API Documentation Tool

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Apipie-rails is a DSL and Rails engine for documenting you RESTful API. Instead of traditional use of “#comments“, Apipie lets you describe the code by code. This brings advantages like:

  • no need to learn yet another syntax, you already know Ruby, right?

  • possibility reuse the doc for other purposes (such as validation)

  • easier to extend and maintain (no string parsing involved)

  • possibility to use other sources for documentation purposes (such as routes etc.)

The documentation is available right in your app (by default under “/apipie“ path. In development mode, you can see the changes as you go. It's markup language agnostic and even provides an API for reusing the documentation data in form of JSON.

Getting started


The easiest way to get Apipie up and running with your app is:

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$ echo “gem 'apipie-rails'” >> Gemfile $ bundle install $ rails g apipie:install

Now you can start documenting your resources and actions (see `DSL Reference`_ for more info):

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ruby

api :GET, '/users/:id'
param :id, :number
def show
  # ...
end

Run your application and see the result at “localhost:3000/apipie“. For it's further processing, you can use “localhost:3000/apipie.json“.

For more comprehensive getting started guide, see `this demo <

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Authors


`Pajk <`_”>github.com/iNecas>`_

Contributors


See `Contributors page <

Apipie-rails is released under the `MIT License <Documentation

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`Table Of Contents`

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DSL Reference

Resource Description


You can describe a resource on controller level. The description is introduced by calling “resource_description do … end“.

Inheritance is supported, so you can specify common params for group of controllers in their parent class.

The following keywords are available (all are optional):

resource_id

How will the resource be referenced in Apipie (paths, ``see`` command etc.), by default `controller_name.downcase` is used.

name

Human readable name of resource. By default ``class.name.humanize`` is used.

short (also short_description)

Short description of the resource (it's shown on both list of resources and resource details)

desc (also description and full_description)

Full description of the resource (shown only in resource details)

param

Common params for all methods defined in controller/child controllers.

api_base_url

What url is the resource available under.

api_versions (also api_version)

What versions does the controller define the resource. (See `Versioning`_ for details.)

formats

request / response formats.

error

Describe every possible error that can happen what calling all
methods defined in controller. HTTP response code and description can be provided.

app_info

In case of versioning, this sets app info description on per_version basis.

meta

Hash or array with custom metadata.

Example: ~~~~~~~~

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ruby

resource_description do
  short 'Site members'
  formats ['json']
  param :id, Fixnum, :desc => "User ID", :required => false
  param :resource_param, Hash, :desc => 'Param description for all methods' do
    param :ausername, String, :desc => "Username for login", :required => true
    param :apassword, String, :desc => "Password for login", :required => true
  end
  api_version "development"
  error 404, "Missing"
  error 500, "Server crashed for some <%= reason %>", :meta => {:anything => "you can think of"}
  meta :author => {:name => 'John', :surname => 'Doe'}
  description <<-EOS
    == Long description
     Example resource for rest api documentation
     These can now be accessed in <tt>shared/header</tt> with:
       Headline: <%= headline %>
       First name: <%= person.first_name %>

     If you need to find out whether a certain local variable has been
     assigned a value in a particular render call, you need to use the
     following pattern:

     <% if local_assigns.has_key? :headline %>
        Headline: <%= headline %>
     <% end %>

    Testing using <tt>defined? headline</tt> will not work. This is an
    implementation restriction.

    === Template caching

    By default, Rails will compile each template to a method in order
    to render it. When you alter a template, Rails will check the
    file's modification time and recompile it in development mode.
  EOS
end

Method Description


Then describe methods available to your API.

api

Say how is this method exposed and provide short description.
The first parameter is HTTP method (one of :GET/:POST/:PUT/:DELETE).
The second parameter is relative URL path which is mapped to this
method. The last parameter is methods short description.
You can use this +api+ method more than once for one method. It could
be useful when there are more routes mapped to it.

api_versions (also api_version)

What version(s) does the action belong to. (See `Versioning`_ for details.)

param

Look at Parameter description section for details.

formats

Method level request / response formats.

error

Describe each possible error that can happen what calling this
method. HTTP response code and description can be provided.

description

Full method description which will be converted to HTML by
chosen markup language processor.

example

Provide example of server response, whole communication or response type.
It will be formatted as code.

see

Provide reference to another method, this has to be string with
controller_name#method_name.

meta

Hash or array with custom metadata.

