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Sync Plans

In this section, we explain all the operations you can do about sync plans.

From the Dashboard, click on the button Sync Plans to access to the Sync Plans section.

Sync plan list

Here you find the list of all your sync plans.

Each row of the table represents a sync plan. You can expand the row by clicking on it to view additional information about the sync plan.

The column ON/OFF indicates whether the synchronization is on or off. Switch the button to start or stop synchronization.

The column STATUS indicates the status of the sync plan and, by clicking on it, you can access the sync plan queues.

The first icon after the STATUS column indicates the delivery strategy of the flow.

  • The PUSH delivery strategy is indicated by the icon    
  • The PULL delivery strategy is indicated by the icon    

The second icon after the STATUS column indicates whether the synchronization is unidirectional or bidirectional:

  • The icon     indicates that the synchronization is unidirectional.
  • The icon     indicates that the synchronization is bidirectional.

The third icon after the STATUS column indicates whether the sync plan is storable or not-storable:

  • The icon     indicates that the sync plan is not storable.
  • The icon     indicates that the sync plan is storable and the storable period has no limits.
  • The icon     indicates that the sync plan is storable and the storable period is limited.

The icons     indicates which sync plan settings are enabled.

  • The icon     indicates whether the skip errors option is enabeld or disabled.
  • The icon     indicates whether the retry option is enabled or disabled.
  • The icon     indicates whether the alert option is enabled or disabled.
  • The icon     indicates whether the flow inactivity alert option is enabled or disabled.

By clicking the button     in the column EDITOR, you access the Code editor page, where you can write the typescript code of the sync plan.

By clicking the button     in the column DATA, you access the Documents page, where you can visualize all the synchronized documents.

By clicking the button     you open the Sync plan settings dialog.

By clicking the button     you open the Sync plan update dialog.

By clicking the button     you open the Sync plan delete dialog.

One-to-many synchronization

The one-to-many synchronization allows you to create groups of sync plans that share the same source node and the same entity.

If you send messages from the source node, these messages will be synchronized by the platform and then sent to each target node of the flows of the group at the same time.

It is possible to define a name for the group of the flows that is displayed in the sync plan list over the flow name.

NOTE

The name of the group appears only when there are at least two flows belonging to the same group.

WARNING

The flows of a group must be contained in the same project.

NOTE

  • A group of flows can contain also different type of sync plans. For example, the same group can have both push and pull type flows, or both unidirectional and bidirectional flows, or both storable and non-storable flows.

  • The sync plan settings (skip error, retry, synchronization alert and flow inactivity alert) can be individually set for each flow of the group.

Filter sync plans

You can filter the sync plans by project. You can select the project from the Select project box.

Create a project

To create a new project, click on the button CREATE in the Projects section to open the Project creation dialog.

You have to fill in the following fields:

  1. Code: a 4-character alphanumeric code that uniquely identifies the project.
  2. Name: the name of the project.
  3. Description: an optional description of the project.

You don't have to fill in the Code name field. This is a field automatically generated from the Name field and it is used to uniquely identifies the project.

WARNING

The Name of the project must be unique.

Click on the CREATE button to create the project.

Click on the BACK button to close the Project creation dialog without creating the project.

Click on the RESET button to reset the form.

NOTE

  • A project can contain one or more sync plans.
  • Within a project there can be sync plans of different types (push or pull, unidirectional or bidirectional, storable or non-storable, etc.).
    It is the user who determines which sync plans to include in a project (typically sync plans that are logically related).

Delete a project

By clicking on the button LIST in the Projects section, you can access the Project List dialog.

Here you can visualize the list of all the projects you have created.

You can view which sync plan are contained in each project in the column SYNC PLANS.

WARNING

You cannot delete a project if it contains sync plans.

You can search a project by using the Search project filter.

To delete a project, click on the button     in the row corresponding to the project you want to delete.

NOTE

The button     is disabled for the projects that cannot be deleted.

