Interval Plugin

The Imixs IntervalPlugin provides an easy way for scheduling periodical intervals.
The Plugin implements an mechanism to adjust the value of a date item based on a macro or a cron definition. The interval can be defined in the workflow result by setting a reference item by name and a cron definition. See the following example:

<item name="interval">
    <ref>reminder</ref>
    <cron>0 15 * * 1-5</cron>
</item>

This example will adjust the date item ‘reminder’ to 3:00pm the next working day (Mo-Fr).

<item name="interval">
    <ref>reminder</ref>
    <macro>@monthly</macro>
</item>

this example will adjust the value of the date item ‘reminder’ per 1 month. For example: 15.01.2020 => 15.02.2020

Note: The IntervalPlugin only runs on scheduled activities.

Cron Expression

The syntax of a cron expression is made of five fields:

 ┌───────────── minute (0 - 59)
 │ ┌───────────── hour (0 - 23)
 │ │ ┌───────────── day of the month (1 - 31)
 │ │ │ ┌───────────── month (1 - 12)
 │ │ │ │ ┌───────────── day of the week (0 - 6) (Sunday to Saturday);
 │ │ │ │ │                                   
 │ │ │ │ │
 │ │ │ │ │
 * * * * * 

See the following examples how you can schedule workitems on intervals:

Cron Description
0 0 1 1 * Schedule once a year at midnight of 1 January
0 0 1 * * Schedule once a month at midnight of the first day of the month
0 0 * * 0 Schedule once a week at midnight on Sunday morning
0 0 * * * Schedule once a day at midnight
0 * * * * Schedule once an hour at the beginning of the hour
0 15 * * 7 Schedule every Sunday on 3:00 pm

Macro Definitions

The following macros can be used to schedule a workitem based on given date item value:

Macro Description
@yearly Run every year on the same day and month
@monthly Run every month on the same day
@weekly Run every week on the same day of week
@daily Run every day on the same hour and the same minute
@hourly Run every hour on the same minute