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-This directory contains Piqi-RPC —- an RPC-over-HTTP system for Erlang.
-Full description and documentation are available at
-The "examples" directory contains several examples of Piqi-RPC services
-implemented in Erlang.
-Piqi-RPC has a rebar[1] package. It is maintained in a separate GitHub
-The easiest way to build and install Piqi-RPC is to use the rebar package. This
-way, all dependencies will be installed automatically.
-To build Piqi-RPC from sources, install the prerequisites (see below) and run
-"make" in the current directory.
-[1] Rebar is a build system for Erlang projects:
-Piqi-RPC depends on several open-source components. They need to be installed
-before building or running Piqi-RPC.
-* Webmachine
- HTTP library for writing well-behaving HTTP services. It works on top of
- Mochiweb.
- Homepage:
- Source code:
-* Mochiweb (it is used by Webmachine)
- HTTP server for Erlang
- Source code:
-The easiest and the most reliable way to install both is to download Webmachine
-and follow its installation instructions.
-Once installed, make sure that they are added to Erlang code paths. There are
-many ways to do that, one of them is to set the "ERL_LIBS" environment variable:
- export ERL_LIBS="<path-to-your-webmachine-directory>:$ERL_LIBS"
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+Piqi-RPC is an RPC-over-HTTP system for Erlang.
+Piqi-RPC gives Erlang developers a convenient and reliable way to connect
+services written in Erlang with the rest of the world using JSON, XML or Google
+Protocol Buffers over plain HTTP.
+Basically, Piqi-RPC can be viewed as an HTTP gateway for Erlang functions. Any
+standard HTTP client can communicate with them not knowing anything about
+Erlang or Piqi-RPC. And the opposite is also true: Erlang functions work with
+idiomatic Erlang data structures and don’t have to be aware of HTTP or even
+In other words, Piqi-RPC system automates several areas where Erlang developers
+usually need to write (and maintain!) a lot of boring plumbing code:
+**Parsing and validating input parameters** -- Piqi-RPC automatically parses
+XML, JSON, Protocol Buffers and command-line arguments, validates them and
+converts to idiomatic Erlang data structures.
+**Generating output parameters** -- again, Piqi-RPC automatically generates XML,
+JSON and Protocol Buffers from native Erlang representation.
+**HTTP communication** -- Piqi-RPC provides fully-compliant HTTP communication
+layer. It receives and validates HTTP requests, sends responses, handles
+"Content-Type" and "Accept" headers and generates around 10 different meaningful
+HTTP response types for various error conditions that can occur during request
+Full description and documentation are available on the project homepage here:
+See [examples/addressbook](examples/addressbook/) and
+Please report found problems using [GitHub
+Mailing list
+Your contributions are always welcome. Just open a pull request.
+Some useful commands:
+ make deps # the same as "rebar get-deps"
+ make # the same as "rebar compile"
+ make test
+ make dialyzer
+ make -C addressbook/example all test
+[Apache License Version 2.0](LICENSE)
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+The following people have contributed to piqi-rpc:
+Thijs Terlouw
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