One of the unique features of the IVAAP backend SDK is that you can develop your own data connectors and services with the IDE you are already familiar with. The data backbone of IVAAP is meant to be deployed in a cluster made of multiple nodes for scalability and reliability. However, despite the distributed nature of such a deployment, our SDK requires no particular plugin to compile or execute your code. The tools needed to develop a plugin for IVAAP’s backend are identical to the tools you would need to develop classic Java Servlets: a Java SDK (Oracle, OpenJDK), an IDE (Eclipse, NetBeans) and an application server (Tomcat, Glassfish).
The purpose of IVAAP’s backend is to access data from many data sources and present this data in a unified manner to the IVAAP HTML5 client. Performance is key, and some data stores are faster to access than others. In a web service configuration, a smart caching strategy is required so that the same web/HTTP calls are not made to the same data store twice while a service request is being fulfilled, regardless of its complexity. This is where the concept of scope comes in.
As a new member of the software development team, I had no prior experience with development on IVAAP, INT’s HTML5 visualization framework for upstream E&P solutions. My first task was to add a data connector, so to gain knowledge of IVAAP and to understand more about the IVAAP software development kit, I used the IVAAP developer’s guide. I found this guide quite useful as it made the key points behind IVAAP easily understandable. Coding with IVAAP is actually easy, and I was surprised by several features of the platform and SDK that make it quite simple to learn.