You can delete more than one project at a time, by selecting the projects and then clicking on the button DELETE.

NOTE

When you select a project the button     in the row will be disabled. Use the button DELETE to delete the project.

Click on the button BACK to close the dialog.

Create a node

To create a node, click on the button CREATE in the Nodes section to open the Node creation dialog.

You have to fill in the following fields:

  1. Name: the name of the node.
  2. Description: an optional description of the node.

You don't have to fill in the Code name field. This is a field automatically generated from the Name field and it is used to uniquely identifies the node.

WARNING

The Name of the node must be unique.

NOTE

The Name of the node:

  • cannot start with numbers.
  • spaces are not allowed at the beginning or at the end of the name.
  • special characters are not allowed.

Click on the CREATE button to create the node.

Click on the BACK button to close the Node creation dialog without creating the node.

Click on the RESET button to reset the form.

Delete a node

By clicking on the button LIST in the Node section, you can access the Node List dialog.

Here you can visualize the list of all the nodes you have created.

The column ID shows the id of the node, which is automatically created by the platform based on the node name entered by the user. The id is used to call the YouSolution.Cloud APIs (see the section Node-RED).

By clicking the button     you can quickly copy the id of the node.

The column SYNC PLANS shows in which sync plans is used the node.

WARNING

You cannot delete a node if it is used in a sync plan.

You can search a node by using the Search node filter.

To delete a node, click on the button     in the row corresponding to the node you want to delete.

NOTE

The button     is disabled for the nodes that cannot be deleted.

You can delete more than one node at a time, by selecting the nodes and then clicking on the button DELETE.

NOTE

When you select a node the button     in the row will be disabled. Use the button DELETE to delete the node.

Click on the button BACK to close the dialog.

Create an entity

To create an entity, click on the button CREATE in the Entities section to open the Entity creation dialog.

You have to fill in the following fields:

  1. Name: the name of the entity.
  2. Description: an optional description of the entity.

You don't have to fill in the Code name field. This is a field automatically generated from the Name field and it is used to uniquely identifies the entity.

WARNING

The Name of the entity must be unique.

NOTE

The Name of the entity:

  • cannot start with numbers.
  • spaces are not allowed at the beginning or at the end of the name.
  • special characters are not allowed.

Click on the BACK button to close the Entity creation dialog without creating the entity.

Click on the RESET button to reset the form.

Click on the CREATE button to create the entity.

Delete an entity

By clicking on the button LIST in the Entity section, you can access the Entity List dialog.

Here you can visualize the list of all the entities you have created.

The column ID shows the id of the entity, which is automatically created by the platform based on the entity name entered by the user. The id is used to call the YouSolution.Cloud APIs (see the section Node-RED).

By clicking the button     you can quickly copy the id of the entity.

The column SYNC PLANS shows in which sync plans is used the entity.

WARNING

You cannot delete an entity if it is used in a sync plan.

You can search an entity by using the Search entity filter.

To delete an entity, click on the button     in the row corresponding to the entity you want to delete.

NOTE

The button     is disabled for the entities that cannot be deleted.

You can delete more than one entity at a time, by selecting the entities and then clicking on the button DELETE.

NOTE

When you select an entity the button     in the row will be disabled. Use the button DELETE to delete the entity.

Click on the button BACK to close the dialog.

Create a sync plan

To create a sync plan, click on the button CREATE in the Sync Plans section to open the Sync Plan creation dialog.

