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.: getAvailability :.

.: Purpose

This method is intended to people who need to know the availability of the SkyBoT service.

.: HTTP Request

If you are a software/solutions developer, you might want to include the getAvailability service into your application. This can be done by using the Web service method or by using the following HTTP request:

where [parameters] is a list of parameters separated by the character &. The allowed parameters are:
-mime=<string> Mime type of the results votable | html | text
-from=<string> Word which definite the name of the caller application, or which describes the request any short string (without space)

The output is described in the following table and are available in VOTable, HTML or plain text format (cf. examples). The -mime parameter is optionnal and its value can be omitted (just write nothing or &-mime= without value). In this case, the output is displayed in VOTable.

.: Web service

The SkyBoT Web service provides methods based on SOAP and HTTP POST verb which allow one to interact between its own application and the SkyBoT services. Here is the useful information to invoke the getAvailability method:
Web Service URI:
SOAP header:
name of the SOAP header element: 'clientID'
SOAP header's content: array('from' => 'YourName', 'hostip'=>'')
getavailability  (mime)
- The input parameter of the method is a string which provides the format of the output:
VariableTypeUnitsLimits or valuesDefaultComment
mime string - votable | html | text votable Mime type of the results
- The output parameters of the method is a string which contains information which are conformed to the "availability 0.2" schema (IVOA Support Interfaces and Basic Profile):
1 Availability 'available', 'unavailable'
2 Uptime: time since last restart of service duration
3 ValidTo: next scheduled down-time, if known, nil=true if unknown dateTime (ISO format)
4 ContactDetails: detailed contact string
- Depending on the selected mime type, the output is formatted as:
the data are written in the IVOA standard VOTable format
the data are transformed in a HTML document using a XSLT processing (SkyBoT XSL style sheet)
the data are returned in plain text where each value is separated by the pipe '|' character
- Examples: click on the following links to get the status of the database with:

.: How to consume:

In order to help you to invoke the SkyBoT web services, we provide some clients written in differents languages. Here are some detailed explanations to see how to write a client with PHP and SOAP which invokes the getavailability method:

1/ Provide the input parameters which are mandatory for the service:

// Client's ID: provide the name of your project or organisation or yourself
$from = 'MyName';
// Input parameters
$param = array('mime' => "html");

2/ Define the SOAP options, the namespace and the WSDL URI of SkyBoT web service:

// Enables or disables the WSDL caching feature
ini_set('soap.wsdl_cache_enabled', 1);
// SOAP version
$soapVersion = 'SOAP_1_2';
// SkyBoT namespace
$namespace = 'http://vo.imcce.fr/webservices/skybot';
// SkyBoT WSDL
$uriwsdl = $namespace.'/skybot.wsdl';

3/ Create a SoapClient object in WSDL mode, set the SOAP header, then call the method and catch exceptions:

  // Constructs the client
  $client = new SoapClient($uriwsdl, array('exceptions'=>1, 'soap_version'=>$soapVersion));
  // SOAP header
  $header = array('from'=>$from, 'hostip'=>'');
  $client->__setSoapHeaders(array(new SOAPHeader($namespace, 'clientID', $header)));
  // Call the resolver method
  $response = $client->__soapCall('getavailability', $param);
  // Display the results
  if ($param['mime'] == 'text')
    header("Content-Type: text/plain");
    $res = explode(';', $response);
    $nbr = count($res);
    $key = array_keys($res);
    for ($i=0; $i<$nbr; $i++) { echo $res[$key[$i]],"\n"; };
    header("Content-Type: text/xml");
    echo $response."\n";
catch (SoapFault $fault)
  trigger_error("SOAP Fault: {$fault->getTraceAsString()} (faultcode: {$fault->faultcode}, faultstring: {$fault->faultstring})", E_USER_ERROR);