BuildMaster Documentation

Programmatically Invoking OtterScript

  • Last Modified: 2019-06-05

BuildMaster 5.1.6 introduced the ability to programmatically invoke OtterScript. This can be particularly useful in cases such as:

  • Maintaining your OtterScript build and deployment plans alongside your application code (in source control)
  • Simplifying your complicated plans by building and invoking OtterScript at runtime
  • Invoking plans and modules from other applications

These are accomplished through three operations:

  • Invoke-Plan, which executes a deployment plan stored within BuildMaster, in the current application, another application, or the global context
  • Invoke-Module, which calls a module stored within BuildMaster
  • Invoke-OtterScript, which invokes an arbitrary string of OtterScript

Invoking plans and modules

The Name argument (Plan_Name or Module_Name) references a plan or module that is stored in BuildMaster.

  • Global plans/modules are are indicated by the global:: prefix
  • Plans/modules from other applications use the applicationName:: prefix
  • No prefix indicates the current application

Some examples include:

  • SampleApplication1::DeployApp1 references the DeployApp1 plan/module within the SampleApplication1 application
  • global::DeploySampleComponent references the DeploySampleComponent global plan/module
  • MyPlan1 references the MyPlan1 in the current application

Invoked OtterScript & Variables

When you execute OtterScript through invocation, the parent call stack will not inherited. Ultimately, this doesn't have too much of an impact:

  • logging will still occur at the same scope, and you won't be able to tell that it's a sandboxed invocation
  • execution temporary directories will be the same
  • the application, release, et.c contexts will be identical

The most important consideration of is that runtime variables you've defined before executing an Invoke operation will not be visible to the invoked script, and variables that you set within the invoked script will not be available. Here's a simple example to illustrate the behavior:

set $MyName = David;

# this will throw an error, because $MyName is not defined in the invoked script
  Invoke-OtterScript "Log-Information Hello, `$MyName;";

# This will output "Hello, Steve"
Invoke-OtterScript >>
  set $MyName = Steve;
  Log-Information Hello, `$MyName;

# This will output "Hello, David"
Log-Information Hello, $MyName;

You can, however, use the AdditionalVariables or Arguments to pass in variables to an invoked script, and the CaptureOutputVariables and CaptureOutputArguments to set the value of variables from that invoked script. Here's another example:

# This will output "Hello, Steve"
  Text: >> 
    set $MyName = Steve;
    Log-Information Hello, `$MyName; 
  CaptureOutputArguments: @(MyName)

# This will output "Hello, Steve"
Log-Information Hello, $MyName;

Programmatically invoking single operations

You can also use Invoke-Operation to execute a single operation:

Invoke-Operation [Operation_Name]
   [Name: <Operation_Name>],
   [Arguments: <%(key1: value1, ...)>],
   [CaptureOutputArguments]: @(var1,var2)]

This operation uses a different mechanism than invoking OtterScript, and doesn't run in a sandboxed environment. It's often useful if you only need to invoke a single operation, instead of an entire plan or module.

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