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Qooxdoo-specific CherryPy-based JSON RPC-server

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Python RPC-server for a Qooxdoo application. Implemented on top of CherryPy. Supports file upload and download. Controller code example:

import cherrypy
import qxcpjsonrpc as rpc

class Service:

  _server = rpc.Server()
  '''Server instance can be shared between threads'''

  def index(self, *args, **kwargs):

Alternatively rpc.ServerTool can used in CherryPy configuration as follows (or any of other ways to activate a CherryPy tool because of its great flexibility):

import cherrypy
import qxcpjsonrpc as rpc

config = {
  '/service' : {
    'tools.jsonrpc.on' : True
} = rpc.ServerTool()

cherrypy.tree.mount(None, config = config)

Service code example:

import qxcpjsonrpc as rpc

class Test(rpc.Service):

  def add(self, x, y):
    return x + y

Qooxdoo code example:

var rpc = new;
rpc.addListener("completed", function(event)
rpc.callAsyncListeners(this, 'add', 5, 7);


Serialization is provided by json package. However it doesn’t work out-of-the-box for some practically important types.

No special deserialization but json.loads is performed. Additional parsing is intended to be in user code.


Dates are serialized to UTC ISO 8601 strings, close to what Javascript JSON.stringify(new Date()) produces. datetime.datetime objects look like 2012-03-17T19:09:12.217000Z, like 2012-03-17T00:00:00Z.

As far as I know, there’s no reliable and cross-browser way to parse ISO 8601 strings using Javascript Date object. The following code can help (usually I put it to Date.fromISOString, as a counterpart to Date.prototype.toISOString), which converts ISO 8601 to cross-browser representation 2011/10/09 07:06:05 +0000 and passes it to Date constructor.

function fromISOString(value)
    return null;

  return new Date(value
    .replace("T", " ")
    + " +0000"

For dealing with ISO 8601 strings in service user code there’s a helper, which can be used as follows. Note that datetime.datetime objects it produces are timezone-aware. Timezone is UTC.

import qxcpjsonrpc as rpc



Serialized as strings.

Access control

By default all methods are protected and need to be strictly marked with rpc.access decorator to be accessible. The decorator expects a callable that return a bool. It is possible to use the decorator multiple times.

The package doesn’t use manual service bookkeeping, rather than doing imports programmatically through importlib for you. In case you have modules that have import side-effects which are in general a good idea to eliminate, you can subclass rpc.ServiceLocator and pass it (class) to initializer of rpc.Server or rpc.ServerTool. This way arbitrary method lookup can be implemented.

import qxcpjsonrpc as rpc

def isAdmin(method, request):
  '''Access granted only for administrators'''
  return cherrypy.request.login == 'admin'

class Restricted(rpc.Service):

   def entertainme(self):
     return '1/0 === Infinity'


Below are some examples of typical payloads.


It’s usually a case of source mode Qooxdoo application under development. Especially when the application is loaded from file:// and requires JSONP communication to circumvent Same Origin Policy.

Request’s query parameters, like in http://localhost/service?_ScriptTransport_id=...&nocache=...&_ScriptTransport_data=...:

// _ScriptTransport_data
  "id"          : 5,
  "service"     : "modulename.Test",
  "method"      : "anotherMethod",
  "params"      : ["JavaScript", {"is": ["doable with Qooxdoo"]}],
  "server_data" : {"token": "a58666196537fdf3e5bf63cd740928gf"}

// _ScriptTransport_id

// nocache

  5, // id
    "id"    : 5,
    "error" : {
      "origin"  : 2,
      "message" : "[ApplicationError] Wild statement!",
      "code"    : 0
    "result" : null


It’s usually a case of built and deployed Qooxdoo application.

Request to http://localhost/service?nocache=1234500999666:

  "id"          : 12,
  "service"     : "modulename.Test",
  "method"      : "anotherMethod",
  "params"      : ["Python", true, {"ly": ["rocks"]}],
  "server_data" : {"token": "a58666196537fdf3e5bf63cd740928gf"}


  "id"     : 12,
  "error"  : null,
  "result" : {"arbitrary": {"here": ["a", 5, " well"]}}


For examples look in test suite. More examples could be found in this project.

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