Example: ~~~~~~~~

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ruby

api :GET, "/users/:id", "Show user profile"
error :code => 401, :desc => "Unauthorized"
error :code => 404, :desc => "Not Found", :meta => {:anything => "you can think of"}
param :session, String, :desc => "user is logged in", :required => true
param :regexp_param, /^[0-9]* years/, :desc => "regexp param"
param :array_param, [100, "one", "two", 1, 2], :desc => "array validator"
param :boolean_param, [true, false], :desc => "array validator with boolean"
param :proc_param, lambda { |val|
  val == "param value" ? true : "The only good value is 'param value'."
}, :desc => "proc validator"
param :param_with_metadata, String, :desc => "", :meta => [:your, :custom, :metadata]
description "method description"
formats ['json', 'jsonp', 'xml']
meta :message => "Some very important info"
example " 'user': {...} "
see "users#showme", "link description"
see :link => "users#update", :desc => "another link description"
def show
  #...
end

Parameter Description


Use “param“ to describe every possible parameter. You can use Hash validator in cooperation with block given to param method to describe nested parameters.

name

The first argument is parameter name as a symbol.

validator

Second parameter is parameter validator, choose one from section `Validators`_

desc

Parameter description.

required

Set this true/false to make it required/optional. Default is optional

allow_nil

Set true is ``nil`` can be passed for this param.

as

Use by the processing functionality to change the name of a key params.

meta

Hash or array with custom metadata.

show

Parameter is hidden from documentation when set to false (true by default)

Example: ~~~~~~~~

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ruby

param :user, Hash, :desc => "User info" do
  param :username, String, :desc => "Username for login", :required => true
  param :password, String, :desc => "Password for login", :required => true
  param :membership, ["standard","premium"], :desc => "User membership"
  param :admin_override, String, :desc => "Not shown in documentation", :show => false
end
def create
  #...
end

DRY with param_group


Often, params occur together in more actions. Typically, most of the params for “create“ and “update“ actions are common for both of them.

This params can be extracted with “def_param_group“ and “param_group“ keywords.

The definition is looked up in the scope of the controller. If the group is defined in a different controller, it might be referenced by specifying the second argument.

Example: ~~~~~~~~

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ruby

# v1/users_controller.rb
def_param_group :address do
  param :street, String
  param :number, Integer
  param :zip, String
end

def_param_group :user do
  param :user, Hash do
    param :name, String, "Name of the user"
    param_group :address
  end
end

api :POST, "/users", "Create an user"
param_group :user
def create
  # ...
end

api :PUT, "/users/:id", "Update an user"
param_group :user
def update
  # ...
end

# v2/users_controller.rb
api :POST, "/users", "Create an user"
param_group :user, V1::UsersController
def create
  # ...
end

Action Aware params


In CRUD operations, this pattern occurs quite often: params that need to be set are:

  • for create action: “required => true“ and “allow_nil => false“

  • for update action: “required => false“ and “allow_nil => false“

This makes it hard to share the param definitions across theses actions. Therefore, you can make the description a bit smarter by setting “:action_aware => true“.

You can specify explicitly how the param group should be evaluated with “:as“ option (either :create or :update)

Example ~~~~~~~

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ruby

def_param_group :user do
  param :user, Hash, :action_aware => true do
    param :name, String, :required => true
    param :description, :String
  end
end

api :POST, "/users", "Create an user"
param_group :user
def create
  # ...
end

api :PUT, "/users/admin", "Create an admin"
param_group :user, :as => :create
def create_admin
  # ...
end

api :PUT, "/users/:id", "Update an user"
param_group :user
def update
  # ...
end

In this case, “user“ will be not be allowed nil for all actions and required only for “create“ and “create_admin“. Params with “allow_nil“ set explicitly don't have this value changed.

Action awareness is being inherited from ancestors (in terms of nested params).

Concerns


Sometimes, the actions are not defined in the controller class directly but included from a module instead. You can load the Apipie DSL into the module by extending it with “Apipie::DSL::Concern“.

The module can be used in more controllers. Therefore there is a way how to substitute parts of the documentation in the module with controller specific values. The substitutions can be stated explicitly with “apipie_concern_subst(:key => “value”)“ (needs to be called before the module is included to take effect). The substitutions are performed in paths and descriptions of APIs and names and descriptions of params.