You have to fill in the following fields:

  1. Project: select the project in which to insert the sync plan from the list of created projects or select the option NEW from the list to create new one.
  2. Flow name: the name of the sync plan.
  3. Source node: select a source node from the list of created nodes or select the option NEW from the list to create new one.
  4. Target node: select a target node from the list of created nodes or select the option NEW from the list to create new one.
  5. Entity: select an entity from the list of created entities or select the option NEW from the list to create new one.
  6. Group name: the name of the group (enabled only if there are at least two sync plans belonging to the group).
  7. Delivery strategy: set the delivery strategy of the flow.
  8. Url endpoint target node: the url of the Node-RED consumer of the target node (see Node-RED).
  9. Storable: check this option if you want to create a storable flow.
  10. Data expire in: for a storable flow, you can set the period of time to storage data.
  11. Bidirectional sync: check this option if you want to set a bidirectional sync for this sync plan.
  12. Url endpoint source node: only if the bidirectional sync option is selected, insert the url of the Node-RED consumer of the source node.
  13. Node-RED tabs: insert the name of the Node-RED tabs you want associate to this flow (see Node-RED and also Node-RED tabs).
  14. Flow description: an optional description of the sync plan.

WARNING

  • The Source node - Entity combination must be unique.
  • The Target node - Entity combination must be unique.
  • The Source node - Target node - Entity combination must be unique.

Example

If you have created the following sync plan:

System A - System B - My Entity

you cannot create the following:

System B - System A - My Entity

because the combination of source node / target node / entity already exists. You have to set up bidirectional sync = ON in the first sync plan.

WARNING

The following options cannot be modified once the flow has been created.

  • Project
  • Source node
  • Target node
  • Entity
  • Delivery Strategy
  • Storable
  • Bidirectional sync

Click on the BACK button to close the Sync Plan creation dialog without creating the sync plan.

Click on the RESET button to reset the form.

Click on the CREATE button to create the sync plan.

NOTE

When you create a sync plan, it will appear in the sync plan list with the status icon     which means that the sync plan is not compiled. See the Code editor section to know what to do to write and compile the sync plan code.

Create a group of sync plans (one-to-many synchronization)

Suppose you have a sync plan like the following:

SOURCE NODE TARGET NODE ENTITY
System A System B Person

If you want to create a new sync plan and put it in a group with the first sync plan, you just have to select System A as the source node and Person as the entity. So the group will be composed by the following flows:

SOURCE NODE TARGET NODE ENTITY
System A System B Person
System A System C Person

WARNING

When you add a sync plan in a group, you will be proposed as the group name the name of the group of the others sync plans which have the same source node and the same entity of the flow you are creating.

If you insert a new group name, the name of the group will be changed for all the sync plans of the group.

Update a sync plan

To update a sync plan, click on the button     in the row of the table corresponding to the sync plan you want to update, to open the Sync Plan update dialog.

WARNING

The synchronization must be off to update the sync plan.

You can modify the following fields:

  1. Flow name: the name of the sync plan.
  2. Group name: the name of the group (only for the sync plans belonging to a group).
  3. Url endpoint target node: the url of the consumer of the target node.
  4. Url endpoint source node: the url of the consumer of the source node (only if the sync plan is bidirectional).
  5. Data expire in: the period of time to storage data (only for a storable flow).

WARNING

You cannot update from a storable sync plan to a non-storable sync plan and vice versa.

You cannot update from a bidirectional sync plan to a non-bidirectional sync plan and vice versa.

Click on the BACK button to close the Sync plan update dialog without updating the sync plan.

Click on the RESET button to reset the form.

Click on the button UPDATE to update the sync plan.

Delete a sync plan

To delete a sync plan, click on the button     in the row of the table corresponding to the sync plan you want to delete and confirm the operation.

WARNING

The synchronization must be off to delete the sync plan.

Sync plan settings

Click on the button     in the row of the table corresponding to the sync plan to open its Sync plan settings dialog.

WARNING

The synchronization must be off to update the sync plan settings.

You can modify these five following settings:

  1. Skip errors options
  2. Retry options
  3. Alert options
  4. Node-RED tabs
  5. Advanced options

Skip errors options

If Skip errors option is disabled, the synchronization process will stop when an error occurs in the sync plan queues. You have to remove the unsynchronized message from the queue before restarting the synchronization.

If Skip errors option is enabled, the synchronization won't stop when an error occurs. The unsynchronized document appears in the Unsynchronized tab in the Documents page (see Documents), but the sync plan queue will not be blocked and the synchronization process will continue with the next messages to be synchronized.

