Adding a service

Services are service end-points connected by SPARKL. They communicate with each other with the help of operations. You can add a service by dragging and dropping it at the Canvas panel.


  1. Open the Editor.
  2. Select the component on the Components panel.
  3. Drag and drop the component at the Canvas panel.
    The new component is displayed on the Canvas panel.
  4. Click the new component on the Canvas panel.
  5. Enter a name for the component on the Settings panel.
  6. Specify an entity that SPARKL can use for provisioning.
  7. Optional: Define the dependencies of the service, if applicable.


A new service is created. This service can now implement operations.

Figure: Adding a service

What to do next

The actual configuration of a service, such as a piece of code, has to be defined as a property for the service.

Service provisioning

Services can be provisioned using SPARKL extensions. See here a list of core and optional extensions.

Table 1. Service provisioning with SPARKL extensions
Attribute value Core or optional Description
tabserver Core extension Services provisioned using the Tabserver extension run in your browser.

Services provisioned on Tabserver depend on a tabserver_connection service being up.

tabserver_connection Core extension Services provisioned using tabserver_connection accept connections from browsers.

Services provisioned using tabserver depend on such a service.

sequencer Core extension Services provisioned using the Sequencer extension can process transactions.
expr Core extension The Expressions extension supports the use of Erlang expressions in SPARKL.
subr Core extension The Subroutine extension supports subroutine transactions called by a caller operation.
Note: The subroutine specification is defined on the caller and callee operations on the svc_subr service.
lambda Core extension This service extension integrates AWS Lambda functionality into SPARKL mixes allowing you to run Node.js and Python scripts in a serverless architecture.
Note: See Lambda AWS documentation for further details.
phidget Optional extension The Phidget extension allows you to map Phidgets sensors, motors and interfaces to fields.