Easy Experimentation and Rapid Deployment of DDS Test Applications with Connector Libraries

Introduction

RTI Connector for Connext® DDS is a quick and easy way to access the power and functionality of RTI Connext DDS from a variety of popular scripting languages. It builds on several powerful capabilities of Connext DDS including XML-Based Application Creation and Dynamic Data.

With RTI Connector, developers can use their favorite scripting languages to tap into the power of Connext DDS to rapidly create prototypes or test scripts using JavaScript, Lua, or Python. The script can then subscribe or publish data directly to the Connext Databus.

Key Features and Benefits of RTI Connector

  • Publish and Subscribe to Data on the Databus. Enables users of scripting languages to tap into the Connext Databus.
  • Eases Technology Integration. Being a part of the JavaScript, Python and Lua ecosystems allows easy integration with other technologies.
  • Quick Development of POCs and tests. Scripting languages are often used to quickly develop demos or proof of concepts (PoCs). RTI Connector can also be used to create test applications.
  • XML-Based Configuration. DDS entities and QoS configurations can be defined in XML, and it enables users to focus on business logic in script languages by decoupling from communication entities.
  • Simplified API. Developers can stay focused on the value of their scripts rather than spending time learning how to use APIs.

Details

RTI Labs Project Type. A DDS-based technology in the form of a library with binding for scripting languages, including Python, JavaScript, Go and Lua.

Maturity level. Experimental.

Support. This is an experimental RTI product. As such, we only offer support through the RTI Community Forum where fellow users and RTI engineers can help you. Additionally, along with your questions, we encourage you to post your feedback on the Community Forum! (we'd love your feedback on RTI Connector!).

Intent. Depending on the customer feedback (although currently it looks good), we’re planning on future development.

Feedback. You can provide feedback via the RTI Community Forum.

Project Version Information. The latest version of RTI Connector is v0.4.0 which is based on RTI Connext DDS v6.0.0.

Which platform(s) is it available on? You can view the full list of platforms here.

Product compatibility. The RTI Connector Library has been built with the latest version of Connext DDS and is fully interoperable with products compatible with RTI Connext DDS 6.0.0. Because of the standard RTPS protocol, this includes RTI products including Connext DDS Micro (limited to the feature set of Micro), RTI DDS Toolkit for LabVIEW, etc.

For additional information on language support and versioning, please view the README doc, located in our GitHub repository.

License. RTI Connector is governed by Section 3e (Evaluation License) of the Software License Agreement.

Download

All versions of RTI Connector for Connext DDS are available for download here: https://github.com/rticommunity/rticonnextdds-connector.  

The RTI Connector common C library is provided for selected architectures here. Scripting language bindings based on the C library and examples for each language are provided in the following links:

Documentation

Documentation for RTI Connector is located in our GitHub repository.

RTI Connector for Python

To get started with the RTI Connector for Python, begin by reading the short README about the RTI Connector and proceed by downloading the software from GitHub.

You can follow the "Introduction to DDS using the RTI Connector for Python” presentation by Javier Povedano. The full set of examples is located on GitHub (here).

NEW VIDEO: Using RTI Connector for Python in 7 minutes

 

RTI Connector for JavaScript

Start by reading the short README about the RTI Connector and proceed by downloading the software from GitHub. You can also install it with npm; the readme contains the instructions.

Then you can follow the "Introduction to DDS using the RTI Connector for JavaScript” presentation by Gianpiero Napoli. The full set of examples can be found on GitHub (here).

RTI Connector for Go

To get started with the RTI Connector for Go, begin by reading the short README about the RTI Connector and proceed by downloading the software from GitHub.

Please view the examples created by Kyoungho An.

Examples

Related

If you're interested in using RTI Connector, we think you'll enjoy the following content.

The RTI Blog

Introducing RTI Labs and Connector for Connext DDS with Python, by Gianpiero Napoli.

RTI Community Technical Forum

Head on over to the RTI Community where you can search through the responses to technical questions on the forum and learn:   

  • How to change max_objects_per_thread in rticonnextdds_connector (here).
  • What you need to know about using Connector while in a Windows environment (here).

Slide Decks

Next Steps

Join the RTI Community

Post your questions, search through our Knowledge Base, and get the most from your DDS experience by joining the RTI Community!