Calling Java Code from OScript (1)

Sometimes it would be nice to use existing Java coding from a module instead of recoding this in OScript.

There is a facility in the content server which does exactly this bridging from OScript to Java, the so called JavaObject class. You’ll find the exact documentation in the “OScript API/Build-In Package Index”

In this first post of the series we’ll discuss the  basic calls from OScript.

First, you need some Java Code, compiled and in the form of a jar. Put this jar either in OTHOME/ojlib or (much better) in a ojlib directory in your module structure. After installing the module, the jar(s) are copied automatically to the OTHOME/ojlib. Then, the jvm classloader will find your jar(s).

From OScript it is possible to access static classes and instances.

Dynamic InvokeStaticMethod(String classname, String methodName, List parameters)

Dynamic GetStaticField( String classname, String fieldName)

Dynamic SetStaticField( String className, String  fieldName, Dynamic value)

The return values are either Error or Dynamic if the call is successful.

JavaObject New (String className, List parameters)
Dynamic GetField(String fieldname)

Dynamic SetField(String fieldname, Dynamic value)

Dynamic InvokeMethod(String methodName, List parameter)

The return values are either Error or Dynamic if the call is successful.

An example
function void javaTest()

   JavaObject myObject

   myObject ="my.own.package.class")
   Dynamic res = myObject.InvokeMethod("myMethod",{"aa","bb})

   if (isError(res))

     echo ("Init failed")



   Dynamic res1 = myObject.GetField("myResult")

   if (IsError(res)) 

     echo("Calculation failed")



   echo("The result is "+res1)


In the next post we’ll discuss how to get the JNI exceptions and the error stack from the jvm.


Checking for the membership in a Group (OScript)

From time to time you have to check, if your user is member of a defined group. The UAPI.RightsListByID returns a list of all groups, in which the specified user is a member (directly or indirectly through membership in another group).

You can use something like this snipped in your function.

object uSession = request.prgCtx.fUSession 

dynamic uGroups 

if isDefined(uSession) && !isError(uSession)

 uGroups = UAPI.RightsListByID(uSession.fSession, uSession.fUserId)

 if isError(uGroups) 

   dynamic check = error.ErrorToString(uGroups) 



The Dynamic check contains the RecArray of groups, in which the current user is a member.  This snipped is intended to be run from a request handler.


Making Configuration Values Cluster Safe

Normally, there is a file called “opentext.ini” in the config directory of your Content Server instance. This file contains a lot of configuration values.

A content server reads this file at boot time.

But, if you use a cluster of Content Servers, its a problem changing all “opentext.ini” files for a configuration value. And rebooting them will use a lot of down-time.

In a cluster, there is another option to store configuation values, the “KIni Table” in the database. This values are read immediately from the content server(s) and do not require a reboot.

From OScript, use the database storage like this

Retrieve a value (from the “MySoftware” Section)- Default Value 50, if this is not existing)

result = CAPI.IniGet(dbConnect.fLogin, ‘MySoftware’,‘StartJob’, 50)

Set a value ( sets StartJob value of MySoftware to 50)

result = CAPI.IniPut(dbConnect.fLogin, ‘NySoftware’,‘StartJob’, 50)

List all configuration values registered under MySoftware

result = CAPI.IniList(dbConnect.fLogin, ‘MySoftware’)

Delete a configuration value (deletes StartJob value from MySoftware)

result = CAPI.IniDelete(dbConnect.fLogin, ‘MySoftware’, ‘StartJob’)


The dbConnect.fLogin is the CAPICONNECT(the login object) to the database.

Upload a File to Content Server using REST and Javascript

This is an example how to upload a file using JavaScript and REST.

This example uploads the file c:\test.txt with the name of “MyFile123” under the folder with the node id 485336. This snipped relies on a previous login. The subtype of the file to be uploaded is “document” (144). The authorization token is saved under the variable name of “otcsticket”.

This example does not consider any categories (mantadory or not). We’ll discuss this in a later post.

6 Steps:

  1. Declare all variables needed. This is done by defining the array bodyData. At least there must be the subtpe, the parent_id, the name and the local file name.
  2. Fire an AJAX request to the URL, where your content server is, Use “api/v1/nodes” as REST command.
  3. Put the authorization ticket in the header field
  4. Put the bodyData in the data field
  5. Set the Mime Type to “application/x-www-form-urlencoded”
  6. If the request is done, process the “success” or the “failure” clauses

Put some nice HTML around it, add the authorization code and then you are done.

