guide for a step by step guide.
  2. Clone the created private repository onto your computer.
  3. Create a new directory, naming your product under the market directory of your local Axon Ivy Market repository copy. Within this directory the following files are essential and must exist.

Product Files

  • README.md: markdown formatted text to promote and describe the features of your product. This readme will be shown on your product detail page. You may refer to images, such as screenshots, within the file. Simply add such images into the product directory (e.g. under doc/img/myScreen.png) and include it in your readme with a relative link ![myFancyFeature](doc/img/myScreen.png). Demo (## Demo) and Setup (## Setup) section will handled and promote in seperate tabs in the market.
  • logo.png: an image displaying your product or brand icon. It will be used on the market search overview page, in the header of the product detail page and in the Axon Ivy Designer install wizard. The logo must be square.
  • meta.json: the product meta file to describe your product integration into the market and also the Designer install recipe. See the next section for details.

Product meta.json

This file defines how your product is being integrated into the Axon Ivy Market web interface and it's install procedure.

The meta.json must be written in JSON format. We recommend to use an editor, such as VS Code, for this.

Minmal content

You may copy the meta.json from an existing product, such as the UiPath connector meta.json, and adapt it for your needs.

The most important contents of a meta.json file are:

{
	"id": "mytechnicalproductid",
	"name": "Product name under which it should occur in the market",
	"description": "Short nice description",
	"listed": false,
	"vendor": "Axon Ivy AG",
	"platformReview": "4.5",
	"sourceUrl": "https://github.com/axonivy/market",
	"language": "English",
	"industry": "Cross-Industry",
	"compatibility": "9.2+",
	"type": "connector",
	"tags": ["list", "of", "search", "tags" ],
	"installers": [
		{
			....
		}
	]
}

For type you need to choose one of "connector", "process", "solution" or "util".

Custom installation

Once you set the id, name of a product in a meta.json you can already simulate it's installation to a real Designer. Use the CTRL+ALT+I combo in the Axon Ivy Designer to start the product installation from a custom source. Provide the path to your meta.json in URI compatible format (e.g. file:/home/myuser/dev/market/market/connector/myconnector/meta.json) and proceed to the normal installation process by pressing OK.

Writing installers

One you have a minimal meta.json you are ready to fill it with actual functionality. This can be done by adding entries to the installers array. These installers will be executed in order and therefore defines the full installation procedure.

{
	"id": "mytechnicalproductid",
	...
	"installers": [
		{
			"id": "first-installer-id",
			"data": {},
			"id": "second-installer-id",
			"data": {},
            ...
		}
	]
}

Developing installable features

The functionality that defines your product must be developed in a simple IvyProject that lives next to your meta.json. It can consist of anything that lives in an IvyProject, may it be BPM Processes, Java Code, RestClients, Dialogs, Rulesets and more.

Using Installers

The simplest install procedure is to define files from your developed project that must be copied into a installation target project. You can do so by using the project-resource.

The following meta.json sample snippet shows how a Java sources is copied into the installation target:

{
	"installers": [
		{
			"id": "project-resource",
			"data": {
				"resources": [
					{
						"source": "demo/uiPathDemo/src/com/uipath/orchestrator/feature/TenantHeaderFeature.java",
						"path": "src/com/uipath/orchestrator/feature/TenantHeaderFeature.java"
					}
				]
			}
		}
	]
}

The source property defines the path in your developed project (demo/uiPathDemo) and the path property expresses the path in the installation target project where the file is being copied to.

Product Installer Reference

The available installers can be found in the product documentation of the Axon Ivy Platform: https://developer.axonivy.com/doc/dev/market-installer-reference/

REST service integration

The power of the rest-client installer derives from a OpenAPI service descriptors. Many vendors, that maintain public REST APIs, describe their service capabilities in that format. Therefore only by configuring an openApiURL, the rest-client installer creates a well documented client to be used in REST Client Call Activities.

minimal rest-client installer sample:

"installers": [
	{
		"id": "rest-client",
		"data": {
			"openApiUrl": "https://github.com/docusign/eSign-OpenAPI-Specification/raw/master/esignature.rest.swagger-v2.1.json",
			"namespace": "com.docusign.esignature",
			"features": [
				"ch.ivyteam.ivy.rest.client.mapper.JsonFeature"
			]
		}
	}
# ]

Convert to OpenAPI

Some service providers do not provide an OpenAPI specification, but a similiar format to describe service capabilities. For many service specification there exists converters. So please consider using them in order to join the OpenAPI game. E.g.:

Be aware that the output of such converter runs may also be provided by third-parties and not the official maintainer. Use your favourite internet search provider to look for these and maybe the spec already describes all interfaces you are going to use.

Write OpenAPI

If the service to be communicated with, has nothing but a textual description of valid service resources and payload samples, you may write an OpenAPI spec for it on your own. It will greatly simplify the usage of these APIs in the Axon Ivy workflows since the user of it no longer has to generate valid data object structures and type paths to resources without tooling support.

The Swagger Editor is a simple web frontend which allows you to write such OpenAPI specs. It's a good idea to start with the given 'petstore' example and adapt it until it matches your service interfaces. Once you have a valid OpenAPI json exported from the web editor. You can test it with the 'Class Generator' of the Axon Ivy Rest Client Defintion. If it works as expected, the openapi.json file can be into your market product and automatically installed. Actually, the first Genederize.io connector was built just like that and you may inspect it to build your own OpenAPI installer procedure.

Publish & celebrate

Once you arrive here, you very likely have already built your first market product. Please don't keep it private in your local fork, but fire us a pull request in order to integrate it into the official Axon Ivy Market.

It's pure joy to share re-usable workflow products with the community.

Contribution guidelines

We want to empower you to bring your product as fast as possible into the market. Nevertheless, we think that quality and consistency throughout the market matters, so we maintain here a list of things to check before contributing:

  1. Separate Demo artifacts from productive stuff by its namespace. The target of this is, that users can quickly get rid of demo parts of the Product, once they choose to use the product for productive environments.

    • Demo processes are marked as such by being located in namespace Processes/Demo
    • Demo processes naturally come with a DataClass, it should live in a demo package (e.g. com.acme.demo.DemoDeta)
    • Html Dialogs that are used only for demo purposes, are located in a demo sub-package (e.g. com.acme.demo.MyViewer)
    • Java code that implements sharable connector functionality, does NOT contain demo in the package name (e.g. com.acme.MyUtil).
  2. Lean Html Dialogs to allow easy migration to newer AxonIvy products

    • Use frame-8 (template="/layouts/frame-8.xhtml") as layout for your Html Dialogs. It simplifies inclusion of these dialogs with a coherent look in the Portal.
    • Do not modify generated default files located in webcontent/layouts and its children.
    • Do not install generated files by using the project-resource installer. The generated layout supporting files will be automatically created if you use the project-resource/dialog installer to add your dialog.

This is it. We'll be glad to review your product and help to get it into the market.