There are some default substitutions available:

:controller_path

value of ``controller.controller_path``, e.g. ``api/users`` for
``Api::UsersController``

:resource_id

Apipie identifier of the resource, e.g. ``users`` for
``Api::UsersController`` or set by ``resource_id``

Example ~~~~~~~

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ruby

# users_module.rb
module UsersModule
  extend Apipie::DSL::Concern

  api :GET, '/:controller_path', 'List :resource_id'
  def index
    # ...
  end

  api :GET, '/:resource_id/:id', 'Show a :resource'
  def show
    # ...
  end

  api :POST, '/:resource_id', "Create a :resource"
  param :concern, Hash, :required => true
    param :name, String, 'Name of a :resource'
    param :resource_type, ['standard','vip']
  end
  def create
    # ...
  end

  api :GET, '/:resource_id/:custom_subst'
  def custom
    # ...
  end
end

# users_controller.rb
class UsersController < ApplicationController

  resource_description { resource_id 'customers' }

  apipie_concern_subst(:custom_subst => 'custom', :resource => 'customer')
  include UsersModule

  # the following paths are documented
  # api :GET, '/users'
  # api :GET, '/customers/:id', 'Show a customer'
  # api :POST, '/customers', 'Create a customer'
  #   param :customer, :required => true do
  #     param :name, String, 'Name of a customer'
  #     param :customer_type, ['standard', 'vip']
  #   end
  # api :GET, '/customers/:custom'
end
Configuration Reference

Create configuration file in e.g. “/config/initializers/apipie.rb“. You can set application name, footer text, API and documentation base URL and turn off validations. You can also choose your favorite markup language of full descriptions.

app_name

Name of your application used in breadcrumbs navigation.

copyright

Copyright information (shown in page footer).

doc_base_url

Documentation frontend base url.

api_base_url

Base url of your API, most probably /api.

default_version

Default API version to be used (1.0 by default)

validate

Parameters validation is turned off when set to false.

validate_value

Check the value of params against specified validators (true by
default)

validate_presence

Check the params presence against the documentation.

process_params

Process and extract parameter defined from the params of the request
to the api_params variable

app_info

Application long description.

reload_controllers

Set to enable/disable reloading controllers (and the documentation with it), by default enabled in development.

api_controllers_matcher

For reloading to work properly you need to specify where your API controllers are. Can be an array if multiple paths are needed

api_routes

Set if your application uses custom API router, different from Rails default

markup

You can choose markup language for descriptions of your application,
resources and methods. RDoc is the default but you can choose from
Apipie::Markup::Markdown.new or Apipie::Markup::Textile.new.
In order to use Markdown you need Maruku gem and for Textile you
need RedCloth. Add those to your gemfile and run bundle if you
want to use them. You can also add any other markup language
processor.

layout

Name of a layout template to use instead of Apipie's layout. You can use
Apipie.include_stylesheets and Apipie.include_javascripts helpers to include
Apipie's stylesheets and javascripts.

ignored

An array of controller names (strings) (might include actions as well)
to be ignored when generationg the documentation
e.g. ``%w[Api::CommentsController Api::PostsController#post]``

namespaced_resources

Use controller paths instead of controller names as resource id.
This prevents same named controllers overwriting each other.

authenticate

Pass a proc in order to authenticate user. Pass nil for
no authentication (by default).

show_all_examples

Set this to true to set show_in_doc=1 in all recorded examples

link_extension

The extension to use for API pages ('.html' by default).  Link extensions
in static API docs cannot be changed from '.html'.

languages

List of languages API documentation should be translated into. Empty list by default.

default_locale

Locale used for generating documentation when no specific locale is set.
Set to 'en' by default.

locale

Pass locale setter/getter

.. code

ruby

config.locale = lambda { |loc| loc ? FastGettext.set_locale(loc) : FastGettext.locale }

translate

Pass proc to translate strings using localization library your project uses.
For example see `Localization`_

Example:

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ruby

Apipie.configure do |config|
  config.app_name = "Test app"
  config.copyright = "&copy; 2012 Pavel Pokorny"
  config.doc_base_url = "/apidoc"
  config.api_base_url = "/api"
  config.validate = false
  config.markup = Apipie::Markup::Markdown.new
  config.reload_controllers = Rails.env.development?
  config.api_controllers_matcher = File.join(Rails.root, "app", "controllers", "**","*.rb")
  config.api_routes = Rails.application.routes
  config.app_info = "
    This is where you can inform user about your application and API
    in general.
  ", '1.0'
  config.authenticate = Proc.new do
     authenticate_or_request_with_http_basic do |username, password|
       username == "test" && password == "supersecretpassword"
    end
  end
end

checksum_path

Used in ChecksumInHeaders middleware (see `JSON checksums`_ for more info). It contains path prefix(es) where the header with checksum is added. If set to nil, checksum is added in headers in every response. e.g. ``%w[/api /apipie]``

update_checksum

If set to true, the checksum is recalculated with every documentation_reload call
Processing

The goal is to extract and pre process parameters of the request.

