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Project Description
===========
Whiffle
===========

Whiffle provides a wrapper around the Wikidot XML-RPC API.
Example scripts are provided for re-parenting pages and changing tags
in large batches.

Change Log
==========

v0.1 Initial release
v1.0 Modified for the v2 API


Installation
============

Whiffle is a normal Python package and is held on the PyPI repository.
It can be installed using *pip* or any other method of your choice. If
you know what I'm talking about then you don't need me to hold your
hand.

If you are new to Python or installing packages from PyPI, then the
easiest way to install Whiffle is manually.

* Extract all the files into an empty folder.
* From a command prompt in that folder, give the command
python setup.py install

Using Whiffle
=============

The first thing you need to do is to configure the "identity.ini" file.
This file must be in the current directory when an application that uses
whiffle executes. There is a skeleton in the bin folder that you can use
to get started.

The identity.ini file
---------------------

[default@wikidot]
This heading allows you to have multiple identities and sites.
Until you want to do two things at once, leave it alone. The
"@wikidot" and the brackets must be there, but you can change
the name ("default").
user: AWikidotUserName
This is the Wikidot username that has API access to the site
key: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
This is the API key of the wikidot user
site: AWikidotSiteName
This is the Wikidot site that you are working on. It's just the
name, no "http" or "wikidot.com".

Once you have set up the identity.ini file, look at the examples:
addtag.py and chparent.py in the bin sub-folder of the installation
folder. These are probably the best way to get started and may be all
you need.

addtag.py
---------

Usage: addtag.py [options] page [tag]
Adds or removes tags from Wikidot pages.

Options:
-h, --help
show this help message and exit

-i IDENTITY, --identity=IDENTITY
define the name of the entry in the identity.ini file to use.
The default is "default".

-r, --remove
remove the specified tag (default action is to add it).

-f FILE, --file=FILE
define the name of the a file, each line of which
contains <page>SPACE<tag> or just <page>. If <tag> is
not specified on any line, then the one specified on
the command line is used. If every line specifies a
tag, then a tag is not required on the command line.

Examples:
* addtag.py start fred
adds the tag "fred" to the page "start".

* addtag.py -r start fred
removes the tag "fred" from the page "start".

* addtag.py language:python good
adds the tag "good" to the page "language:python"

* addtag.py -f myfile.txt defaulttag
assuming the file myfile.txt contains:
start fred
stop
adds the tag "fred" to the page "start" and adds the tag
"defaulttag" to the page "stop".

Specifying the the tag on the command line is not necessary if every
line of the file specifies a tag.

chparent.py
-----------

Usage: chparent.py [options] parent child
Changes the parent of a page

Options:
-h, --help
show this help message and exit
-i IDENTITY, --identity=IDENTITY
define the name of the entry in the identity.ini file to use.
The default is "default".
-f FILE, --file=FILE
define the name of the a file, each line of which contains
<parent>SPACE<child>. If this option is specified then the
parent and child should not be given on the command line.

Examples:

* chparent start help
makes page "start" the parent of page "help"

* chparent -f myfile.txt
assuming the file myfile.txt contains:
start help
help help:how-to-edit
makes page "start" the parent of page "help" and makes page "help"
the parent of page "help:how-to-edit"



Using Whiffle in your own application
=====================================

Each program should include the following::
from whiffle import wikidotapi, ApiError, SemanticError
...
api = wikidotapi.connection(identity)
...

The parameter to wikidotapi.connection() is optional, and it defaults to
"default", which is the identity used in the skeleton identity.ini file.

Calls can then be made on the methods of the "api" object. See the
example code for the syntax.

page_is_valid(name)
-------------------
Returns True if the name is a valid page name. Validation is only aimed
at preventing pages being created that are impossible to delete, and
does not attempt to replicate Wikidot rules.

category_is_valid(name)
-------------------
Returns True if the name is a valid category name. Validation is only aimed
at preventing pages being created that are impossible to delete, and
does not attempt to replicate Wikidot rules.

site_is_valid(name)
-------------------
Returns True if the name is a valid page name. Validation is only basic,
and does not attempt to replicate Wikidot rules.

Site
----
The name of the current site. The default is that found in the
identity.ini file. Site can be assigned to in order to work on multiple
sites in the same application::
dosomething()
api.Site = "newsite"
dosomething()

Pages
-----
A list of page names. This list is updated the first time Pages is used
and a cached copy is used thereafter. To refresh the cache, call
"refresh_pages()".

The content of this list is that returned by a pages.select API call.

Categories
----------
A list of dictionaries, each of which describe a category. This list is
updated the first time Categories is used and a cached copy is used
thereafter. To refresh the cache, call "refresh_categories()".

The content of this list is that returned by a categories.select API
call.

page_exists(page, category="_default")
--------------------------------------
Returns True if the page already exists (according to the Pages cache).
The page name can be given either as "category:page" or the page name
and the category can be given separately.

get_page_item(page, item, category="_default")
----------------------------------------------
Gets a datum from the given key for the given page (from the Pages
cache). The page name can be given either as "category:page" or the page name
and the category can be given separately.

The item parameter is a string containing the dictionary key. Valid keys
are those returned by the page.get_one API method.

set_page_item(page, item, value, create=False, category="_default")
----------------------------------------------
Sets the datum for given key on the given page. The page name can be
given either as "category:page" or the page name and the category can be
given separately.

The item parameter is a string containing the dictionary key. Valid keys
are those taken by thepages.save-one API method, and the value parameter
must be a valid value for that entry.

If the create parameter is True, then this call may create a new
(probably blank) page. Otherwise this call will raise an exception if
the page does not already exist (according to the Pages cache).

add_tag(page, tag, category="_default", ErrorIfRedundant=True)
--------------------------------------------------------------
Adds the given tag to the given page. The page name can be
given either as "category:page" or the page name and the category can be
given separately.

If the ErrorIfRedundant parameter is False, then this call will not fail
if the page already has the given tag. Otherwise an exception will be
raised if the tag is already on the page.

remove_tag(page, tag, category="_default", ErrorIfRedundant=True)
--------------------------------------------------------------
Removes the given tag from the given page. The page name can be
given either as "category:page" or the page name and the category can be
given separately.

If the ErrorIfRedundant parameter is False, then this call will not fail
if the page does not have the given tag. Otherwise an exception will be
raised if the tag is not on the page.

server
------
The API server proxy. This can be used to make API calls::
api.server.site.categories ({"site": self.Site})
Of course if you make calls through this object then Whiffle does not
do any validation checks; you are on your own.

ApiError
--------
An exception raised by the api object. Most exceptions are of this type
except for...

SemanticError
-------------
An exception raised by the api object due to an atempt to write to a
read-only object.



Hello World
===========

Here is the Whiffle version of Hello World::

from whiffle import wikidotapi

api = wikidotapi.connection()
api.set_page_item("hello", "content", "**Hello World!**", create=True)

That creates the page "hello" and puts the text "Hello World!" on it in
bold.
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