Switch the button to enable or disable the Skip errors option.

WARNING

The changes will not be applied until you click the SAVE button of the Sync Plan settings dialog.

Retry options

NOTE

This option is available only for sync plans with PUSH delivery strategy.

If Retry option is enabled, the synchronization process tries to resend a message when the first attempt was unsuccessful.

You can set how many times the process should retry.

If the data hasn't been synchronized correctly after the attempts were completed, the unsynchronized data will cause the queue block (if the Skip errors option is disabled), or will be skipped and the synchronization process will continue with the next messages to be synchronized (if the Skip errors option is enabled).

Switch the button to enable or disable the Retry option.

Set the number of attempts by entering the number in the Retries field.

Set the time interval (in seconds) between 2 attempts by entering the number in the Retries interval field.

WARNING

The changes will not be applied until you click the SAVE button of the Sync Plan settings dialog.

Alert options

There are two type of alert that you can enable:

  1. synchronization error alert
  2. flow inactivity alert

Synchronization error alert

If Synchronization error alert option is enabled, when an error occurs in one of the sync plan queues, an email will be sent to the email addresses indicated in the Emails to notify alert field.

Switch the button to enable or disable the Synchronization error alert option.

Set one or more email addresses to which notifications should be sent in the Emails to notify alert field.

WARNING

The changes will not be applied until you click the SAVE button of the Sync Plan settings dialog.

Flow inactivity alert

The Flow inactivity alert notifies you if your sync plan does not receive any new messages for a certain period of time that you can define. An email will be sent to the email addresses indicated in the Emails to notify alert field.

Switch the Flow inactivity alert button to enable the alert.

Click on the button     to set how often you want the check to take place.

Here you can define your checking dates.

WARNING

You cannot modify the options while the Flow inactivity alert is enabled. Stop the alert to make changes.

Choose one of the predefined rules by clicking on the selection menu and the set the time of the check. When you select a rule, you can see below the list of the upcoming dates when the check will take place.

You will receive a notification email if no new message comes to the platform between two checks.

Click on the OK button to set the rule.

Click on the BACK button to close the dialog without saving the changes.

WARNING

The changes will not be applied until you click the SAVE button of the Sync Plan settings dialog.

Node-RED tabs

Here you can associate to the sync plan one or more Node-RED tabs. These tabs are used to create the producer and the consumer to send data from the source node to the target node. See the section Node-RED for more info.

NOTE

If you export the sync plan, the Node-RED tabs will be automatically exported with the sync plan.

The tabs you add in this field will be automatically created in Node-RED when you click the SAVE button of the Sync Plan settings dialog.

WARNING

If you delete a tab from Node-RED tabs field, the corresponding tab in Node-RED will not be removed. You have to manually delete it.

If you delete a tab from Node-RED, the corresponding tab in Node-RED tabs field will not be removed. You have to manually delete it.

WARNING

The changes will not be applied until you click the SAVE button of the Sync Plan settings dialog.

Advanced options

In the Advanced options you can set the Sync plan queues retention period (see Sync plan queues). This is the maximum amount of time that messages are stored in the queues before being deleted.

WARNING

Do not confuse the "Sync plan queues retention period" with the "Storable period" of the synchronized messages.

The Sync plan queues retention period is the time that messages are stored in the queues before being synchronized.

The Storable period is the time that synchronized messages are stored in the YouSolution-Cloud platform before being deleted.

Set the retention period by entering the number of seconds in the Queues retention period field.

The default value is 604800 (i.e. 7 days), that is also the maximum value.

WARNING

The changes will not be applied until you click the SAVE button of the Sync Plan settings dialog.

Code editor

Click on the button     in the EDITOR column of the sync plans table to access the editor.

Here you can add or modify the typescript code of the sync plan.

