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Manual Reference Pages  -  XML::ATOM::SERVER (3)

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XML::Atom::Server - A server for the Atom API



    package My::Server;
    use base qw( XML::Atom::Server );
    sub handle_request {
        my $server = shift;
        $server->authenticate or return;
        my $method = $server->request_method;
        if ($method eq POST) {
            return $server->new_post;

    my %Passwords;
    sub password_for_user {
        my $server = shift;
        my($username) = @_;

    sub new_post {
        my $server = shift;
        my $entry = $server->atom_body or return;
        ## $entry is an XML::Atom::Entry object.
        ## ... Save the new entry ...

    package main;
    my $server = My::Server->new;


XML::Atom::Server provides a base class for Atom API servers. It handles all core server processing, both the SOAP and REST formats of the protocol, and WSSE authentication. It can also run as either a mod_perl handler or as part of a CGI program.

It does not provide functions specific to any particular implementation, such as posting an entry, retrieving a list of entries, deleting an entry, etc. Implementations should subclass XML::Atom::Server, overriding the handle_request method, and handle all functions such as this themselves.


    Request Handling

Subclasses of XML::Atom::Server must override the handle_request method to perform all request processing. The implementation must set all response headers, including the response code and any relevant HTTP headers, and should return a scalar representing the response body to be sent back to the client.

For example:

    sub handle_request {
        my $server = shift;
        my $method = $server->request_method;
        if ($method eq POST) {
            return $server->new_post;
        ## ... handle GET, PUT, etc
    sub new_post {
        my $server = shift;
        my $entry = $server->atom_body or return;
        my $id = save_this_entry($entry);  ## Implementation-specific
        $server->response_header(Location => $server->uri . /entry_id= . $id);
        return serialize_entry($entry);    ## Implementation-specific


Servers that require authentication for posting or retrieving entries or feeds should override the password_for_user method. Given a username (from the WSSE header), password_for_user should return that user’s password in plaintext. This will then be combined with the nonce and the creation time to generate the digest, which will be compared with the digest sent in the WSSE header. If the supplied username doesn’t exist in your user database or alike, just return undef.

For example:

    my %Passwords = ( foo => bar );   ## The password for "foo" is "bar".
    sub password_for_user {
        my $server = shift;
        my($username) = @_;


XML::Atom::Server provides a variety of methods to be used by subclasses for retrieving headers, content, and other request information, and for setting the same on the response.

    Client Request Parameters

o $server->uri

Returns the URI of the Atom server implementation.

o $server->request_method

Returns the name of the request method sent to the server from the client (for example, GET, POST, etc). Note that if the client sent the request in a SOAP envelope, the method is obtained from the SOAPAction HTTP header.

o $server->request_header($header)

Retrieves the value of the HTTP request header $header.

o $server->request_content

Returns a scalar containing the contents of a POST or PUT request from the client.

o $server->request_param($param)

XML::Atom::Server automatically parses the PATH_INFO sent in the request and breaks it up into key-value pairs. This can be used to pass parameters. For example, in the URI


the entry_id parameter would be set to 1.

request_param returns the value of the value of the parameter $param.

    Setting up the Response

o $server->response_header($header, $value)

Sets the value of the HTTP response header $header to $value.

o $server->response_code([ $code ])

Returns the current response code to be sent back to the client, and if $code is given, sets the response code.

o $server->response_content_type([ $type ])

Returns the current Content-Type header to be sent back to the client, and $type is given, sets the value for that header.

    Processing the Request

o $server->authenticate

Attempts to authenticate the request based on the authentication information present in the request (currently just WSSE). This will call the password_for_user method in the subclass to obtain the cleartext password for the username given in the request.

o $server->atom_body

Returns an XML::Atom::Entry object containing the entry sent in the request.


Once you have defined your server subclass, you can set it up either as a CGI program or as a mod_perl handler.

A simple CGI program would look something like this:

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w
    use strict;

    use My::Server;
    my $server = My::Server->new;

A simple mod_perl handler configuration would look something like this:

    PerlModule My::Server
    <Location /atom-server>
        SetHandler perl-script
        PerlHandler My::Server


If you wish to return an error from handle_request, you can use the built-in error method:

    sub handle_request {
        my $server = shift;
        return $server->error(500, "Something went wrong");

This will be returned to the client with a response code of 500 and an error string of Something went wrong. Errors are automatically serialized into SOAP faults if the incoming request is enclosed in a SOAP envelope.


Please see the XML::Atom manpage for author, copyright, and license information.
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