Trip to the client side - HTML5 client for the Talend ESB Activity Monitor
Talend ESB includes the SAM (Service Activity Monitoring) – a feature gathering and storing web service messages along some metadata. To display the stored event data the Talend offers a monitoring UI as a part of their commercial offering (subscription).
The SAM bundles include a REST service enabling simple access to the stored events. To have a real production monitoring one needs much more (search, filters, views, ..). Therefore for heavy-duty usage the clients should use the Talend Administration or a full blown monitoring solutions (Hyperic HQ, Nagios, LEK (LogStash/ElasticSearch/Kibana), etc). I found these SAM basic services particularly useful for simple logging and monitoring during development or production in its early phase.
I consider myself a server-side expert. Very competent in the system integration domain and as well in the server side development. When creating a user interface, I rely mostly on the JSF (Icefaces). So as a part of our integration solution I built a nice JSF web application with paginated table and views displaying event details.
Let’s try to build a simple client over the services providing the logged data. It will be a nice exercise and as well an opportunity to learn something new. Another advantage would be, that a lighter application could run from the ESB itself without need of an external web server (in the real-life scenarios, there’s a web/app server present anyway).
Lets start simple. My idea was to have a table with server-side pagination.
Apparently – many people start learning new UI technologies with such an example, as it seems very practical and useful. However – it is not as simple as it seems. To have a paginated table, we need multiple components playing together. This exercise is far from a good step-by-step exercise. And I assume the reader know many things, so I skip things I consider granted and clear. As I can be pretty stubborn sometimes, I will go on with this idea.
So – we will
- create a table
- load data from an external service
- paginate the data on the server-side
Another point – I am really no expert in the JS / HTML5 / CSS domain. If you find any way to improve it, give a constructive advice, you are really welcome. I took this task as an opportunity to learn and if you are willing to share too, it would be very appreciated.
This blog is not about the Talend ESB, nor the SAM itself, but if you want to start use it, I’ll give you a small hint:
- download and install the Talend ESB
- install the tesb-sam-* features
What I particularly like on this solution is, that the monitoring agent is implemented as a CXF feature. It means that it takes almost no effort to enable monitoring on existing services and it doesn’t touch framework libraries.
To get the SAM data, user can call the list REST service:
http://server:port/services/sam/list with optional parameters offset and limit.
For simplified testing, I’ve stored a sample output from the service
https://bitbucket.org/gusto2_/sam-ui2/src/15074b814e0a2b904b463daf959696e60f3281b0/src/main/webapp/data.json?at=master so we can play locally too.
Now – many of you may ask why did I choose the YUI Library. People use other frameworks too (jQuery, AngularJS, ..). Well, there is no apparent reason. Simply – I like the default skin design. Now it reminds me how I felt, when my mother chose her car based on its color. Simply – I chose one of many options. But the principles stay more or less the same.
for start we will do only the main activity table, we won’t go to master / detail views, etc.
This is the whole implementation with comments
The SAM resource REST service URL looks as follows
and the paginated DataTable sends request in the format
so we need to create means to transform page to the offset. [offset=(page-1)*limit]
I didn’t find a reasonable way to do it at the UI level. When I consider back, the paginator works on pages, not offsets, so we won’t force the tool where not appropriate. As a result I created a Camel route transforming the page parameter to the offset. There are two advantages of this approach. first – I can do it quickly. Second – we can treat (secure) the service endpoint as a part of the application.
I’ve created a client application with detail views, see
there are two build profiles – run-on-karaf and run-on-tomcat. I hope they are self-explanatory. To run on karaf, one must install camel-cxf and spring-web features too.
ConclusionWe have a light and quick client application, which even looks nice. It didn’t take a lot of time to learn it and mainly – it didn’t hurt.. much :)
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