Days #11 with Cloud Workflows: sleeping in a workflow

Workflows are not necessarily instantaneous, and executions can span over a long period of time. Some steps may potentially launch asynchronous operations, which might take seconds or minutes to finish, but you are not notified when the process is over. So when you want for something to finish, for example before polling again to check the status of the async operation, you can introduce a sleep operation in your workflows.

To introduce a sleep operation, add a step in the workflow with a call to the built-in sleep operation:

- someSleep:
    call: sys.sleep
        seconds: 10
- returnOutput:
    return: We waited for 10 seconds!

A sleep operation takes a seconds argument, where you can specify the number of seconds to wait.

By combining conditional jumps and sleep operations, you can easily implement polling some resource or API at a regular interval, to double check that it completed.


© 2012 Guillaume Laforge | The views and opinions expressed here are mine and don't reflect the ones from my employer.