Interface DriverService

  • public interface DriverService
    The DriverService is the interface that all OpenMUC communication drivers have to implement and register as a service in the OSGi environment. The OpenMUC Core Data Manager tracks this service and will therefore be automatically notified of any new drivers in the framework. If sampling, listening or logging has been configured for this driver, then the data manager will start right away with the appropriate actions. A driver often implements a communication protocol but could also get its data from any other source (e.g. a file). Some guidelines should be followed when implementing a driver for OpenMUC:
    • Logging may only be done with level debug or trace. Even these debug messages should be used very sparsely. Only use them to further explain errors that occur.
    • If the connection to a device is interrupted throw a ConnectionException. The framework will then try to reconnect by calling the connect function.
    • All unchecked exceptions thrown by the DriverService are caught by the OpenMUC framework and logged with level error. It is bad practice to throw these unchecked exceptions because they can clutter the log file and slow down performance if the function is called many times. Instead the appropriate Flag should be returned for the affected channels.
    • Method Detail

      • getInfo

        DriverInfo getInfo()
        Returns the driver information. Contains the driver's ID, a description of the driver and the syntax of various configuration options.
        the driver information
      • scanForDevices

        void scanForDevices​(java.lang.String settings,
                            DriverDeviceScanListener listener)
                     throws java.lang.UnsupportedOperationException,
        Scans for available devices. Once a device is found it is reported as soon as possible to the DeviceScanListener through the deviceFound() function. Optionally this method may occasionally call the updateScanProgress function of DeviceScanListener. The updateScanProgress function should pass the progress in percent. The progress should never be explicitly set to 100%. The caller of this function will know that the progress is at 100% once the function has returned.
        settings - scanning settings (e.g. location where to scan, baud rate etc.). The syntax is driver specific.
        listener - the listener that is notified of devices found and progress updates.
        java.lang.UnsupportedOperationException - if the method is not implemented by the driver
        ArgumentSyntaxException - if an the settings string cannot be understood by the driver
        ScanException - if an error occurs while scanning
        ScanInterruptedException - if the scan was interrupted through a call of interruptDeviceScan() before it was done.
      • interruptDeviceScan

        void interruptDeviceScan()
                          throws java.lang.UnsupportedOperationException
        A call of this function signals the driver to stop the device scan as soon as possible. The function should return immediately instead of waiting until the device scan has effectively been interrupted. The function scanForDevices() is to throw a ScanInterruptedException once the scan was really stopped. Note that there is no guarantee that scanForDevices will throw the ScanInterruptedException as a result of this function call because it could stop earlier for some other reason (e.g. successful finish, Exception etc.) instead.
        java.lang.UnsupportedOperationException - if the method is not implemented by the driver
      • connect

        Connection connect​(java.lang.String deviceAddress,
                           java.lang.String settings)
                    throws ArgumentSyntaxException,
        Attempts to connect to the given communication device using the given settings. The resulting connection shall be returned as an object that implements the Connection interface. The framework will then call read/write etc functions on the returned connection object. If the syntax of the given deviceAddresse, or settings String is incorrect it will throw an ArgumentSyntaxException. If the connection attempt fails it throws a ConnectionException. Some communication protocols are not connection oriented. That means no connection has to be build up in order to read or write data. In this case the connect function may optionally test if the device is reachable.
        deviceAddress - the configured device address.
        settings - the settings that should be used for the communication with this device.
        the connection object that will be used for subsequent read/listen/write/scanForChannels/disconnect function calls.
        ArgumentSyntaxException - if the syntax of the deviceAddress or settings string is incorrect.
        ConnectionException - if the connection attempt fails.