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Rapuncel - Simple XML-RPC Client

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Rapuncel (wikipedia) is a simple and lightweight, but fast XML-RPC client library for ruby. It's based on Nokogiri for XML parsing and thus provides a major performance improvement for large XML responses.

I need your help

I currently have exactly 1 application for Rapuncel, and that's Kangaroo, i.e. the OpenERP XMLRPC service, where it works absolutely fine. To improve Rapuncel i need your experience with other services and their quirks. Just open a feature request, file a bug report, send me a message.

Installation

Rails

Add this to your Gemfile:

gem 'rapuncel'

Run

bundle install

and you're good to go.

Other Ruby / IRB

Install it as gem:

gem install rapuncel

Require rubygems and rapuncel

require 'rubygems'
require 'rapuncel'

Usage

Initialize client

Usage is pretty straightforward, Rapuncel provides a method proxy to send calls to your XMLRPC service like you would to a normal ruby object. First you have to create a client with the connection details, e.g.

client = Rapuncel::Client.new :host => 'localhost', :port => 8080, :path => '/xmlrpc'

Available options are:

  • host hostname or ip-address,
    default: localhost
  • port port where your XMLRPC service is listening,
    default: 8080
  • path path to the service,
    default: /
  • user Username for HTTP Authentication
    default: empty
  • password Password for HTTP Authentication
    default: empty
  • headers Hash to set additional HTTP headers for the request, e.g. to send an X-ApiKey header for authentication
    default: {}
  • ssl Flag wether to use SSL
    default: false
  • raise_on Lets you define the behavior on errors or faults, if set to :fault, :error or :both,
    an Exception will be raised if something goes wrong
  • serialization Use your own (extended) (De)Serializers. See Custom Serialization
    default: Rapuncel::XmlRpc

Get a proxy object and ...

A proxy object receives ruby method calls, redirects them to your XMLRPC service and returns the response as ruby objects!

proxy = client.proxy

# suppose your XMLRPC service has a method exposed 'concat_string(string1, string2)'
proxy.concat_string "foo", "bar"
-> "foobar"

# if you need to access specific interfaces on your service, e.g. 'string.concat(string1, string2)'
proxy = client.proxy_for 'string'
proxy.concat 'foo', 'bar'
-> 'foobar'

Supported objects

Rapuncel supports natively following object-types (and all their subclasses):

  • Integer

  • String

  • Array

  • Hash

  • TrueClass, FalseClass

  • Float / Double

  • BigDecimal (treated like Float, unless you set double_as_bigdecimal to true)

  • Time, Time-like objects

  • Base64

  • Symbols are converted to Strings

  • All Hashs have symbol keys

  • All other objects are transformed into a Hash ('struct' in XMLRPC-speak) containing their instance variables as key-value-pairs.

Base64

If you want a string to be encoded as Base64 in your RPC call, just mark it:

proxy.some_method "my base64 encoded string".as_base64

Return values that arrive Base64 encoded, are instances of Rapuncel::Base64String, which is a subclass of String, and therefore can be used as such, but allows you to differentiate Base64 return values from normal String return values.

Supported methods

You can use most methods via

proxy.methodname 'a', 1, [:a, :b], :a => :d

However methods starting with __, or ending with a bang ! or a question mark ? are not supported. To call those methods you can always use

proxy.call! 'methodname', *args

or via

client.call_to_ruby 'methodname', *args

note

client.call 'methodname', *args

will return a Rapuncel::Response object, use call_to_ruby to get a parsed result

Deserialization options

At the moment there are 2 options, to be set quite ugly as class attributes on Rapuncel::XmlRpc::Deserializer, which will definitely change.

  1. double_as_bigdecimal Deserialize all <double> tags as BigDecimal.
  2. hash_keys_as_string Don't use Symbols as keys for deserialized <struct>, but Strings.

Custom Serialization

module MySpecialSerialization
  class Serializer < Rapuncel::XmlRpc::Serializer
  end
  class Deserializer < Rapuncel::XmlRpc::Deserializer
  end
end

client = Rapuncel::Client.new :serialization => MySpecialSerialization
# or :serialization => 'MySpecialSerialization'

Todo ?

  • RDoc
  • Extensive functional tests
  • HTTP-Proxy support
  • Async requests
  • XMLRPC Extensions (pluggable support)
    • Apache vendor extensions
  • How do i test SSL?

What happens if something goes wrong?

HTTP Errors / XMLRPC Faults

See Usage -> configuration -> raise_on switch

Malformed XML/XMLRPC

Rapuncel will most likely fail hard.

Changelog

  • 0.0.5
    • Refactored serialization, preparation for pluggable extensions
    • Deserialization option "double_as_bigdecimal"
    • Deserialization option "hash_keys_as_string"
    • base64 support
    • Object#to_xmlrpc now should expect a XmlRpc::Serializer instance, not a Builder (you can access the Builder directly via XmlRpc::Serializer#builder)

Open Source

License

Copyright (c) 2011 Kayoom GmbH

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

Contribution

Pull requests are very welcome!