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DynaWeb

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DynaWeb is a Dynamo package providing support for interaction with the interwebz in general and with REST APIs in particular.

What does it do ?

It helps you

  • retrieve (GET) stuff from the web
  • send (POST) information to the web
  • everything in between (PUT, DELETE, PATCH, etc).
  • the package also includes some rather nifty JSON de/serialisation nodes, so you can use the information you get from the web directly in Dynamo graphs, as native types.

DynaWeb package screenshot

How it came about

DynaWeb was designed as a package to make other packages, so it provides building blocks enabling you to build Dynamo integrations with just about any web service out there. After making DynaSlack & DynAsana, it became clear that writing a ZeroTouch-based package for every web service I or the community would want to integrate with was simply not scalable or sustainable, no matter how much code was re-used. DynAsana is an abstracted DynaSlack and DynaWeb is an even more abstracted & modularised DynAsana.

Getting Started

Package manager

DynaWeb is now available on the Dynamo package manager, search for DynaWeb and install it from there. See Alternative installation methods at the end of this document for alternative install methods.

Using DynaWeb

This repository has quite a few sample files provided to help you get started with DynaWeb.

I highly recommed starting with the samples as they contain detailed notes and instructions on how to use each of the nodes. Feel free to open an issue or submit a PR if you'd like to see further some documentation added here.

Samples

There are 8 sample Dynamo graphs included with the package, provided in both Dynamo 1.3 XML file format and Dynamo 2.0's new JSON format.

You can find the samples in this repository's samples folder folder, as well as and in the extra folder of the package you download using the Dynamo Package Manager, typically found here : %appdata%\Dynamo\Dynamo Revit\1.3\packages\DynaWeb (note version and Revit flavour of Dynamo, your location may vary).

The samples start from super-simple and progressively increase in complexity :

Sample 1 - A first request

3 nodes, similar to out-of-the-box (OOTB) Dynamo experience today.

Sample 2 - A simple request

Introduces the 3 stages of performing web requests and explains quite a few things. Also show how to achieve same thing with the OOTB node.

Sample 3 - Requst + benchmarking

Same as sample 2 but with added nodes that provide more information about the request (timing, etc) and output the results to text files.

Sample 4 - REST API example

This introduces the use of the WebClient class and some of the basic priciples of interacting with REST services. Uses a REST API that is freely accessible and returns JSON reponses. Contrasts using a WebClient and a WebRequest to achieve same thing and also introduces Deserialisation.

Sample 5 - REST API advanced

Introduces POST-ing to a REST API service and handling JSON payloads. Once the request is submitted, the response is deserialised too.

Sample 6 - Complex POST request

Further expands on the above example, building a complex WebRequest with 6 steps before its execution.

Sample 7 - Autodesk Forge - Upload file

This example builds a WebRequest and attaches a file to it, to upload directly to the Autodesk Forge service. See the issue that sparked this sample here.

Sample 8 - Autodesk Forge - Request auth token

This example builds a POST WebRequest, used to request an authorisation token from the Autodesk Forge service. See the issue that sparked this sample here.

Structure

There's 5 main components in DynaWeb :

  • WebRequest : the web request that gets executed
  • WebClient : the context in which a request is executed
  • WebResponse : this contains the response from the server, as well as additional metadata about the response & server itself
  • Execution : this provides nodes that simply execute requests, making it easier & clearer to use standard http verbs such as GET, POST, etc.
  • Helpers : a few helper nodes, with a particular focus on Deserialisation.

Simply put, use WebRequest nodes for one-off requests and start using a WebClient when you are interacting with REST APIs and/or have multiple request to similar endpoints/URLs. When using a WebClient, the WebRequest is still what gets executed, but it allows you more control over how that occurs (custom timeouts, etc)

Fun facts

  • when executing a WebRequest on its own, the DynaWeb package constructs an empty WebClient in the background anyway as it's needed for execution
  • the strucuture of the source code shows up directly in Dynamo

Alternative installation methods

Manual install

If you prefer to install one of the more experimental/work-in-progress builds, you can still follow the instructions below.

  • Download the latest release from the Releases page
  • unzip the downloaded file
  • once unzipped, copy the DynaWeb folder to the location of your Dynamo packages :
    • %appdata%\Dynamo\Dynamo Core\1.3\packages for Dynamo Sandbox, replacing 1.3 with your version of Dynamo
    • %appdata%\Dynamo\Dynamo Revit\1.3\packages for Dynamo for Revit, replacing 1.3 with your version of Dynamo
  • start Dynamo, the package should now be listed as DynWWW in the library.

Still can't see the package in Dynamo ?

This issue should be fixed now the package is distributed through the package manager, I definitely recommending getting it that way. However, in case you still have issues, see instructions below :

As reported by users, Windows sometimes blocks .dll files for security reasons. To resolve this, you'll have to go through the steps below for each assembly (.dll file) in the package :

  1. Right-click on .dll file and select properties
  2. Tick the Unblock checkbox at the bottom, in the Security section.
  3. Launch Dynamo again, the package should now load.

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Updating from alpha-0.5 build ?

The changes in 1.0 are breaking, meaning graphs using the previous version will not work. However, instead of re-creating them, you can simply open the .dyn files using Notepad (though i recommend SublimeText) and perform the following text find/replaces :

  • replace DSCore.Web. with DynaWeb.
  • replace DynWWW.dll with DynaWeb.dll
  • replace WebClient.WebClient with WebClient.ByUrl

Prerequisites

This project requires the following applications or libraries be installed :

Dynamo : version 1.3 or later
.Net : version 4.5 or later

Please note the project has no dependency to Revit and its APIs, so it will happily run in Dynamo Sandbox or Dynamo Studio.

Built with

The DynaWeb project relies on a few community-published NuGet packages as listed below :

  • Newtonsoft - handles serializing and deserializing to JSON
  • RestSharp - enables easier interaction with REST API endpoints
  • DynamoServices - an official Dynamo package providing support for better mapping of C# code to Dynamo nodes

Contributing

Please read CONTRIBUTING.md for details on how to contribute to this package. Please also read the CODE OF CONDUCT.md.

Authors

Radu Gidei : Github profile, Twitter profile

License

This project is licensed under the GNU AGPL 3.0 License - see the LICENSE FILE for details.

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