The editor is divided into five sections:

  • Editor JSON Schema: define the format of the data.
  • Editor Code Source Trasform From: extract the keys and the shared data from source node.
  • Editor Code Target Trasform From: extract the keys and the shared data from target node.
  • Editor Code Source Trasform To
  • Editor Code Target Trasform To

JSON Schema

JSON Schema is an IETF standard providing a format for what JSON data is required for a given application and how to interact with it. It allows you to validate JSON documents.

For more info about JSON Schema visit json-schema.org

In this editor, you have to define the format of the data which come from the source node.

This is an example of JSON Schema:

In our example, the data has four properties (id, name, email and age) of which 2 are required (name and email).

Click on the button     to go on the next section of editor.

Click on the button     to exit from editor. You will be asked if you want to save the changes.

Code source transform from

The Code Source Transform From class is used to extrapolate the key fields from the source node and the data that you want to share and synchronize.

The method extractKeys returns an array of key fields. The parameter sourceData is the data sent from the source node to the YouSolution.Cloud platform, whose format has been previously defined with JSON Schema.

The method extractData returns an object whose properties are the data of the source node you want to share and syncronize with the target node.

This is an example of Code Source Transform From:

In our example, we return the field "id" as the key of System A and the fields name and email as the data we want to synchronize.

Click on the button     to go on the next section of editor.

Click on the button     to return to the previous section of editor.

Click on the button     to exit from editor. You will be asked if you want to save the changes.

Code target transform from

The Code Code Target Transform From class is used to extrapolate the key fields from the target node and the data that you want to share and synchronize.

The method extractKeys returns an array of key fields. The parameter sourceData is the data sent from the target node to the YouSolution.Cloud platform.

The method extractData returns an object whose properties are the data of the target node you want to share and syncronize with the source node.

This is an example of Code Target Transform From:

In our example, we return the field "retid" as the key of System B and we extract all the fields of System B.

When you have finished editing the code, click on the button    . The code will be saved and compiled. Any compilation errors will be shown and, after correcting them, it will be possible to click again on the     button to recompile the code.

Click on the button     to return to the previous section of editor.

Click on the button     to exit from editor. You will be asked if you want to save the changes.

In the Sync Plans page, if the code has been successfully compiled, you can see that the status icon has changed and turned grey.

Node-RED

To create your producers and consumers for sending and receiving data from the YouSolution.Cloud platform, you can use the integrated Node-RED tool.

Node-RED is a low-code programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. It provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows using the wide range of nodes in the palette that can be deployed to its runtime in a single-click.

For more info about Node-RED visit nodered.org

Click on the button FLOWS to access Node-RED page.

When you access the Node-RED page, you will find the tabs that have been created during the creation of the sync plan, or you can add new tabs directly from the Node-RED workspace.

WARNING

When you add new tabs from the Node-RED workspace, these tabs will not be linked to the sync plan. This means that, when you export the sync plan, these tabs will not be exported.

To add the tabs and link them with the sync plan, first add the tabs in the Node-RED tabs of the sync plan settings and then use these tabs in the Node-RED workspace.

Producer

With Node-RED, you can create a producer that sends data from the source node to the YouSolution.Cloud platform. You need a Node-RED node to make an http request to the following address:

http://api.yousolution.cloud/messages?sourceNode=systemA&entity=person

In our example, "system A" is the source node and "person" is the entity.

IMPORTANT

You need an authentication token to authorize your producer to send data to YouSolution.Cloud platform. See the section Authentication token.

For a complete example of a producer created with Node-RED, please visit Node-RED - producer.

Consumer

With Node-RED, you can also create a consumer that read data from the platform and send them to the target node. In the consumer, you have to use the Url endpoint target node property, defined during the creation of the sync plan, to send data from the platform to the consumer, and then make an http request to send data from the consumer to the target node.

For a complete example of a consumer created with Node-RED, please visit Node-RED - consumer.

NOTE

YouSolution.Cloud provides a library called @yousolution/node-red-contrib-you-yousolution.cloud with the nodes producer and consumer.