For example Rails, by default, transforms empty array to nil value, you want perhaps to transform it again to an empty array. Or you want to support an enumeration type (comma separated values) and you want automatically transform this string to an array.

To use it, set processing_value configuration variable to true. In your action, use api_params variable instead of params.

Also by using `as` you can separate your API parameters names from the names you are using inside your code.

To implement it, you just have to write a process_value function in your validator:

For an enumeration type:

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ruby

def process_value(value)
 value ? value.split(',') : []
end
Validators

Every parameter needs to have associated validator. For now there are some basic validators. You can always provide your own to reach complex results.

If validations are enabled (default state) the parameters of every request are validated. If the value is wrong a ArgumentError exception is raised and can be rescued and processed. It contains some description of parameter value expectations. Validations can be turned off in configuration file.

TypeValidator


Check the parameter type. Only String, Hash and Array are supported for the sake of simplicity. Read more to to find out how to add your own validator.

.. code

ruby

param :session, String, :desc => "user is logged in", :required => true
param :facts, Hash, :desc => "Additional optional facts about the user"

RegexpValidator


Check parameter value against given regular expression.

.. code

ruby

param :regexp_param, /^[0-9]* years/, :desc => "regexp param"

EnumValidator


Check if parameter value is included given array.

.. code

ruby

param :enum_param, [100, "one", "two", 1, 2], :desc => "enum validator"

ProcValidator


If you need more complex validation and you know you won't reuse it you can use Proc/lambda validator. Provide your own Proc taking value of parameter as the only argument. Return true if value pass validation or return some text about what is wrong. _Don't use the keyword return if you provide instance of Proc (with lambda it is ok), just use the last statement return property of ruby.

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ruby

param :proc_param, lambda { |val|
  val == "param value" ? true : "The only good value is 'param value'."
}, :desc => "proc validator"

HashValidator


You can describe hash parameters in depth if you provide a block with description of nested values.

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ruby

param :user, Hash, :desc => "User info" do
  param :username, String, :desc => "Username for login", :required => true
  param :password, String, :desc => "Password for login", :required => true
  param :membership, ["standard","premium"], :desc => "User membership"
end

NilValidator


In fact there is any NilValidator but setting it to nil can be used to override parameters described on resource level.

.. code

ruby

param :user, nil
def destroy
  #...
end

ArrayValidator


Check if the parameter is an array

Additional options ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

of

Specify the type of items. if not given it accepts an array of any item type

in

Specifiy an array of valid items value.

Examples ~~~~~~~~

Assert `things` is an array of any items

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ruby

param :things, Array

Assert `hits` must be an array of integer values

.. code

ruby

param :hits, Array, of: Integer

Assert `colors` must be an array of valid string values

.. code

ruby

param :colors, Array, in: ["red", "green", "blue"]

The retrieving of valid items can be deferred until needed using a lambda. It is evaluated only once

.. code

ruby

param :colors, Array, in: ->  { Color.all.pluck(:name) }

NestedValidator


You can describe nested parameters in depth if you provide a block with description of nested values.

.. code

ruby

param :comments, Array, :desc => "User comments" do
  param :name, String, :desc => "Name of the comment", :required => true
  param :comment, String, :desc => "Full comment", :required => true
end

Adding custom validator


Only basic validators are included but it is really easy to add your own. Create new initializer with subclass of Apipie::Validator::BaseValidator. Two methods are required to implement - instance method validate(value) and class method build(param_description, argument, options, block).

When searching for validator build method of every subclass of Apipie::Validator::BaseValidator is called. The first one whitch return constructed validator object is used.

