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Abe Timmerman


Dancer::Plugin::RPC::RESTRPC - RESTRPC Plugin for Dancer


In the Controler-bit:

    use Dancer::Plugin::RPC::RESTRPC;
    restrpc '/base_url' => {
        publish   => 'pod',
        arguments => ['MyProject::Admin']

and in the Model-bit (MyProject::Admin):

    package MyProject::Admin;
    =for restrpc rpc_abilities rpc_show_abilities
    sub rpc_show_abilities {
        return {
            # datastructure


RESTRPC is a simple protocol that uses HTTP-POST to post a JSON-string (with Content-Type: application/json to an endpoint. This endpoint is the base_url concatenated with the rpc-method name.

This plugin lets one bind a base_url to a set of modules with the new restrpc keyword.

restrpc '/base_url' => \%publisher_arguments;


callback => $coderef [optional]

The callback will be called just before the actual rpc-code is called from the dispatch table. The arguments are positional: (full_request, method_name).

    my Dancer::RPCPlugin::CallbackResult $continue = $callback
        ? $callback->(request(), $method_name, @method_args)
        : callback_success();

The callback should return a Dancer::RPCPlugin::CallbackResult instance:

  • on_success

  • on_failure

            error_code    => <numeric_code>,
            error_message => <error message>
code_wrapper => $coderef [optional]

The codewrapper will be called with these positional arguments:

1. $call_coderef
2. $package (where $call_coderef is)
3. $method_name
4. @arguments

The default code_wrapper-sub is:

    sub {
        my $code   = shift;
        my $pkg    = shift;
        my $method = shift;
publisher => <config | pod | \&code_ref>

The publiser key determines the way one connects the rpc-method name with the actual code.

publisher => 'config'

This way of publishing requires you to create a dispatch-table in the app's config YAML:

                    admin.someFunction: rpc_admin_some_function_name
                    user.otherFunction: rpc_user_other_function_name

The Config-publisher doesn't use the arguments value of the %publisher_arguments hash.

publisher => 'pod'

This way of publishing enables one to use a special POD directive =for restrpc to connect the rpc-method name to the actual code. The directive must be in the same file as where the code resides.

    =for restrpc admin_someFunction rpc_admin_some_function_name

The POD-publisher needs the arguments value to be an arrayref with package names in it.

publisher => \&code_ref

This way of publishing requires you to write your own way of building the dispatch-table. The code_ref you supply, gets the arguments value of the %publisher_arguments hash.

A dispatch-table looks like:

    return {
        'admin_someFuncion' => dispatch_item(
            package => 'MyProject::Admin',
            code    => MyProject::Admin->can('rpc_admin_some_function_name'),
        'user_otherFunction' => dispatch_item(
            package => 'MyProject::User',
            code    => MyProject::User->can('rpc_user_other_function_name'),
arguments => <anything>

The value of this key depends on the publisher-method chosen.

=for restrpc restrpc-method-name sub-name

This special POD-construct is used for coupling the restrpc-methodname to the actual sub-name in the current package.



Creates a (partial) dispatch table from data passed from the (YAML)-config file.


Creates a (partial) dispatch table from data provided in POD.


(c) MMXVII - Abe Timmerman <abeltje@cpan.org>