You can install the library in Node-RED and use the producer node and the consumer node to easily send data to the platform and read data from the platform.

Authentication token

To authorize your producer to send messages to YouSolution.Cloud platform, you need an authentication token. To obtain it, click on the button GET TOKEN in the Sync Plan page.

Click on the button COPY to copy the token. You have to paste it in your producer.

IMPORTANT

Do not share the token with anyone.

Start/stop synchronization

Before starting a synchronization make sure you have done the following steps:

  1. You have created the sync plan and written its typescript code.
  2. You have successfully compiled the sync plan code.
  3. You have created your producer, copied the authentication token and pasted it inside the producer.
  4. You have created your consumer.

If you made these steps correctly, you should be in this situation:

The grey icon indicates that the synchronization is off and there are no errors, so it is ready to be enabled.

To start the syncronization, switch on the ON/OFF button.

The green icon indicates that the synchronization is on and there are no errors. Now your producer can start sending messages to the platform.

To stop the synchronization, switch off the ON/OFF button.

Documents

From the Sync Plan page, click on the button DATA in the row corresponding to a sync plan to access the Documents page of that flow.

The Documents section of a sync plan contains the list of all the messages exchanged by the sync plan.

This section is composed by four tabs:

  1. All
  2. Synchronized
  3. Unsynchronized
  4. Expiring

All

In the All tab, you can visualize all the documents sent to the platform during the synchronization, both those successfully synchronized and those unsynchronized ones.

By clicking on a row of the table, you can expand the row and see the content of the document.

NOTE

The logId field is an id automatically generated when processing the message that uniquely identify the document in the platform. It is used for debugging and it might be requested by the Support user or the YouSolution.Cloud Team to resolve the synchronization errors.

Click on the button     to refresh data.

Click on the button     to return to the Sync Plans page.

Click on Synchronized, Unsynchronized or Expiring tab to change tab.

Synchronized

In the Synchronized tab, you can visualize only the synchronized documents.

Unsynchronized

In the Unsynchronized tab, you can visualize only the unsynchronized documents.

By clicking on a row of the table, you can expand the row and see the synchronization error:

Expiring

When there are expiring documents, you can visualize them in the Expiring tab. If there aren't any expiring documents this tab is disabled.

The expiring documents are documents which whose retention period is expired and are going to be automatically deleted from the platform.

NOTE

In the non-storable sync plans, the documents are stored for one months since the last update.

In the storable sync plan, the storable period can be set for each sync plan and ranges from a minimum of one month to a maximum of infinity.

When there are some expiring documents, the icon     appears over the DATA button and indicates the presence of such documents.

Document status

You can see the progress of the synchronization by viewing the status of the document. The status of the document is the sum of the states of the source node and the target node.

NOTE

  • The icon indicates that the data is successfully synchronized in the node.

  • The icon indicates that the data is not successfully synchronized in the node.

  • The icon indicates that there are one or more synchronization error in the node.

  • The icon indicates that the data is successfully synchronized in the node, but it contains also one or more errors occurred during the synchronization.

  • The icon indicates that a data collision occurred. It means that the node has returned data that is different from the data sent by the platform to that node.

  • The icon indicates that the synchronization of the document has not yet been completed.

  • The icon indicates that the synchronization of the document has been completed. The direction of the arrow goes from the node that sent the data to the node that received it.

A document is successfully synchronized only when both source node and target node have been marked with the icon .

Search documents

You can search a specific document by id or logId. Use the Search document filter.

Delete documents

You can delete one or more documents from the Synchronized and Unsynchronized tabs.

WARNING

You have to pause the synchronization before deleting documents.

Select the documents you want to delete and click on the button    .

NOTE

The documents will be deleted from the YouSolution.Cloud platform, not from the source node or the target node.

WARNING

You can delete a document only in the Synchronized and Unsynchronized tabs.

The DELETE and DELETE ALL buttons are enabled only if the synchronization is off.

