Can I schedule tasks for the future?

In Mechanic, the decision to schedule an event is an action all by itself – the "event" action. This means that the flow for scheduling looks like this:

  1. Task A is created, subscribing to a user event – for the sake of this example, we'll use "user/scheduler/future". This is the task that's intended to run in the future.
  2. Task B is created or configured to trigger that event ("user/scheduler/future"), using the "event" action, with the "run_at" option specifying exactly when that event should be run.
  3. Task B is triggered, which runs the aforementioned "event" action. This results in a "user/scheduler/future" event being scheduled for the future, which will cause Task B to be run at that time.

Tip: You can easily schedule recurring tasks, by subscribing to Mechanic's scheduler events. And all event subscriptions can be combined with a delay, as in mechanic/scheduler/daily+6.hours.

Here's an example of how the "event" action might be written:

{% action "event" %}
    "topic": "user/scheduler/future",
    "data": "this is a future event!",
    "run_at": "October 10"
{% endaction %}

The "run_at" option accepts many datetime formats, including ISO 8601 values, and UNIX timestamps. To ensure that it's reading your value correctly, use the task preview pane on the right:

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