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# RPCUDP : [RPC]( over [UDP]( in Python

RPC over UDP may seem like a silly idea, but things like the [DHT]( [Kademlia]( require it. This project is specifically designed for asynchronous [Python Twisted]( code to accept and send remote proceedure calls.

Because of the use of UDP, you will not always know whether or not a procedure call was successfully received. This isn't considered an exception state in the library, though you will know if a response isn't received by the server in a configurable amount of time.

## Installation

pip install storjrpcudp

## Usage
*This assumes you have a working familiarity with Twisted.*

First, let's make a server that accepts a remote procedure call and spin it up.

from rpcudp.protocol import RPCProtocol
from twisted.internet import reactor

class RPCServer(RPCProtocol):
# Any methods starting with "rpc_" are available to clients.
def rpc_sayhi(self, sender, name):
# This could return a Deferred as well. sender is (ip,port)
return "Hello %s you live at %s:%i" % (name, sender[0], sender[1])

# start a server on UDP port 1234
reactor.listenUDP(1234, RPCServer())

Now, let's make a client. Note that we do need to specify a port for the client as well, since it needs to listen for responses to RPC calls on a UDP port.

from rpcudp.protocol import RPCProtocol
from twisted.internet import reactor

class RPCClient(RPCProtocol):
def handleResult(self, result):
# result will be a tuple - first arg is a boolean indicating whether a response
# was received, and the second argument is the response if one was received.
if result[0]:
print "Success! %s" % result[1]
print "Response not received."

client = RPCClient()
reactor.listenUDP(5678, client)
client.sayhi(('', 1234), "Snake Plissken").addCallback(client.handleResult)

You can run this example in the file in the root folder.

## Implementation Details
The protocol is designed to be as small and fast as possible. Python objects are serialized using [MsgPack]( All calls must fit within 8K (generally small enough to fit in one datagram packet).

## Compatibility
With version 2.0 compatibility is broken with previous versions. In version 2.0 the method name when making a remote call is always packed as a unicode string. In previous versions, the type of string that method name was depended on the Python version. In order to make instances running on Python 2 and Python 3 compatible with each other the method name is now encoded as a unicode string before being packed, which ensures that [u-msgpack-python]( will always pack the it the same way. See [u-msgpack-python#behaviour-notes]( for more information.

If you intend to have instances running on both Python 2 and Python 3 communicating with each other make sure that all strings in the arguments you send are unicode encoded as well to ensure compatibility.

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