If you click on the select button, you can select all the documents visualized in the page (not all the documents).

The click on the button     to delete them.

By clicking the button    , you delete all the documents (synchronized or unsynchronized, according to the tab you are) of this sync plan. You don't need to select any documents before clicking the DELETE ALL button.

Resync documents

You can try to resynchronize one or more unsynchronized documents from the Unsynchronized tab.

WARNING

You have to pause the synchronization before resynchronising documents.

Select the documents you want to resynchronize and click on the button    .

When you restart the synchronization, the platform will try to resynchronize the documents.

As for Delete documents, if you click on the select button, you can select all the documents visualized in the page (not all the documents). Then click on the button     to resynchronize them.

By clicking the button     instead you resynchronize all the unsynchronized documents of the sync plan. You don't need to select any documents before clicking the RESYNC ALL button.

WARNING

The RESYNC and RESYNC ALL buttons are enabled only if the synchronization is off.

Manual synchronization

From the Unsynchronized tab, you can try to do a manual synchronization of an unsynchronized document. This means that you have to manually synchronize the document and then you can mark it as manually synchronized.

To mark the documents as manually unsynchronized, select one or more unsynchronized documents and click on the button    .

WARNING

You can set a manual synchronization only if the synchronization is off.

If the manual synchronization is successful, all the documents manually synchronized will be marked with this symbol    .

NOTE

After manual synchronization, you have to check the queues status.

If you do not want the data to be reprocessed, delete it from the queue.

Sync plan status

From the Sync Plans page, you can check the status of each sync plan. The status is indicated by the icon in the STATUS column of the table.

The possible states of a sync plan are:

1. Status ON    

The synchronization is on and there aren't any synchronization errors.

2. Status OFF    

The synchronization is off and there aren't any synchronization errors. When a sync plan is in this status, you can send messages to the YouSolution.Cloud platform, but these messages will not be synchronized. However, the messages will be stored in the sync plan's queues and, when the synchronization restarts, they will be synchronized.

3. Status WARNING    

There are some unsynchronized documents. The tooltip indicates the number of unsynchronized documents.

This is not a blocking error. You can continue to send messages to the platform and they will be synchronized.

If you want to see which messages are unsynchronized, click on the button     in the the sync plans table to access the Documents page and switch to the table Unsynchronized. Here you can see the unsynchronized documents and you can choose to delete them, to try to resynchronize them or to manually synchronize them.

4. Status ERROR    

There are some blocking errors in the sync plan's queues. This can happen whether the messages sent to the platform are in a wrong format or the target node is not reachable.

If the alert option is enabled, an email will be sent to the provided addresses to notify the presence of errors in the queues.

If there is one or more message blocked in queues, all the following messages sent to the plaftform will be stored in queues but they will not be synchronized until the error is solved.

When the cause of the error has been removed, you have 2 ways to restore synchronization:

  1. If the blocking messages have a wrong format, first you have to remove them from the sync plan's queues and then you can restart the synchronization.
  2. If the other cases, you can directly restart the synchronization.

5. Status NOT COMPILED    

The code of the sync plan has not yet been compiled or the compilation has been unsuccessful. When you are in this status, you cannot start the synchronization.

Open the code editor and try to recompile the code. If it is necessary, try to modify the code before compiling it.

6. Status COMPILING    

The code of the sync plan is being compiled. Enter in the code editor of the sync plan to see the results of the compilation process.

7. Status UNAVAILABLE    

The status can not be shown probabilly because the service is temporally down. Try again later, if the error persists please send a report to ticket@yousolution.cloud.

Sync plan queues

Each sync plan has four queues to allow data to get in and get out of the platform.

The source node and the target node both have two types of queues:

  1. Updated queue: receives the messages from the node and gets them into the platform.
  2. Synced queue: takes the messages from the platform and sends them to the node.

NOTE

In the unidirectional flows, there is no the synced queue of the source node (the blue queue synced in the above image), because the data goes only from the source node to the target node.

