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Command Transformation Scripts

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Command Transformation Scripts

A Command Transformation script can be used to change command properties at runtime. It's only safe to modify agent commands in Command Transformation scripts and Agent Initialization scripts. It's not safe to modify sub-commands in a Command Transformation script. You should only modify the current command.

 

commandTransformation

Command Transformation is available from the command Properties tab.

 

The following example sets the selection XPath of the current command:

 

using System;

using Sequentum.ContentGrabber.Api;

using Sequentum.ContentGrabber.Commands;

public class Script

{        

 public static bool TransformCommand(CommandTransfomationScriptArguments args)

 {                

         ISelection selection = args.Command as ISelection;

         selection.Selection.SelectionPaths[0].Xpath = "//div[@id='body']/section[1]/p[1]";

         return true;

 }

}

 

The script must have a static method with the following signature.

 

public static bool TransformCommand(CommandTransfomationScriptArguments args)

 

The function must return true for success and false for failure.

 

An instance of the CommandTransfomationScriptArguments class is provided by Content Grabber and has the following functions and properties:

Property or Function

Description

Agent Agent

The current agent.

ScriptUtils ScriptUtilities

A script utility class with helper methods. See Script Utilities for more information.

Command Command

The current agent command being executed. You can change the properties of this command, but not on any sub-commands.

IContainer ParentContainer

The parent container command of the current command.

IConnection DatabaseConnection

The current internal database connection used by the agent. This connection is already open and should not be closed by your script.

IHtmlNode HtmlNode

The extracted HTML node.

IInternalDataRow DataRow

The current internal data row containing the data that has been extracted so far in the current container command.

bool IsDebug

True if the agent is running in debug mode.

bool IsSchemaOnly

If true, only the data schema is required, so you can optimize processing by only returning the data schema with no data.

IInputData InputDataCache

All input data available to the current command.

void WriteDebug(string debugMessage, DebugMessageType messageType = DebugMessageType.Information)

Writes log information to the agent log. This method has no effect if agent logging is disabled, or if called during design time.

void WriteDebug(string debugMessage, bool showMessageInDesignMode, DebugMessageType messageType = DebugMessageType.Information)

Writes log information to the agent log. This method has no effect if agent logging is disabled, or if called during design time.

void Notify(bool alwaysNotify)

Triggers notification at the end of an agent run. If alwaysNotify is set to false, this method only triggers a notification if the agent has been configured to send notifications on critical errors.

void Notify(string message, bool alwaysNotify)

Triggers notification at the end of an agent run, and adds the message to the notification email. If alwaysNotify is set to false, this method only triggers a notification if the agent has been configured to send notifications on critical errors.

GlobalDataDictionary GlobalData

Global data dictionary that can be used to store data that needs to be available in all scripts and after agent restarts.

 

Input Parameters are also stored in this dictionary.

IConnection GetDatabaseConnection(string connectionName)

Returns the specified database connection. The database connection must have been previously defined for the agent or be a shared connection for all agents on the computer. Your script is responsible for opening and closing the connection by calling the OpenDatabase and CloseDatabase methods.

IInputDataRow GetInputData()

If the current command is a data provider, the data for that command is returned. Otherwise this function searches the command's parents and returns the first found input data.

IInputDataRow GetInputData(Command command)

If the specified command is a data provider, the data for that command is returned. Otherwise this function searches the command's parents and returns the first found input data.

IInputDataRow GetInputData(string commandName)

If the specified command is a data provider, the data for that command is returned. Otherwise this function searches the command's parents and returns the first found input data.

IInputDataRow GetInputData(Guid commandId)

If the specified command is a data provider, the data for that command is returned. Otherwise the function throws an error.