An actor in terms of the Leapp project is a step that is executed within a workflow. Actors define what kind of data they expect, and what they produce. Actors also provide a list of tags, with which actors mark their use cases.
Actors scan the system and produce the information found as messages. Other actors consume those messages to make decisions, or process the data to produce new messages. Some actors might apply changes to the system based on the information gathered earlier.
A message is produced by an actor, and the payload follows the definition of the Model it is named after. Messaging is a term used to describe the data exchange between actors.
Phases are sections in a workflow dedicated to some specific area of execution. A phase consists of three stages: Before, Main, and After. Phases are defined by assigning one or more tags to them, which will be used to find actors in the repositories loaded.
A repository is the place where all actors, models, tags, topics, and workflows are defined. Additionally to that shared files, libraries and tools can be put into the repository.
Stage is a part of a phase. There are three defined stages:
Before and After phases can be used to allow an actor to be run before or after any other actors in the phase. This should be useful in some hooking scenarios, where an action is supposed to be happening before or after another action. This way, other actors could be influenced.
A tag allows the framework to find actors in the repository and group their execution based on that tag.
Topics are assigned to models and are used for grouping the data into areas of interest.
Workflows describe what work is going to be done and when. A workflow is describing a sequence of phases, where one phase has assigned filters with which the framework selects actors that should be executed from the repositories on the system.
Workflow APIs are custom API classes that actors can use and automatically inherit their consumed and produced messages. This way one can write a stable API for third party actor writers, without being affected by changes of message model layout, name changes etc.