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Application Migration and Development Guide
Application Development with PAS for OpenEdge : Programming the Progress Application Server for OpenEdge : Using PAS for OpenEdge event procedures : Activate and Deactivate procedures : Activate procedure
Activate procedure
The Activate procedure executes immediately before a remote procedure request when the connection is session-free or session-managed in the unbound state. A typical use of Activate procedures for unbound session-managed connections is to retrieve connection context using an application-specific context database or the SERVER-CONNECTION-CONTEXT attribute on the SESSION handle (see Managing context for bound and unbound session-managed connections). Using the SERVER-CONNECTION-ID attribute, you can uniquely identify (key) the context in the context database. You can then retrieve the connection-identified context from the context database or unmarshal it from the SERVER-CONNECTION-CONTEXT attribute value. You can create the initial context for the connection using the Connect procedure. For more information, see Connect and Disconnect procedures.
For either session-free or unbound session-managed connections, you can also retrieve client connection context that might be keyed on the value of the ClientContextId property of the Progress.Lang.OERequestInfo class. From the Activate (or any other PAS for OE instance) procedure, you can access this property on the OERequestInfo object that is returned by the CURRENT-REQUEST-INFO attribute on the SESSION handle. For more information, see Managing client context for session-free and unbound session-managed connections.
You can specify the name of an PAS for OpenEdge instance Activate procedure by setting the sessionActivateProc property in the PAS for OE properties file ( If you specify this procedure, it accepts no parameters and runs as a non-persistent procedure in any PAS for OpenEdge session that executes a remote procedure request for an session-free or unbound session-managed connection.
Note: The Activate procedure only runs prior to remote procedure requests. It does not run in response to connect or disconnect requests.
For the purposes of error handling, the Activate procedure is considered part of the remote procedure request. If the Activate procedure completes with no ABL termination condition (ERROR, QUIT, or STOP), the remote procedure executes immediately afterward. If the Activate procedure completes with a termination condition, it returns to the client application as if the remote procedure had generated the termination condition. Any return values (using the RETURN[ERROR]string statement) are passed to the client and the original remote procedure request is not executed.