Flow Object

Current version: 3.3

The Flow Object contains the state of the Flow. It actually consists of three parts:

  • The Tasks that need to be performed, along with their dependencies and parameters.
  • The state of which Tasks are completed, waiting or failed.
  • The property bag used to communicate between Tasks and Actions.

The object returned by the Flow Resource wraps the Flow object with the following properties:

selfLinkA link to this Flow resource
flowObjectThe actual Flow object

The Actual Flow Object

The actual Flow object has the following properties:

tasksObjectContains a dictionary of all Task objects that need to be completed or failed before the Flow is considered to be completed.
propertiesObjectContains the property bag with all the properties read and written by the Actions and the Tasks to pass information.
completed_tasksArrayContains the names of the Tasks that have been completed.
waiting_tasksArrayContains the names of the Tasks that are waiting for a result from a third party service
failed_tasksObjectContains a dictionary of all the Tasks that have failed, along with the error message that was captured.

File data is handled by the File Provider, and the file keys are exchanged as properties in the property bag.

The Task Object

A Task object has the following properties:

typeStringThe name of the Task Handler responsible for processing this Task.
depsArrayOptional. The names of the Tasks that this Task has a dependency on. This Task will not be processed until all of the dependencies have been completed. Should any of the dependencies fail, then this Task will automatically fail.
do_yieldBooleanOptionally, indicates that after this Task has been completed, the Agent should yield the Flow, allowing other Agents to proceed.
do_updateBooleanOptionally, indicates that after this Task has been completed, the Agent should update the Orchestrator on the intermediary state of the Flow before continuing with the next Task.

Other properties on the Task object will be the parameters, depending on the Task type.

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