(At least for this example. Normally, you should provide some name check for the node name)

function upload() {
  var bodyData = {
        type: 144,
        parent_id: 485336,
        name: "Myfile123",
        file: "c:\\test.txt"
      formData = new FormData();
  formData.append( "body", JSON.stringify( bodyData ) );

  formData.append( "file", "c:\\test.txt" );
  return $.ajax( {
    type: "POST",
    url: "http://[yourserver/yourcs/cs.exe/api/v1/nodes",
    data: bodyData,
    headers: { otcsticket: otcsticket },
    beforeSend: function( xhr ) {    
    xhr.overrideMimeType( "application/x-www-form-urlencoded" )
  } ).then( function ( response ) {
  }, function ( jqxhr ) {
  } );


CSIDE Command Add Documentation Comments

There is an interesting command in the newer CSIDE versions.

Add Documentation Comments

This can be found in the menu “Source”

Here is the Documentation Commands Entry

This works like the similar commands in java IDEs or in Visual Studio.

Imagine, you have a source code like this

Source Code without documentation comments

and if you use this new command, you’ll see, your source code is amended with the documentation comments like this

Source Code with documentation comments

This basic documentation comments are only a framework and they should be extended to declare the purpose of the function, the variables and the return values.

Remove Unused Variables in CSIDE

A very interesting function is “Remove Unused Variables” in CSIDE:

Where fo find the command
Where fo find the command

This command will remove all unused variables from the functions in the edit window.

The command at work

At left, you see the declaration “integer s=1”, which is not used in the function. At right, you see, this declaration is deleted after the execution of the “Remove Unused Variables” command

Upload a file into the content server from OScript

If you want to upload a file into the content server from your module, you can use something like this

function Assoc UploadFile(Record r, Integer FolderID, String fieldName)
    Dynamic retNodeID = -1 
    DAPINODE docNode 
    // Get the ATTACHMENT_FOLDER node and set some options.
    // ParentID = 2000 (Enterprise) 
    Object prgSession = .PrgSession()
    Object session = prgSession.DSession()
    DAPINODE nodeFolder=    DAPI.GetNodeByID(session.fSession,DAPI.BY_DATAID,FolderID,False )
    // Make the node name from the file and eventID. It has to be unique, so
   // check it, and append a number if necessary.
    String fname=$WebDoc.WebDocUtils.GetFileUploadName(r,fieldName)
    Assoc retUniq
    String sTmp=fname
    Integer cnt=0
    while !(retUniq.OK)
    // Upload the document as a new node.
    Assoc result = $WebDoc.WebDocUtils.CreateFileUploadDocument(nodeFolder,r,fieldName,fname)

First, the folder ID is used to get the DAPINODE of the parent folder. The node name must be unique, so a check is necessary to ensure, that the intended nodename is not existing.

Then the file is uploaded.

Remark: This function does not consider mandatory categories, which must be added at upload time.

New CSIDE Function Format Source

The new CSIDE function allows a direct format of the OSCRIPT source code inside the IDE.

Imagine this short function in OSCRIPT. This is very unreadable.

By pressing CRTL+SHIFT+F inside the OSCRIPT window, the source code is reformatted automatically and the result looks much more readable:

Building a Content Server Request Handler for AJAX Client Requests

In the standard request handler usage scenarios, there is always a complete URL, which is send to the server. Then the server processes that and returns the result page to the client.

With a little change, these standard request handlers in a module can be modified to be used from clients asynchronously by the usage of AJAX.

Client Part

The easiest approach is to use AJAX with JQUERY (which is delivered by the content server). If the base page was built from another request handler, it can include weblingo constructs. These are OSCRIPT parts, delimited by `-Delimiters. Like JSP, the final renderer evaluates everything between two delimiters and replaces that with the result of the evaluation.

So a AJAX JQUERY command with intermixed OSCRIPT parts can look like that:

This is a simple AJAX call, calling the request handler on the server as usual. But there is a parameter called func, which contains the actual request handler address and one parameter nodeid, which is the data parameter.

Request Handler

Server Part

A sample request handler looks like this listing below. There is a prototype declared, this prototype must exist in the request.

Server Request Handler
Server Request Handler

The rest of the data is encapsulated in the JSON array. This array can be parsed into an assoc with the call to


and processed in the standard way.

Any responses should be handled in the standard way with an assoc.

