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The DocXmlRpcServer is a very simple XmlRpc server that is also simultaneously a self-documenting web server.

   1 """Demonstration of the Python 2.3 DocXMLRPCServer.
   2 
   3 The demonstration publishes two functions, "message" and "wait."
   4 """
   5 
   6 import time
   7 import socket
   8 
   9 from DocXMLRPCServer import DocXMLRPCServer
  10 
  11 
  12 class SimpleShareServer:
  13     def message(self, msg):
  14         """Print message and return True.
  15 
  16         Log everything passed to this function.
  17         """
  18         print time.asctime(), msg
  19         return True
  20 
  21     def wait(self, seconds):
  22         """Wait a number of seconds, and return the number.
  23 
  24         Wait for a certain number of seconds before returning.
  25         Returns the same number passed in.
  26         """
  27         print time.asctime(), "Waiting %s seconds" % seconds
  28         time.sleep(seconds)
  29         print time.asctime(), "Finished waiting %s seconds" % seconds
  30         return seconds
  31 
  32     
  33 if __name__ == '__main__':
  34     server = DocXMLRPCServer(("", 8000), logRequests=0)
  35     server.register_introspection_functions()
  36     server.register_instance(SimpleShareServer())
  37 
  38     print time.asctime(), 'Application Starting.'
  39     server.serve_forever()
  40     print time.asctime(), 'Application Finishing.'

The benefit of using DocXMLRPCServer is that it automatically creates documentation for your XML-RPC server, just open a browser and head to http://localhost:8000 after starting the server.

Writing a client to call the wait function is left as an exercise for the reader. :)

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Notes

This page was based on SeaPig:DocXMLRPCServer, with BrianDorsey's permission.

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