Zenaton Functions

The following functions are included in the Zenaton SDK. They can be combined within your programming language to manipulate data, and create an infinite amount of possibilities to build distributed workflows at scale.

Defining a distributed workflow

With Zenaton, building and running a distributed workflow is as simple as writing a few lines of code describing it. Behind the scenes, Zenaton manages state, checkpoints, automatic retry (in case of failure), and provides you all the tooling and infrastructure to monitor and debug your distributed executions.

module.exports.handle = function* (...input) {
  // describe your workflow steps here
  // using the functions below

Dispatching a task, and waiting for the output

Use this syntax if you need the output of a task before continuing your workflow. Keep in mind, that the task will be distributed to one of your workers to be processed. The inputs and the output will be serialized and deserialized to be used here.

const output = yield this.run.task("TaskB", ...input);

Dispatching a task, without waiting for the output

Use this syntax if you do NOT need the output of a task before continuing your workflow. The task will be distributed to one of your workers to be processed, while the workflow continues execute.

this.run.task("TaskB", ...input);

Waiting for the outputs of multiple tasks

Use this syntax if you need the all the outputs of multiple tasks before continuing the workflow. The tasks will be distributed to your workers to be processed in parallel. The workflow will resume only when ALL tasks have been successfully completed.

[outputA, outputB] = yield this.run.task(
  ["TaskA", ...inputA],
  ["TaskB", ...inputB]

Waiting for a duration or a date

Use the wait function to suspend the execution of the workflow until a date or for specific duration. The wait is managed by Zenaton and there is no activity on your workers while waiting. Once the waiting time elapsed, your servers will be notified to resume the workflow.

yield this.wait.for(duration);
yield this.wait.until(timestamp);

Waiting for an external event

Use this syntax to suspend the execution of the workflow until it receives a specific event. This can be useful in multiple situations, such as waiting for human validation, order cancelation, delivery updates, etc. If needed, you can also add a timeout to decide what to do if this event has not been received before a certain time. The Zenaton Library provides an easy way (see below) to send an event to a workflow - from anywhere.

yield this.wait.event(event).forever();
yield this.wait.event(event).for(5 * 24 * 3600);

Reacting to external events

This syntax allows you to react to an external event by describing what should happen each time you receive an event. Note that that as both handle and onEvent functions are sharing a common state, receiving events can influence main handle execution.

module.exports = { 
  *handle (...input) {
    // describe your workflow steps here
    // using the functions described here
  *onEvent(name, ...data) {
    // describe what to do
    // when receiving an external event

HTTP calls as tasks

Use the "http" connector to request a server as if it were a task within your workflow. For example, this can be very useful to set up a workflow orchestrating microservices or external APIs.

const http = this.connector("http");

const output = yield http.get("https://google.com");

Easily use 3rd Party APIs

Use the connector function when you want to call an API using a Zenaton API Connector. You first setup your credentials in your dashboard. Continue to reuse the connection to call this API without having to manage the authentication anymore.

const gmail = this.connector("gmail", "CONNECTOR_ID");
yield gmail.get("users/me/messages");

How To Interact With Workflows

The following functions are included in the Zenaton SDK. Most of the time they are used in the code base of your application to dispatch workflows or interact with them.

Set Up a Client

By initializing a Zenaton client, you ensure that you have all the authorization needed to run within a specific domain defined by an Application Id and an Application Environment. An environment - defined by any string (eg. "dev", "staging", "production") - isolates your workflows.

const { Client } = require ("zenaton");
const client = new Client(appId, apiToken, AppEnv);

Dispatching workflows

Use this syntax to launch a workflow on your workers.

client.run.workflow(name, ...input);

Dispatching tasks

Use this syntax to process an individual task on one of your workers.

client.run.task(name, ...input);

Sending Event to a workflow

The send syntax is used to send an event to a running workflow.
First we select a specific workflow, by name and by tag, then we provide the event. An event is simply defined by a name and some data.

client.select.workflow(name).withTag(tag).send(eventName, ...eventData);

Scheduling tasks or workflows

Use the schedule function to set up recurrent execution of tasks and workflows using cron expressions.

client.schedule('* * * * * *').workflow(name, ...input);
client.schedule('* * * * * *').task(name, ...input);

Pause, resume or terminate workflows

Use these functions to pause and resume or even terminate a workflow. For example, for circumstances when a workflow is no longer relevant - such as a user cancellation.


Using code versatility

Building workflows in code lets you use the native versatility of yourpreferred programming language. Use and combine controlstructure (if, else, for each, while, ...) as well as whatever data structureand functions (map, filter, array...).

// SequentialWorkflow
module.exports.handle = function*() {
  // Run the TaskA
  const a = yield this.run.task("TaskA");

  // then, depending on the result of TaskA, run TaskB or TaskC
  if (a === 0) {
    yield this.run.task("TaskB");
  } else {
    yield this.run.task("TaskC");

  // Finally, run the TaskD
  yield this.run.task("TaskD");
module.exports.handle = function*() {
  // Run both TaskA and TaskB in parallel and wait for both of them to be completed.
  const [a, b] = yield this.run.task(["TaskA", "foo"], ["TaskB", "bar"]);

  if (a > b) {
    yield this.run.task("TaskC");
  } else {
    yield this.run.task("TaskD");
// AsynchronousWorkflow
module.exports.handle = function*() {
  // Start TaskA and TaskB without waiting them to complete

  yield this.run.task("TaskC");
  yield this.run.task("TaskD");
// EventWorkflow
module.exports = {
  *handle() {
    this.state = true;

    yield this.run.task("TaskA");

    if (this.state) {
      yield this.run.task("TaskB");
    } else {
      yield this.run.task("TaskC");
  *onEvent(eventName, eventData) {
    if (eventName === "MyEvent") {
      this.state = false;
// WaitWorkflow
module.exports.handle = function*() {
  yield this.run.task("TaskA");

  // wait for 5 seconds
  yield this.wait.for(5);

  yield this.run.task("TaskB");
// WaitEventWorkflow
module.exports.handle = function*() {
  // Wait until the event at most 4 seconds
  const event = yield this.wait.event("MyEvent").for(4);

  if (event) {
    // If event has been triggered within 4 seconds
    yield this.run.task("TaskA");
  } else {
    // else
    yield this.run.task("TaskB");

How it works

Install our Agent on your servers, download the Zenaton libraries and start processing jobs.

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Install our open source libraries in your code. They provide an easy syntax to define, dispatch and orchestrate background jobs on your workers.

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Install our Agent and use your server as a worker to process jobs concurrently. You can also designate specific jobs on dedicated servers depending such as micro-services or cpu intensive jobs.

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Hosted Queues

Zenaton automatically deploys clustered queues infrastructure according to your usage. Leave server management to queuing system specialists.

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Zenaton Engine

Manage the state of your workflows and orchestrate logic

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Monitoring and Error Management

Our control panels provide real-time and historic logs of your asynchronous processing, so that you understand what is actually happening on your system. Errors trigger alarms, and you can retry faulty jobs manually or automatically.


Simplified Infrastructure Sophisticated Logic

The Business logic is written into your code and executed through Zenaton workflow engine that manages the queuing, storing of database states and then executes tasks on your servers.

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Launch jobs on a recurring schedule or on a specific date using the schedule function with cron expressions.