AS2 Protocol for Business Data Interchange via HTTP – Part 1 – Overview

The Applicability Statement 2 or AS2 specification defines a mechanism for the secure and reliable transfer of structured business data over the Internet.

AS2 Message Payloads

The AS2 protocol itself does not dictate any limits on the payload of an AS2 message. However. typical AS2 payloads are structured business documents such as Invoices, Purchase Orders etc. and thus AS2 systems facilitate the Electronic Data Interchange or EDI. Some of the major sets of EDI standards are:

  • The UN-recommended UN/EDIFACT is the only international standard and is predominant outside of North America.
  • The US standard ANSI ASC X12 (X12) is predominant in North America.
  • The TRADACOMS standard developed by the ANA (Article Numbering Association now known as GS1) is predominant in the UK retail industry.
  • The ODETTE standard used within the European automotive industry

AS2 messages can carry non-EDI payloads such as XML, CSV, Fixed Width, Text, or payloads of other standards or proprietary formats, including any binary files.

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Processing Elements for Enterprise Integration Needs

In February, AdroitLogic released UltraESB-X, a completely redesigned ESB which is developed by the very same team who developed the UltraESB six years ago. UltraESB-X is developed inline with UltraStudio, a user friendly graphical tool to easily create, manage and test integration flows. In the user’s point of view, UltraESB-X mainly has two new concepts namely connectors and processing elements.

What is a Processing Element?

A processing element is an element which performs a specific processing requirement or business logic on the message. It can be one among a wide range of operations such as filtering using conditional branching, transformation, flow control, scope handling such as a transactional scope and many more. Usually processing elements in the UltraStudio editor are represented by an icon with a  bluish background except for  a few exceptions. One of those exceptions is the scope processing element family which uses a purple background and another set of special flow control processing elements which uses a reddish background.

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The structure of a processing element is as shown in the above image. There is an In Port (grey colour) which takes a message in, then depending on the type of processing there can be zero or more Out Ports (light yellow) which gives a processed message out and finally there is the On Exception Port (red) which is used to forward the message in case an exception occurs during the processing logic of the element. UltraESB-X ships with dozens of built-in processing elements which covers a wide range of integration processing requirements and more processing elements are continuously added with each release cycle. Current list of processing elements can be browsed through the developer portal of AdroitLogic here. Apart from the inbuilt processing elements, UltraStudio allows user to write their own custom processing elements as explained in the documentation.

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Recovering Accidentally Formatted ext4 Partition / Fixing Superblock

Today, I made the silly mistake of accidentally formatting one of the ext4 partitions in my Ubuntu 16.04 machine to NTFS instead of formatting the pen drive, which I was hoping to format. So if you are reading this most probably you have done something similar or perhaps someone you know has gone down that path and you maybe trying to help him/her.

Fortunately I was able to recover my partition completely and in this post I’ll go through the few things that helped me recover my partition. There is still hope my friend. 🙂

First I must thank Shane for this askubuntu answer, the author of this blog post for giving pointers and my friend Janaka for helping me out. Have a look at those two posts as they are very helpful.

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UltraESB-X Monitoring with Kibana

We at AdroitLogic recently released UltraESB-X developed on top of the flexible, extensible and lightweight Project-X platform. UltraESB-X comes with a GUI developer tool, UltraStudio, to develop, test and package your integration flows easily. Along with this we released Integration Platform Server (IPS), our PaaS solution to manage the deployment, maintenance and scaling of UltraESB-X clusters. When it comes to these enterprise integration products, one thing you can’t keep away is the requirement for statistics and monitoring. AdroitLogic Integration Platform comes with inbuilt monitoring and statistics support and we are in the process of developing our enterprise level monitoring solution IMonitor for UltraESB-X. Since UltraESB-X publishes metrics to the famous, distributed RESTful search and analytics engine Elasticsearch, we can use the open source visualization tool Kibana for monitoring as well. So today we will go through the steps to setup UltraESB-X monitoring with Kibana.

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Magic Square – IEEXtreme 8.0

Problem

Johnny designed a magic square (square of numbers with the same sum for all rows, columns and diagonals i.e. both the main diagonal – meaning the diagonal that leads from the top-left corner towards bottom-right corner – and the antidiagonal – meaning the diagonal that leads from top-right corner towards bottom-left corner). Write a program to test it.

Task
Write a program that will check if the given square is magic (i.e. has the same sum for all rows, columns and diagonals).

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Sum It Up – IEEXtreme 8.0

Problem

Minka is very smart kid who recently started learning computer programming.
His coach gave him a cyclic array A having N numbers, and he has to perform Q operations on this array.
In each operation the coach would provide him with a number X. After each operation, every element of the cyclic array would be replaced by the sum of itself and the element lying X positions behind it in the cyclic array. All these replacements take place simultaneously.
For example, if the cyclic array was [a, b, c, d], then after the operation with X = 1, the new array would be [a+d, b+a, c+b, d+c].
He needs to output the sum of the elements of the final array modulus 10^9+7.
He made a program for it but it’s not very efficient. You know he is a beginner, so he wants you to make an efficient program for this task because he doesn’t want to disappoint his coach.

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