7 Using MapleNet's Web Service
In this Chapter
7.1 MapleNet Simple Web Service
MapleService provides a simple web service interface to MapleNet. Users build client applications to utilize the web service. These applications can be built using a variey of tools such as Apache's Axis plugin for Eclipse, Microsoft's C# toolkit, IBM Websphere, Sun's NetBeans IDE, and others.
Note: Building the client application is not part of MapleNet and is beyond the scope of this document.
7.2 Web Services Description Language File
Web services are defined using a file containing the Web Services Description Language (WSDL). Before creating a client to connect to the MapleNet Web Service, download the definition of the MapleService using the WSDL file located at the URL
The above URL can be used in your Web Services toolkit so that it can create the skeleton code to connect to the MapleService web service.
7.3 Methods Available in the MapleService Web Service
There are two methods available in the web service. These methods correspond to the following APIs:
String result = evaluate(String expression);
String results = callMaple(String expressions);
Note: Once a single call to the web service completes, the Maple kernel is released. This means that state (e.g., variable assignments) are not preserved.
Currently the input strings must represent Maple 1-D expressions. The output will be Maple 1-D expressions.
Results from expressions that generate plots will be output as a Base64 encoded text string in the form