system.skipEntry()is the most commonly used method. However, this is not always the best choice. In fact, it is only relevant when you have an Iterator in the Feed section. If you don't then
system.exitFlow()is the better choice.
Except if your AL has a Server mode Connector. To explain why, I'll have to say a bit first about how Server mode Connectors work.
A Server mode Connector (or SMC for short) adds two important features to your AL:
- AL pooling
As long as nothing breaks the SMC itself, e.g. if the bound resource fails, then new client connections will be handled by (re)launching ALs as needed.
The AL pool is not to be confused with Connector Pooling, which do you from your Connectors library (Resources > Connectors). Instead, under AssemblyLine Options you can define both the initial size and max size of this AL's pool. These settings only apply when a Server mode Connector is present in the AL Feed section. And note that Connectors (and connections to target systems) will be initialized for each copy in the pool. Pool initialization occurs when the SMC starts so that all connections are hot-and-ready to service client requests.
As a result of all this, when you want to stop Flow section execution you need to use
task.shutdown()so that Connectors are released to the pool. Note that this will not result in the Server Connector making a reply back to the client. To do this you still need to use: