When a synchronization request occurs and the MobiLink server decides that a new connection must be created, the begin_connection event is fired and synchronization starts.
Following the synchronization, the connection is placed in a connection pool, and MobiLink again waits for a synchronization request. Before a connection is eventually dropped from the connection pool, the end_connection event is fired. But if another synchronization request for the same version is received, then MobiLink handles the next synchronization request on the same connection. There are a number of events that affect the current synchronization.
Within each synchronization, the following transactions may occur. Each transaction is optional.
You can specify multiple upload transactions with the dbmlsync -tu option.
prepare for download
In addition, you can have two connection transactions. A begin connection transaction occurs right after a connection is made, and an end connection transaction occurs when the connection is closed.
The primary phases of a synchronization are the upload and download transactions. The events contained in the upload and download transactions are outlined below.
The upload transaction applies changes uploaded from a remote database.
The begin_upload event marks the beginning of the upload transaction. The upload transaction is a two-part process. First, inserts and updates are uploaded for all remote tables, and second, deletes are uploaded for all remote tables.
The end_upload event marks the end of the upload transaction.
See Writing scripts to upload rows.
The download transaction fetches rows from the consolidated database. It begins with the begin_download event.
The download transaction is a two-part process. For each table, first deletes are downloaded, and then update/insert rows (upserts) are downloaded. The end_download event ends the download transaction.
See Writing scripts to download rows.
The following pseudocode provides an overview of the sequence in which events, and hence the scripts of the same names, are invoked. This representation of the MobiLink event model assumes a full synchronization (not upload-only or download-only) with no errors.
In most cases, if you have not defined a script for a given event, the default action is to do nothing.
The begin_connection and end_connection events are connection-level events. They are independent of any single synchronization and have no parameters.
Some events are invoked once per synchronization for each table being synchronized. Scripts associated with these events are called table-level scripts.
While each table can have its own table scripts, you can also write table-level scripts that are shared by several tables.
Some events, such as begin_synchronization, occur at both the connection level and the table level. You can supply both connection and table scripts for these events.
The COMMIT statements illustrate how the synchronization process is broken up into distinct transactions.
A database error can occur at any point within the synchronization process. Database errors are handled using the handle_error or handle_odbc_error scripts.
There should be no implicit or explicit commit or rollback in your synchronization scripts or the procedures or triggers that are called from your synchronization scripts. COMMIT or ROLLBACK statements within scripts alter the transactional nature of the synchronization steps. If you use them, you cannot guarantee the integrity of your data in the event of a failure.
MobiLink complete event model
Events during upload
Events during download