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A mechanism for adding application specific information when asynchronously tracking the state of a running JE HA application.

NodeState provides information about the current state of a member of the replication group. The application can obtain NodeState via,int) or A NodeState contains mostly JE-centric information, such as whether the node is a master or replica. However, it may be important to add in some application specific information to enable the best use of the status.

For example, an application may want to direct operations to specific nodes based on whether the node is available. The fields in NodeState will tell the application whether the node is up and available in a JE HA sense, but the application may also need information about an application level resource, which would affect the load balancing decision. The AppStateMonitor is a way for the application to inject this kind of application specific information into the replicated node status.

The AppStateMonitor is registered with the replicated environment using ReplicatedEnvironment.registerAppStateMonitor( There is at most one AppStateMonitor associated with the actual environment (not an handle) at any given time. JE HA calls getAppState() when it is assembling status information for a given node.

After registration, the application can obtain this application specific information along with other JE HA status information when it obtains a NodeState, through NodeState.getAppState().

getAppState() returns a byte array whose length should be larger than 0. An IllegalStateException will be thrown if the returned byte array is 0 size. Users are responsible for serializing and deserializing the desired information into this byte array.

public interface AppStateMonitor {

Return a byte array which holds information about the application's state. The application is responsible for serialize and deserialize this information.

Note the returned byte array's length should be larger than 0.

the application state
    public byte[] getAppState();
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