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Perl Tools for Productivity


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Another presentation I had at YAPC::EU 2012.
It's about how to fastly develop RESTful web services with Mojolicious and DBIx::Class

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Perl Tools for Productivity

  1. Tools for ProductivityRESTful Web Services with Mojolicious and DBIx:: Class
  2. About MeTudor Constantin● Perl Developer @ Evozon●● http://stackoverflow. com/users/459233/tudor-constantin●● http://www.linkedin. com/in/tudorconstantin
  3. Content● Objectives● Solutions● Implementation● Conclusions
  4. Objectives● Find a way to create generic, distributed DB oriented applications● One backend, multiple frontends, same functionality: ○ web ○ mobile ○ desktop● Rapid app development for the backend ○ Avoid boilerplate code ○ Adhere to the DRY principle ○ Generate as much code as possible ○ Have a predictible API
  5. Solutions● Implement only the business logic in Perl● Expose it through an API ○ REST ○ SOAP ○ RPC ○ WSDL● Services Oriented Architecture
  6. SolutionsChosen one is the REST architecture:● The simplest to implement (from server and client perspective)● Uniform interface ○ simplifies and decouples the architecture● Stateless - each request can be treated on a different machine ○ Horizontal scalability
  7. ImplementationRESTful routes:GET /api/user/1UPDATE /api/user/5DELETE /api/user/3
  8. ImplementationDefine Mojolicious routes:$r->get(/api/user/:id)->to(user#show)->name(user_details);$r->put(/api/user/:id)->to(user#update)->name(user_update);Mojolicious routes are in a 1 to 1 correlationwith the REST ones
  9. ImplementationMethods needed to implement for eachresource:● list - returns a collection of resources (list of users)● show - return an individual resource (1 user)● create - create a new resource● delete● update
  10. ImplementationThe above operations:● each corresponds to a DB CRUD operation● each can get implemented in a controller method● each can be implemented in a generic way: ○ get parameters, do stuff, return json
  11. Implementation - Overview
  12. Implementation
  13. sub update{ my $self = shift; my $result_rs = $self->app->model ->resultset( $self->{resource} ) ->search_rs( { id => $self->param(id) }, ); return $self->render_not_found if ( scalar( ( $result_rs->all ) ) == 0 );$result_rs->update_all( $self->{_payload} );$result_rs->result_class(DBIx::Class::ResultClass::HashRefInflator); my @result = $result_rs->all(); return $self->render_json( @result );}
  14. Steps for having REST1. Create the DB tables2. Generate the DBIx::Class models with DBIx::Class::Schema::Loader a. add the relationships between models3. Create the controllers which inherit from the Base controller4. (optional) Override the desired methods (ie - customize the business logic)5. Create the routes to Mojolicious
  15. Conclusions● Very fast to develop ○ There are only 6 steps ■ 4 of them are, or can be, automated● Completely DRY ○ define the table structure only once - when it is created ○ you write a column name only when you need to do something special with it (validate for example)● Very easy to test ○ end to end testing can be done with simple curl operations
  16. EndSample app (with the generic controller) can befound on github: generic controller: