XML-RPC Protocol

XML-RPC is a remote procedure call protocol encoded in XML (Extensible Markup Language).

Protocol name in port definition: xmlrpc.

XML-RPC Transport

XML-RPC has the characteristic that all exchanged variables need to be listed in a child array param (this one becomes XML-RPC's params vector). Arrays need to be passed as child values called array eg. val.array[0] = 1, in which case all other eventual child values and the root of a particular value are ignored.

Some other notes to value mapping: Jolie variables of type long are unsupported in XML-RPC and not considered further. Date values (dateTime.iso8601) cannot be generated within Jolie and are considered strings, base64 values are mapped into raw.

This is an example of a primitive XML-RPC server:

execution { concurrent }

type SumRequest:void {
  .param:void {
    .z:void {

type SumResponse:void {

interface SumInterface {

inputPort MyInput {
  Location: "socket://localhost:8000/"
  Protocol: xmlrpc { .debug = true }
  Interfaces: SumInterface

  [ sum( request )( response ) {
    response.param = request.param.x + request.param.y + request.param.z.a + request.param.z.b
  }]{ nullProcess }

XML-RPC Parameters

type XmlRpcConfiguration:void {

    * Defines the aliases for operation names.
    * Jolie does not support operation names with dots (e.g., myOp.operation),
    * aliases are expressed as protocol parameters as
    * aliases.opName = "aliasName"
    * Default: none
    * Supported values: any valid operation alias definition
    .aliases: void {
        .operationName[ 1, * ]: void {
            .operationName: string

     * Defines whether the underlying connection should be kept open.
     * Default: false
    .keepAlive?: bool

     * Defines whether debug messages should be activated
     * Default: false
    .debug?: bool

     * Enable the HTTP content compression
     * On client side the "Accept-Encoding" header is set to "gzip, deflate"
     * or according to "requestCompression". On the server the compression is
     * enabled using gzip or deflate as the client requested it. gzip is
     * preferred over deflate since it is more common.
     * If the negotiation was successful, the server returns the compressed data
     * with a "Content-Encoding" header and an updated "Content-Length" field.
     * Default: true

     * Enables the HTTP request compression feature.
     * HTTP 1.1 per RFC 2616 defines optional compression also on POST requests,
     * which works unless HTTP errors are returned, for instance 415 Unsupported
     * Media Type.
     * Jolie allows to set the parameter to "gzip" or "deflate" which overrides
     * also the "Accept-Encoding" header. This invites the server to use the same
     * algorithm for the response compression. Invalid values are ignored.
     * If all conditions are met, the request content gets compressed, an
     * additional "Content-Encoding" header added and the "Content-Length"
     * header recalculated.
     * Default: none/off

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