Pumlhorse wouldn’t be much of a scripting language if it couldn’t support basic things like “if” statements, would it?

name: Check whether it's the weekend
    - return new Date().getDay()
  - dayOfWeek = get_today
  - if:
      value: ${ dayOfWeek == 5 }
      is true:
        - log: Congratulations, today is Friday!
      is false:
        - if:
            value: ${ dayOfWeek == 6 || dayOfWeek == 0}
            is true:
              - log: Congratulations, it's the weekend!
            is false:
              - log: Hang in there, you'll make it! 

As you can see, the if function takes a few parameters, value, is true, and is false. value is always required, and at least one of is true and is false is required. These two parameters take an array of steps that will run if the condition holds.


Another common programming construct is the loop. Pumlhorse loves loops so much it has three kinds!

The repeat loop will run a series of steps a certain number of times.

name: Get back to Kansas
  - repeat:
      times: 3
        - log: There's no place like home!

The for loop lets you iterate over an array. We can use this to simplify the “days of the week” example from Lesson 2.

name: Print the days of the week
  - days_of_week = value:
      - Monday
      - Tuesday
      - Wednesday
      - Thursday
      - Friday
      - Saturday
      - Sunday
  - for:
      each: day
      in: $days_of_week
        - log: $day

Note that the each property specifies the variable name we want to use inside the loop.

The scenarios loop lets you perform the same steps under different conditions.

name: Validate password errors
  - scenarios:
      base: # optional, provides a base set of values for every scenario
        username: jsmith
        too short: #first scenario
          password: bad
          error: Password is too short
        too long: #second scenario
          password: this_is_too_long_of_a_password_for_our_puny_system_to_handle
          error: Password is too long
        no special characters:
          password: Password123
          error: Password must contain a special character
        - result = login:
            username: $username
            password: $password
        - isFalse: $result.isSuccess
        - areEqual:
            expected: $error
            actual: $result.error

In this case, we have three cases to test: “too short, “too long”, and “no special characters”. Each of these scenarios sets the password and the expected error. All three cases inherit from the “base” case, which sets the username.

Parallel Processing

As we discussed in the first lesson, Pumlhorse runs steps one by one, waiting for each step to finish before starting the next. The parallel function allows us to run multiple steps at a time.

name: Run parallel steps
  - parallel:
      - postUpdateToFacebook: This is my new status!
      - postUpdateToTwitter: This is my new tweet!
      - postUpdateToInstagram: This is a picture of my cat!
  - log: All done!

This script uses the (imaginary) functions postUpdateToFacebook, postUpdateToTwitter, and postUpdateToInstagram. Since these functions might take awhile and don’t depend on each other, we can call them at the same time. However, the log call will not run until all three postUpdate functions finish.

Early exit

Occasionally you will want to stop the script without having to throw an error.

name: Exit early
  - log: nothing to do!
  - end
  - log: this step never runs

Cleaning up

Occasionally, your scripts will have steps that need to be taken when the script is done. For instance, if you create test records in the database, you may need to delete those test records. However, you want to make sure that those steps are executed even if an error occurs. In that case, you would add it to the cleanup section. Each step in the cleanup section is guaranteed to run.

name: Run cleanup steps
  - addRecordToDatabase
  - addAnotherRecord
  - fail # script will stop running steps here
  - addThirdRecord # This won't run
  - deleteThirdRecord 
  - deleteSecondRecord
  - deleteFirstRecord