xmlrpc introspection

Graham Dumpleton grahamd at dscpl.com.au
Wed Apr 23 02:37:13 CEST 2003

Even if you can find the API definition, you are still going to have a couple
of decisions to make as to how you do it in Python. The main issue is that
the XML-RPC introspection API has the intent of expressing the method
signatures using strong typing. Since Python isn't strongly typed, in the worst
case you have to provide a way of manually enumerating what all the
possible argument sets for a method might be. This can be a pain and you
might instead loosen up your introspection API implementation a bit and
simply pass back the names of the arguments the exported methods have.

For an example implementation based on a messaging framework which
doesn't actually use the Python xmlrpc module but still provides a gateway
for XML-RPC, check out:


There are two examples of how to do the introspection API in that file
corresponding to the choice explained above. Both methods use a methods
doc string for the method help.

Obviously, you will need to adapt this to whatever XML-RPC module you
are using but it should give you a start.

When you are done, if you want to see if it works and you can make your
service contactable on the net, use:




Hmmm, I hope these two things still work, the firewall where I am working
clags when I use the introspection page.

Charlene and Bryan <belred1 at yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<mailman.1051031252.20283.python-list at python.org>...
> thanks skip,
> but that site didn't have what i'm after.  the
> introspection API link is dead.  i went to frontier
> since i read that they updated their docs, but i can't
> find the updates with introspection anywhere.  i did
> google around first, but no luck anywhere.
> bryan
> --- Skip Montanaro <skip at pobox.com> wrote:
> > 
> >     Bryan> i'm interested in implementing the xmlrpc
> > introspecton methods
> >     Bryan> ...
> > 
> > Google is your friend.  Searching for "xmlrpc
> > introspection" yields this
> > promising item.
> > 
> >    
> >
>  http://xmlrpc-c.sourceforge.net/xmlrpc-howto/xmlrpc-howto-api-introspection.html
> > 
> > Skip
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