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    Accessors - Node Runtime

    The accessors.js file is a node module for interfacing with accessors inside of the Node.js (io.js) runtime.


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    var accessors = require('');
    // First step is to create a live "StockTick" accessor. This will execute
    // the accessor so we can interact with it.
    accessors.create_accessor('/webquery/StockTick', {}, function (err, accessor) {
        if (err) {
            // Handle any errors that may occur when creating the accessor.
            console.log('Error loading accessor.');
        // The StockTick accessor, has two ports: "StockSymbol" and "Price".
        // To get a quote, we first set the StockSymbol port by calling the
        // "input" function on the port.
        accessor.write('StockSymbol', 'MSFT', function (err) {
            // After that has been set, we call the "output" function on the
            // Price port to get the current price.
  'Price', function (err, price) {
                console.log('MSFT stock price: $' + price);


    • <void> set_host_server (<string> host_server): Update the accessor host server to use when retrieving new accessors. Defaults to

    • <string> get_host_server (): Get the current server used to retrieve accessors.

    • <void> set_output_functions (<object> functions): Configure the functions used for console output. Valid keys are:

          log: Replace console.log
          info: Replace
          error: Replace console.error
          debug: Replace debug output
    • <array> get_accessor_list (<function> cb): Retrieve a list of all accessors from the host server.

    • <void> compile_dev_accessor (<string> path, <function> cb): Load an accessor from a path, send it to the host to be parsed, and call cb with an identifier to get the compiled accessor.

    • <object> get_test_accessor_ir (<string> path, <function> cb): Get the IR for an accessor designed to test some aspect of the system. Likely not used in production code.

    • <object> get_dev_accessor_ir (<string> path, <function> cb): Get the IR for a local accessor that was compiled.

    • <object> get_accessor_ir (<string> accessor_path, <function> success, <function> failure): Retrieve just the accessor intermediate representation from the host server for a given accessor. This does not create an accessor, but is useful for things like determining the required parameters for a given accessor.

    • <object> get_accessor_ir_from_url (<string> url, <function> cb): Retrieve the accessor IR from a fully specified URL.

    • <accessor> create_accessor (<string> accessor_path, <object> parameters, <function> cb): Generate an accessor object for an accessor with the given path and initialize it with the parameters.

    • <accessor> load_accessor (<object> accessor_ir, <object> parameters, <function> cb): Generate an accessor from an intermediate representation. This can be used after get_accessor_ir() to create an accessor.

    Accessor Port API

    After an accessor has been created, the next step is to put it to use by interacting with its ports. This can be done by calling functions on the accessor object. Remember, that JavaScript is asynchronous, so all return values from the accessor will be handled as callbacks.

    The basic format looks like this:

    • accessor:

      • .init(<function> done): Initialize the accessor. This has to be run before the accessor can do anything, but it will be called automatically on the first write or read. init is not called automatically because .on() can be called to register listeners before the accessor runs.

      • .write(<string> port_name, <port-type> value, <function> done): Send a value to a given input port. The done function will be called with an error if one occurred.

      • .read(<string> port_name, <function> cb): Read from an output port. When a value is ready, cb will be called with an error argument and the value.

      • .on(<string> port_name, <function> cb): Listen to all values output from a port. This follows the Event Emitter pattern, and the cb is called with error, value.

    As a more concrete example, consider a lightbulb that has a port named Power that can be turned on and off.

    Input example:

    // Turn the light off
    accessor.write('Power', false, function (err) {
        if (err) {
            // An error occured while controlling the light.
        // Light was turned off successfully.

    Output example:

    // Check the current light state'Power', function (err, state) {
        if (err) {
            // Error occurred reading the light.
        // variable `state` contains true if the light is on, false otherwise

    Listen example:

    // Get all events when the light bulb changes state
    accessor.on('Power', function (err, new_state) {
        if (err) {
            // Error occurred reading the light.
        // This callback will get called with the new light state.



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