Lift Packets for Processing in NoFlo

Lift Packets for Processing in NoFlo

In a NoFlo program, how the program processes data is more important than the data structure. It is evident in that most NoFlo programs expect a rather flat data structure of a series of packets enclosed in one or two levels of groups.

When your program expects a more complex data structure, it is useful to be able to extract a subset of the structure, do some work, and plug it right back into where it was extracted from. noflo-lift allows you to literally "lift" a subset of the data structure by providing a pattern object for further processing on just that one piece. It then accepts some data structure that noflo-lift would then insert back in place.

noflo-lift accepts data via these ports:

Any valid NoFlo data structure

A pattern is a path-like array denoting the group structure to extract. For instance, in XML schematics, if you have an incoming data structure:


And you want to extract just GroupC for processing, you would pass in, in JSON:

[ "GroupA", "GroupB", "GroupC" ]

The processed data structure must be returned to this port to continue its journal through the OUT port. See the PROCESS out port for details.

noflo-lift does not have a cache limit as it expects you to finish processing on all opened requests. You may optionally set a cache size if you deal with asynchronous operations that may fail.

noflo-lift emits data via these ports:

The data structure that has been processed and plugged back in is emitted to this port.

The extracted data structure is emitted here. It is grouped at the top-level by a token, which must group the processed data structure on return to the RETURN in port.