Retrieve array from Ruby package to JavaScript

This article shows how to retrieve array from called technology.

Javonet allows you to reference and use modules or packages written in (Java/Kotlin/Groovy/Clojure, C#/VB.NET, Ruby, Perl, Python, JavaScript/TypeScript) like they were created in your technology. If have not yet created your first project check Javonet overview and quick start guides for your technology.

Custom Ruby package with array handling

With Javonet it is possible to reference any custom Ruby package and interact with arrays declared on types defined within that module almost the same as with any other JavaScript library.

Snippet below represents the sample code from Ruby package that has methods which return or process the arrays:

def get_1d_array
  return ["one", "two", "three", "four", "five"]

 def get_2d_array
   return [["S00", "S01"],["S10", "S11"]]

def add_array_elements_and_multiply(my_array, my_value)
  return my_array.sum * my_value

Retrieving array to JavaScript

With Javonet SDK it is possible to retrieve array from called technology and cast it to JavaScript array.

// use Activate only once in your app

// create called runtime context
let calledRuntime = Javonet.inMemory().ruby()

// set up variables
const libraryPath = resourcesDirectory + '/TestClass.rb'
const className = 'TestClass::TestClass'

// load custom library

// get type from the runtime
let calledRuntimeType = calledRuntime.getType(className).execute()

// create type's instance
let instance = calledRuntimeType.createInstance().execute()

// invoke instance's method
let arrayReference = instance.invokeInstanceMethod("get_1d_array").execute()

// get value from response
let result = arrayReference.retrieveArray()

// write result to console

In the snippet above, get1DArray method is used to get reference to 1D array from Ruby package. Method retrieveArray is used to get the whole array from called technology and save it to local variable.

The same operation can be performed remotely by just changing the new Runtime Context invocation from in memory to tcp that will create and interact with your Ruby package objects on any remote node, container or service that hosts Javonet Code Gateway. This way you can preserve the same logic in your application and instantly switch between monolithic and microservices architecture without the need to implement the integration layer based on web services or other remote invocation methods.

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