Barrister lets you write well documented services that can be consumed from a variety of languages.
The basic steps are:
- Write an IDL file (See: http://barrister.bitmechanic.com/docs.html)
- Run the
barristertool to convert the IDL file to JSON and HTML files (or use the hosted translator -- see below)
- Install the language binding for the lanuage you're writing the server in (See: http://barrister.bitmechanic.com/download.html)
- Write a server that implements the interfaces in the IDL
This project contains the core
barrister command line tool as well as the Python bindings.
If you are working in a language other than Python and don't wish to install the barrister Python package, you can use the hosted translator to convert your IDL to its JSON representation. For example:
curl --data-urlencode firstname.lastname@example.org http://barrister.bitmechanic.com/run > foo.json
This would upload
foo.idl and save the output as
foo.json. Currently the hosted error output is fairly
minimal, but if you get valid JSON back on the response then you should be set.
I suggest installing pip. All Python distributions that I'm aware of ship with
easy_install, so if
you don't have
pip yet, you can try:
Then you simply run:
pip install --pre barrister
You may need to be root to install packages globally, in which case you should
su to root or
sudo pip install --pre barrister
Note - the
--pre tag is currently required to get install the Plex dependency.
If you're using Python 2.6 or later, you're good to go. Python 2.5 users will need to:
pip install simplejson
Python 2.3 and 2.4 users will need to:
pip install uuid simplejson
As of 0.1.3 barrister can optionally generate UML-ish diagrams using Graphviz.
To generate a diagram, use the
-p and optionally
-z flags to barrister.
dot program must be installed and in your PATH. See the
Graphviz site for installation details. Most Linux distros can install
Graphviz via a package manager (apt, yum, pacman, etc). Mac users can install
Graphviz with homebrew.
If you'd like the diagram embedded in the generated HTML doc, place the token:
[[diagram]] in your IDL file where you'd like the diagram to appear. This
string will be replaced with a HTML
<img> tag pointing to the diagram.
- Read the Contact Service Tutorial
- Read the IDL Docs for more info on writing Barrister IDL files
- View the API Reference based on the latest commit to master
Distributed under the MIT license. See LICENSE file for details.
Release / Tag notes
Note to self on how to tag release
# Edit `setup.py` and `__init__.py`, bump version, then run: git add -u git commit -m "bump v0.1.0" git tag -a v0.1.0 -m "version 0.1.0" git push --tags git push python setup.py sdist upload