OS.bee Customer Display

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Customer Display

The Statemachine DSL (Finite State-Machine) covers the synchronization of external (slave) browsers to a main (master) browser connected to an OS.bee server. The requirement was mainly inspired by the need of a customer display for the OS.bee application OS.pos. In this context it was required to display data for the customer on a secondary display.

Multiple displays can be connected to a master just by using a pattern on the address line of the slave-browser:

http://server_host-name/osbpdisplay/#host-name_of_the_master?display=DialogNameDisplay (as defined in Dialog DSL)&locale=language tag of locale

► example: http://dv999.compex.de:8081/osbpdisplay/#dv999.compex.de?display=CashSlipDisplay&locale=de-DE

DisplayName must be followed by the postfix Display as the class is generated like this to be seprarate from other dialogs. Language tags specify a language locale with its country component, like "de-DE", "de-AT", "en-US", "en-EN". The country component is necessary to decide the currency symbol and other country specific formats.

Important prerequisite

In order to use external displays you must add the bundle org.eclipse.osbp.display to your product's launch configuration and set auto-start to true.

Display autostart.png

Technical changes in DSL model

changes in dto

  • New dto "CustomerDisplayDto":
    dto CustomerDisplayDto {
    	var double totalAmount
    	var boolean left
    	var String message
    	var boolean right
    	var BlobMapping image
    	ref CashSlipDto slip
    • totalAmount : total amount of all cash position.
    • left & right : boolean value, define if this part will be shown on display.
    • image : any image which will be shown on th display
    • slip : reference the cash slip dto.

changes in UI

  • New UI:
    display Customer {
    	rootType CustomerDisplayDto
    	datasource main:CustomerDisplayDto
    	datasource img:BlobConverter
    	horizontalLayout {
    		verticalLayout left {
    			textfield(i18n noCaption readonly) message
    			table(i18n noCaption) slip {
    				type CashPositionDto
    				columns {
    					column quantity
    					column product.sku
    					column product.product_name
    					column price
    					column amount
    				sort {
    					column now asc
    			align fill-left
    			form(styles "os-cash-total") {
    				decimalField(precision= 2 readonly) totalAmount
    			bind [this.message].value <-- img.input
    			bind [this.slip].collection <-- main.slip.positions
    			bind [this.totalAmount].value <-- main.totalAmount
    		verticalLayout right {
    			image info
    			bind img.input <-- main.^image
    			bind [this.info].resource <-- img.output
    		bind [this.left].visible <-- main.left
    		bind [this.right].visible <-- main.right
    • In this display "customer", we define in the 2 parts(left part & right part), if they will be shown and what will be shown in UI.

changes in Functionlibrary

  • New lines in operation "initImages" & operation "conputeTotal" :
    operation initImages(IStateMachine stateMachine, Object [] params) {
    	. . .
    stateMachine.set("CustomerDisplayImage", cashregister.store.company.companyImage)
    . . .
    • In operation "initImages", the image of customerDisplay could be set.
    operation computeTotal(IStateMachine stateMachine) {
    	. . .
    	stateMachine.set("CustomerDisplayTotalAmount", amount);
    	. . .
    • In operation "computeTotal", the total amount of CustomerDisplay could be calculated and set.

changes in Statemachine

Some new keywords are introduced for this new functionality:

  •  display <DisplayName> using <DTOName>
  •  dto <DTOAlias>  type <DTOName> attach <DisplayName>
  •  displayText text "some text" @<DisplayName> to <DTOAttribute>

The references of a DTO that is attached to a display are always synchronized across all connected displays. Single fields must be synchronized by displayText.

► e.g.:
  • display CustomerDisplay using CustomerDisplayDto
  • dto cashslip type CashSlipDto attach CustomerDisplay
  • displayText text "locked" @CustomerDisplay to message
► The referenced DTO must be the rootType of the Display definition in the ui model.

Now I will show the changes in statmachine:

  1. New events "dataProvider DataControl":
    dataProvider DataControl { 
    	. . .
    dto cashslip type CashSlipDto attach CustomerDisplay
    	dto customerDisplay type CustomerDisplayDto
    	. . . 
  2. New events "peripheral PeripheralControl":
    peripheral PeripheralControl {
    	. . .
    	display CustomerDisplay using CustomerDisplay 
    	. . .
  3. Setting for customerDisplay, in state "IDLE":
    trigger onStartUp
    actions transition LOCKED{
    	. . .
    displayText false @CustomerDisplay to ^left
    displayText true @CustomerDisplay to ^right
    . . .
  4. Setting for customerDisplay, in state "LOCKED":
    trigger onOk
    actions transition ATTENTIVE{
    	. . .
    displayText true @CustomerDisplay to ^left
    displayText false @CustomerDisplay to ^right
     . . .

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