Rest API Examples


Examples of how to access the peml parser API.

PEML parser as a microservice

Our goal when designing the PEML parser was to ensure the parsing capabilities could be offered to tools build using different languages and frameworks. While the parser exists as a Ruby gem,providing it as a library for different programming languages in use would be a mammoth task.

It was thuse decided to offer the parsing capabilities through a Rest API. The Rails application that offers this functionality provides it in two flavours: a GET request that lets users send encoded PEML descriptions and a POST request that lets users send PEML descriptions as files.

Examples of how to access the API with common programming languages


We can use the HttpRequest and HttpResponse classes offered by the package. ObjectMapper has been used to map a PEML payload to JSON String which is our request body.

            String TARGET = "";
            String requestBody = objectMapper.writeValueAsString(values);

            URI uri = new URI(TARGET);
            HttpRequest request = HttpRequest.newBuilder(uri)
                    .header("Content-Type", "application/json")

            HttpResponse response = HttpClient.newHttpClient()
                    .send(request, HttpResponse.BodyHandlers.ofString());

The variable "values" being parsed to a JSON string is essentially a map containing arguments for the parser. The request cannot be made without the "peml" argument being set however extra functionality in the form of variable substitution and automatic html rendering is provided too. Following is an example of how you would generate "values" form an XHTML/HTML page

            String peml = request.getParameter("peml");
            String interpolate = request.getParameter("interpolate")!=null?"true":"false";
            String html = request.getParameter("html")!=null?"true":"false";

            Map values = new HashMap<>();

            values.put("peml", peml);
            values.put("output_format", "json");
            values.put("interpolate", "true");
            values.put("render_to_html", "true");


For python, we can simply use the requests library that offers both get and post methods. The returned response can then be extracted as json and operated upon.

            import requests
            peml = "your peml description goes here"
            query = {"peml": peml, "output_format": "json"}
            response = requests.get("", params = query)


For JavaScript, much akin to python, we use the Fetch API to get a response. It must be noted however that the Fetch API is not supported by IE11. Following is an example of hot to access the API using JavaScript. You will probably need to embed the script in a page that collects user input.

              const url = ""
              const payload = {"peml": "peml/text", "output_format": "json", "render_to_html": "true"}

                  $.post(url, data, function(data, status){