JEF Getting Started

This is a beginner’s guide to the Job Execution Framework.

We have provided the flex-jefexecutorexample-service project as a simple example of the possible scenarios available for the JEF Executor implementation. For more information on how to access this project in BitBucket, please contact your Dalet representative.

What is JEF?

The Job Execution Framework (JEF) lets you extend the Dalet Flex platform, by allowing you to create your own action and resource plugins and then run them in their own microservices.

Once an action plugin has been deployed, it appears in the list of existing actions in the Dalet Flex console, ready for people to make use of.

Step 1: Setting up the Framework

To set up the framework for JEF, you must do the following:

  1. Install Docker: guides for installing Docker can be found here:

    • Installing Docker for Windows: install
    • Installing Docker for Mac: install
  2. Acquire a login to the docker registry. Please contact the Dalet Flex DevOps team at the following address: to acquire this information. Once you have obtained this information, you can use the docker login command to log in.

  3. Clone the following repo: ssh://

    In this repo you will find an example JEF project. You can use this example as a basis for your own JEF project.

  4. Configure the dynamic FLEX_IP value by running the bash_profile (in MAC), after setting the FLEX_IP property:

export FLEX_IP= `ifconfig | grep -Eo 'inet (addr:)?([0-9]_.){3}[0-9]_' | grep -Eo '([0-9]_.){3}[0-9]_' | grep -v '' | grep -v '192.168.1'>
  1. Add the following entries in your host file, in order to run the Consul and Enterprise services: localhost

Flex Enterprise can be started independently of JEF services - neither needs to be started before the other. Flex Enterprise will be notified when the JEF Registry Service is running, and reports will be available on Action Plugins and their status.

Step 2: Creating the Action Configuration

In this section you will learn how to create configuration fields for action plugins.

Most of the plugins found in Dalet Flex require you to populate configuration fields. In most cases, there are mandatory fields that must be filled out in order for the plugin to function correctly. These are found under the Configuration tab when you view a plugin in the Dalet Flex user interface.

Example: Clicking the Configuration tab for a Send Email action in Dalet Flex reveals a number of fields that are essential to the running of the plugin.

Defining the Action Configuration

Below we will look at what is required for each configuration field you wish to create.

To begin creating the configuration for the plugin, you must create a class that implements the following:

Example: You could create a “Send Email” action. This action could contain the following fields: Recipient’s Email, Subject, and Message.


@ActionPluginConfiguration(async = true, description = "Email details needed by the Notification-Email-Action")
public class EmailActionConfiguration implements ActionConfiguration {

            displayName = "Recipent's Email",
            description = "Person to receive email",
            required = true)
    private String recipientEmail;

            displayName = "Subject",
            description = "Email subject line",
            required = true)
    private String subject;

            displayName = "Message",
            description = "Email's body",
            required = true)
    private String body;


You can design the configuration of a plugin using the metadata annotations provided as part of JEF (these are effectively Dalet Flex metadata definitions). These annotations provide solutions to define native, primitive, and complex fields.

Example: In a transcode plugin you might see a complex called “Destination”. Within the “Destination” complex you would find destination related fields such as: Folder Resource, VFSLocation, Protocol, Hostname, and so on.

Step 3: Creating an Action Executor

In this section you will learn how to create an action executor. An action executor is an abstract class that must be extended in order to process the action request. It takes an instance of the ActionConfiguration as a parameter, in order to expose the configuration of the action plugin at the moment of execution.


    public ActionExecutorResponse execute() {"JEF Example external email action started execution for job");
        EmailExternalActionConfiguration emailActionConfiguration = (EmailExternalActionConfiguration) actionConfiguration;


        // Sends email
        emailUtils.sendEmail(emailActionConfiguration.getRecipientEmail(), emailActionConfiguration.getSubject(),
                emailActionConfiguration.getBody());"JEF Example external email action done");

        return new ActionExecutorResponse();