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Changing ScriptLink API Behavior Based on Parameters

One of the decisions we have to make when designing our ScriptLink solutions is “how many endpoints (web services) do we want to support?” If we do one endpoint per action then we can end up with dozens if not hundreds of different WSDLs to import and manage. A centralized “controller” means one endpoint to send every request through.

I recommend the latter design if for only one reason. One endpoint makes it easier to redirect your testing myAvatar server (“UAT”) to your testing ScriptLink endpoint. This is especially important after your routine LIVE-to-UAT copy. This means one WSDL to import. It also means there’s a higher likelihood of creating and maintaining a test ScriptLink server avoiding testing in production.

For this design to work we need a way to modify the behavior of our endpoint based on the specific request. Responding “Hello, World!” will be of little use on most forms. Last week, we created a command to run when the API is called. Today, we are going to create a command selector that choose which command to run based on the parameter provided.

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Unit Testing Your ScriptLink API with C# and MSTest

In my previous articles, we setup SoapUI and Postman to test the responses to our submissions. While this is an important testing method, it is time consuming and can be difficult to test all the various scenarios. This where Unit Testing comes in. With Unit Tests we can test our code for regressions in seconds (or milliseconds) and as we write our code.

Unfortunately, the design we have followed so far does not support Unit Testing, so we will have to make some changes. The best practice is to write your test, then write your code (make your code changes). So that is what we are going to do.

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Announcing AvatarScriptLink.NET and Additional Resources

It can be overwhelming for behavioral health organizations running the Netsmart myAvatar to consider leveraging ScriptLink to extend its capabilities. Perhaps even more so for those who are utilizing it when it is suggested, as I did a month ago, that there are opportunities to improve. Experience, time, and cost can be significant barriers regardless of desire. These are the barriers that I hope we as a community can help each other overcome.

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My 2020 myAvatar ScriptLink Wishlist

I have been working with Netsmart myAvatar and its ScriptLink feature for many years now. ScriptLink enables organizations to extend the functionality of most forms in the medical record. As with any extension feature, there are significant opportunities to improve or hinder the user’s experience and the overall solution. This means that a robust, mature solution can enhance the gains and minimize the risks.