String tst = $WebLL.JSONUtils.ToJSON(response)
  Web.Write(ctxOut, $WebLL.JSONUtils.GetJSONHeader(.fExtraHeaders))
  Web.Write(ctxOut, tst);
  .fHTMLFile = Undefined

This assoc is changed with a call to the ToJSON to a normal string.

Here, we do not have a output html file, so we have to use a Web.Write to write the output directly to the port. Do not forget to include the JSONHeaders.

The fHTMLFile stores normally the weblingo output file and has to be set to undefined in this case.


public object UpdateAjax inherits DELIVERER::RequestHandlerOrphans::LLRequestHandler

override Boolean fEnabled = TRUE
  override String fFuncPrefix = 'deliverer'
  override Dynamic fHTMLFile
  override List fPrototype = { { 'configdata', -1, 'The config data changed at the client', FALSE } }
  * This is the Request handler to handle the Ajax Update Request(s)
  * Based on the original Request handlers, this handler receives an AJAX Request from the NodeAction Browse Page
  * and sends the Response back to the Browse Page (PUBLICATOR.html)
  * @param {Dynamic} ctxIn
  * @param {Dynamic} ctxOut
  * @param {Record} request
  * @return {Dynamic} Undefined
  override function Dynamic Execute( \
  Dynamic ctxIn, \
  Dynamic ctxOut, \
  Record request )

Object prgCtx = .PrgSession()
  Assoc response = Assoc.CreateAssoc()
  Assoc cDat = $WebLL.JSONUtils.ParseJSON(request.configData)
  integer nodeid =
  DAPINode node = DAPI.GetNodeByID(prgCtx.DapiSess(),nodeid)
  Assoc.Delete(cDat,"id") // remove the NodeID
  string remark = cDat.remark
  // save configdata in pExtendedData
  // do not forget to include other assocs, if needed from the pExtendedData
  Assoc a = node.pExtendedData;
  //TODO Add Things
  node.pExtendedData = a

DAPI.UpdateNode(node) // store it

// Send response
  String tst = $WebLL.JSONUtils.ToJSON(response)
  Web.Write(ctxOut, $WebLL.JSONUtils.GetJSONHeader(.fExtraHeaders))
  Web.Write(ctxOut, tst);
  .fHTMLFile = Undefined

return Undefined


Authentication (3/3) Authenticate with Webservices and Java against Content Server

To authenticate with a JAVA client against a Content Server, you should first create all client proxys. This example can be used against a Servlet Container, like Tomcat. Here, it is assumed, that it runs on port 8080.

The creation of the proxys must be done manually by typing

wsimport -keep http://yourserver:8080/cws/services/Authentication?wsdl
 [add all services you want to use]

jar cvfM webservices.jar com/opentext/*

Add the webservices.jar file in the build path of your Java application.

Then, use something like this to authenticate

String username = "[yourUser]";
  String passsword = "[yourpassword]";
  Authentication_Service authsrv = new Authentication_Service();
  Authentication authclient = authsrv.getbasicHttpBindingAuthentication();
  // the Token
  String authToken=null;
  // authenticate
      authToken = authclient.authenticateUser(username,password);
  } catch (SOAPFaultException e)
      System.out.println("Failed! "+e.getFault().e.getFaultCode()+" : "+e.getMessage());

This will, if succesful, store the authenticaten token in the string authToken.

Use this token in this way:

DocumentManagement_Service docmanSrv = new DocumentManagement_Service();

DocumentManagement docman = docmanSrv.getbasicHttpDocumentManagement();

OTAuthentication otAuth = new OTAuthentication();


Now, we have to set the token manually in the SOAP header



    final String API_NAMESPACE = "";
     SOAPHeader header = MessageFactory.newInstance().createMessage().getSOAPPart().getEnvelope().getHeader();
     SOAPHeaderElement authElement = header.addHeaderElement (new QName(API_NAMESPACE,"OPAuthentication"));
     SOAPElement authTokenElement = authElement.addChildElement (new QName(API_NAMESPACE, "AuthenticationToken"));
     authTokenElement.addTextNode (otAuth.getAuthenticationToken());
     ((WSBindingProvider) docMan).setOutboundHeaders (Headers.create(otAuthElement));
  } catch (SOAPExeption e)


[Print Error and return]


// now, we are ready to perform some functionality

Node node = docman.getNode(nodeId);
  1. Login and get the auth token
  2. set the auth token in the SOAP header
  3. tell your services about the auth token in the SOAP header
  4. perform operations on the server

Do not forget to refresh the token before it gets invalid. We discuss the refesh in a later posting.