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Restful Asynchronous Notification

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Using Observe/Notify for Robust Asynchronous NOtification

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Restful Asynchronous Notification

  1. 1. REST Design Patterns for Robust Asynchronous Notification Using simple observe/notify to build a robust and reusable design pattern for asynchronous notifications Michael J Koster
  2. 2. Problems • Observe is not a well managed relationship – The list of observers is hidden server state – Client can't be certain if it is still in the list – Conditional Observe is difficult to manage • Events have life cycle beyond one notification – Alerts are generated, acknowledged, and eventually cleared – Use cases for asynchronous Event delivery, polling, and batch Event processing
  3. 3. Design Patterns • Monitor – Create a managed Observe relationship using a REST resource with a defined link relation and parameter set • Events – REST resource to represent an Event instance – Maintain Event instances in an observable collection
  4. 4. Monitor • Use the IANA registered "monitor" link relation – Description: Refers to a resource that can be used to monitor changes in an HTTP resource (RFC5989) – Similar to "boundto" (dynlink) but defines a unidirectional state update from context to target. • A Monitor may use Observe on the server to obtain state changes of the context resource • A Monitor may implement conditional notification using filter parameters (dynlink) as well as defining transfer methods and formats • A Monitor may support multiple source and target protocols based on URI scheme (mqtt, coap, http) • Monitor parameters may be encoded as link attributes or as properties of a monitor configuration resource
  5. 5. Monitor Monitored Resource Observer FIlter Updater Monitor Resource Observe Notify Update Reply Context Monitor Target accept accept-method accept-schema accept-interface pmin, pmax lt, gt, st, eq nbul, nbll, init content-type target-method target-schema target-interface
  6. 6. Monitor Patterns Monitored Resource A Monitor Monitor Resource B Observe Notify Update Monitored Resource A Monitor Monitor Resource BNotify Monitored Resource A Monitor Monitor Resource B Observe Notify Update Reply Reply Update Reply Observe <>;anchor=A;rel=monitor<B>;rel=monitor A Pushes State To B B Observes State From A Remote Update Remote Observe
  7. 7. Monitor Link Examples Update a monitor resource when context is updated "rel": "monitor", "href": "monitor" } Update the context when a remote resource is updated { "anchor": "coap://0m2m.net:5683/example/test", "rel": "monitor", "href": "" }
  8. 8. Monitor Link Examples Subscribe to an MQTT topic and update a resource { "anchor": "mqtt://0m2m.net/example/topic", "rel": "monitor", "href": "updated-on-mqtt-notify" } Publish updates on a resource to an MQTT topic { "anchor": "publish-updates-to-mqtt", "rel": "monitor", "href": "mqtt://0m2m.net/example/topic" }
  9. 9. Events • State changes that require more than simple notification may be handled as Events • Events may have a life cycle, like log records, alerts, etc. • A monitor may add state change notifications to a collection of Event instances using CREATE • The Event collection is Observable and transmits newly created Event instances as notifications
  10. 10. Monitor Link to Event Collection Create new event instances when events occur { "anchor": "/example/resource/event-emitter", "rel": "monitor", "href": "events", "target-method": "create" } Push event notifications to a MQTT topic { "anchor": "events", "rel": "monitor", "href": "mqtt://0m2m.net/example/topic" {

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