So the unidirectional flows have 3 queues, while the bidirectional flows have 4 queues.

When synchronization errors occur, the message will be blocked in one or more of these queues, and the synchronization will stop (unless the skip errors option is enabled).

To visualize the queues status, click on the icon STATUS in the Sync plan page:

The Sync plan status dialog will open and you can see the status of all the four queues.

Click on the button     to refresh the queues.

NOTE

The messages stored in the queues have not been yet synchronized.

WARNING

Each queue has a retention period after which all the messages stored in the queue will be deleted.

The default value of the retention period is 7 days, which is also the maximum possible value. You can modify the retention period from the Sync plan settings dialog.

When there are synchronization errors, the icon of the STATUS is red.

Stop the synchronization and click on the STATUS icon to open the Sync plan status dialog:

When there are some messages blocked in a queue, that queue will marked in red and will become clickable. The number near the queue indicates the number of messages blocked in that queue.

Click on the queue to visualize the blocked messages.

WARNING

You must first stop the synchronization in order to access the queues.

You can access only the queues which contains blocked messages.

From inside of the queue, you can view the list of all the messages stored in the queue in that moment.

NOTE

The messages are sorted from oldest to newest. It means that the message that blocks the queue is always the first message of the table (named as Message 1).

By clicking on the row of the table, you can expand the row and visualize the content of the message.

If you want to visualize the cause of the error, check the corresponding document in the Unsynchronized tab of the Documents page.

Delete messages from queue

To delete the messages from a queue, select one of the messages in the table. All the previous messages of the selected one will be selected automatically. In fact, the deletion of the queue takes place by removing all messages from the first one in the queue up to the selected one.

To select all the messages in the queue, click on the checkbox in the table header.

Then click on the button     to definitively remove the messages from the queue.

WARNING

The message removed from the queue are irreversibly lost.

In some cases, the messages blocked in a queue have generated the corresponding documents in the platform. You can visualize them in the Unsynchronized tab from the Documents page, and eventually you have to manually delete them.

When all the blocked messages are removed, you can exit from the queue and restart the synchronization.

Import/Export sync plans

From the Sync Plans page, you can import or export one or more sync plans.

Export

Select the sync plans you want to export by clicking on the checkbox of the corresponding flows and then click on the EXPORT button.

NOTE

You can export the sync plans regardless of their status (on, off, compiled, non-compiled, etc...).

Choose the name of the folder where the file containing the exported flows will be saved, and confirm. The format of the saved file is JSON.

NOTE

When you export a sync plan:

  • all its settings will be exported.
  • the Node-RED tabs connected to it will also be exported.
  • the documents synchronized and unsynchronized will not be exported.

Import

You can import one or more sync plans from a JSON file.

Click on the IMPORT button.

A dialog box will open and ask you to select the JSON file with the flows to import.

NOTE

Only JSON format file can be imported.

NOTE

If the data have a wrong format or the file is not a JSON, the import failed and you can see an error like the following:

Once you have selected the file, the flows contained will be imported and they will appear in the sync plan table highlighted in yellow.

In the example below, we have imported the flow Example Flow 2.

The status of the imported flows is indicated by the icon    . It means that the import of these sync plans have not yet been confirmed.

Click on the CONFIRM button of the imported sync plan to confirm the operation. A dialog box will open and ask you to confirm the data of the sync plan.

You can confirm the original data of the sync plan or you can modify each field as you like.

WARNING

If the name of the project of the imported sync plan already exists with a diffent code, the imported sync plan project will not be imported.

By default, the imported sync plan will be inserted into the existing project unless you create a new one.

Click on the OK button to confirm. Now the sync plan Example Flow 2 is correctly imported.

NOTE

The sync plan has been imported with all its settings and its Node-RED tabs, but the code is not compiled.

You must compile the code of the imported sync plan before starting synchronization.

The token must be reinserted in the Node-RED producer.