Execution Model

Origin common/engineering/engineering.yml 6:5
Uri engineering://nasdanika/modules/core/modules/common/features/execution-model

This page explains the Nasdanika execution model, which is used by a number of Nasdanika products and modules, e.g. Exec.

The execution process consists of the following steps:

  • Create a participant factory (org.nasdanika.common.ExecutionParticipantFactory). Factories can be composed as explained in the subsequent sections.
  • Create an instance of org.nasdanika.common.Context.
  • Pass the context to the factory create() method to create a participant.
  • Create an instance of org.nasdanika.common.ProgressMonitor.
  • Walk the participant through the lifecycle methods. All lifecycle methods except execute() have the same signature for all paricipant types.
    • diagnose() - performs diagnostic of the participant configuration and returns org.nasdanika.common.Diagnostic. If the diagnostic status is ERROR further execution is aborted. Diagnose may prepare the participant for further execution by initializing internal structures, e.g. resolving URL’s. However, this method shall not perform any modifications in resources which might have to be rolled back, e.g. it shall not create or delete files or database records. The default implementation returns status SUCCESS.
    • execute() - Executes participant’s logic. May modify resources, e.g. write to files, create database records. Different participant types have different signatures of this method. There is no default implementation for this method.
    • commit() - Commits changes performed by execute() if all execution participants were executed successfully, i.e. without throwing an exception. The default implementation does nothing.
    • rollback() - Rolls back changes performed by execute() if some other participant executed after this one has thrown an exception. Returns boolean value indicating whether rollback was successful or not. The default implementation does nothing and returns true.
    • close() - Releases any resources used during execution. E.g. closes database connections, shuts down executor pulls. Overrides close() in java.lang.AutoCloseable so participants can be used in try-with-resources. The default implementation does nothing.

Execution participant types


Execution participants can be composed using subclasses of org.nasdanika.common.CompoundExecutionParticipant. Result producing participants - suppliers and functions - can be composed as lists or maps. Consumers can be composed as list and maps. Commands are always composed as lists.


Result producing participants (supplier and function) and their factories have then method which takes value-consuming participant (function or consumer) and returns a participant (or a factory for such a participant) which executes the first participant, takes the returned value and passes it to the second participant.

The participants can be chained as follows:

  • Supplier<T>.then(Function<? super T,R>) -> Supplier<R>
  • Supplier<T>.then(Consumer<? super T>) -> Command
  • Function<T,R>.then(Function<? super R,V>) -> Function<T,V>
  • Function<T,R>.then(Consumer<? super R>) -> Consumer<T>


Suppler and Consumer have asFunction methods and their factories have asFunctionFactory methods to allow chaining of supplier and consumer execution.

For suppliers asFunction method returns org.nasdanika.common.BiSupplier with the function argument available via getFirst() method and the supplier result via getSecond(). For consumers asFunction creates a pass-through function which executes the consumer and then returns its argument.


Contextification is a form of chaining of execution participant factories where the first factory is a SupplierFactory<Context>. Context returned by the first factory’s supplier is passed to the execution participant created by the second factory. Contextification is done using contextify() method of execution participant factories.

Bridging to java.util.function

Execution participants have static fromXXX methods for constructing from objects implementing java.util.function interfaces, e.g. java.util.function.Function.

Utility methods

org.nasdanika.common.Util class contains methods for walking execution participants through their lifecycle (call methods) as well as helper execution participant factories.

Client code

Client code shall walk the top-level execution participant through the lifecycle methods. Composition and chaining classes methods take care of invoking lifecycle methods of their constituents.

The below code snippet shows how to call Supplier:

Context context = ...;		
SupplierFactory<InputStream> supplierFactory = ...;
ProgressMonitor monitor = ...;

try (Supplier<InputStream> supplier = supplierFactory.create(context); ProgressMonitor progressMonitor = monitor.split("Calling " + supplier.name(), 3 * supplier.size())) {
	Diagnostic diagnostic = supplier.splitAndDiagnose(progressMonitor);
	if (diagnostic.getStatus() == Status.ERROR) {
		// Handle diagnostic error - dump to console or log, throw an exception or return error code or status.
		diagnostic.dump(System.err, 4);
		// Calling JUnit.fail() here
		fail("Supplier diagnostic failed: " + diagnostic.getMessage());
	try {
		InputStream result = supplier.splitAndExecute(progressMonitor);
		// process result here
	} catch (Exception e) {
		// Rollback and handle exception. 
		// In some cases diagnostic exception may be thrown during execution.
		if (e instanceof DiagnosticException) {
			((DiagnosticException) e).getDiagnostic().dump(System.err, 4);
		if (supplier.splitAndRollback(progressMonitor)) {
			fail("Exception " + e + ", rollback successful");
		} else {
			// Automated cleanup failed - perhaps notify somebody/something to performs manual/external cleanup
			fail("Exception " + e + ", rollback failed");