Example: Adding IntegerValidator

We want to check if parameter value is an integer like this:

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ruby

param :id, Integer, :desc => "Company ID"

So we create apipie_validators.rb initializer with this content:

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ruby

class IntegerValidator < Apipie::Validator::BaseValidator

  def initialize(param_description, argument)
    super(param_description)
    @type = argument
  end

  def validate(value)
    return false if value.nil?
    !!(value.to_s =~ /^[-+]?[0-9]+$/)
  end

  def self.build(param_description, argument, options, block)
    if argument == Integer || argument == Fixnum
      self.new(param_description, argument)
    end
  end

  def description
    "Must be #{@type}."
  end
end

Parameters of the build method:

param_description

Instance of Apipie::ParamDescription contains all
given informations about validated parameter.

argument

Specified validator, in our example it is +Integer+

options

Hash with specified options, for us just ``{:desc => "Company ID"}``

block

Block converted into Proc, use it as you desire. In this example nil.
Versioning

Every resource/method can belong to one or more versions. The version is specified with the `api_version` DSL keyword. When not specified, the resource belong to `config.default_version` (“1.0” by default)

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ruby

resource_description do
  api_versions "1", "2"
end

api :GET, "/api/users/", "List: users"
api_version "1"
def index
  # ...
end

api :GET, "/api/users/", "List: users", :deprecated => true

In the example above we say the whole controller/resource is defined for versions “1” and “2”, but we override this with explicitly saying `index` belongs only to version “1”. Also inheritance works (therefore we can specify the api_version for the parent controller and all children will know about that). Routes can be flagged as deprecated and an annotation will be added to them when viewing in the API documentation.

From the Apipie API perspective, the resources belong to version. With versioning, there are paths like this provided by apipie:

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/apipie/1/users/index /apipie/2/users/index

When not specifying the version explicitly in the path (or in dsl), default version (`Apipie.configuration.default_version`) is used instead (“1.0” by default). Therefore, the application that doesn't need versioning should work as before.

The static page generator takes version parameter (or uses default).

You can specify the versions for the examples, with `versions` keyword. It specifies the versions the example is used for. When not specified, it's shown in all versions with given method.

When referencing or quering the resource/method descripion, this format should be used: “version#resource#method”. When not specified, the default version is used instead.

Markup

The default markup language is `RDoc <Use Apipie::Markup::Markdown.new. You need Maruku gem.

Textile

Use Apipie::Markup::Textile.new. You need RedCloth gem.

Or provide you own object with “to_html(text)“ method. For inspiration this is how Textile markup usage looks like:

.. code

ruby

class Textile
  def initialize
    require 'RedCloth'
  end
  def to_html(text)
    RedCloth.new(text).to_html
  end
end

Localization

Apipie has support for localized API documentation in both formats (JSON and HTML). Apipie uses the library I18n for localization of itself. Check “config/locales“ directory for available translation.

Major part of strings in the documentation comes from the API. As prefferences about localization libraries differs among project, Apipie needs to know how to set locale for your project and how to translate a string using library your project use. That can be done using lambdas in configuration.

Sample configuration when your project use FastGettext

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ruby

Apipie.configure do |config|
 ...
 config.languages = ['en', 'cs']
 config.default_locale = 'en'
 config.locale = lambda { |loc| loc ? FastGettext.set_locale(loc) : FastGettext.locale }
 config.translate = lambda do |str, loc|
   old_loc = FastGettext.locale
   FastGettext.set_locale(loc)
   trans = _(str)
   FastGettext.set_locale(old_loc)
   trans
 end
end

And the strings in API documentation needs to be marked with the “N_()“ function

.. code

ruby

api :GET, "/users/:id", N_("Show user profile")
param :session, String, :desc => N_("user is logged in"), :required => true

When your project use I18n, localization related configuration could look like as follows

.. code

ruby

Apipie.configure do |config|
 ...
 config.languages = ['en', 'cs']
 config.default_locale = 'en'
 config.locale = lambda { |loc| loc ? I18n.locale = loc : I18n.locale }
 config.translate = lambda do |str, loc|
   old_loc = I18n.locale
   I18n.locale = loc
   trans = I18n.t(str)
   I18n.locale = old_loc
   trans
 end
end

And the strings in API documentation needs to be in the form of translation keys

.. code

ruby

api :GET, "/users/:id", "show_user_profile"
param :session, String, :desc => "user_is_logged_in", :required => true

The localized versions of the documentation are distinguished by languge in the filename. E.g. “doc/apidoc/apidoc.cs.html“ is static documentation in the Czech language. If the language is missing, e.g. “doc/apidoc/apidoc.html“, the documentation is localized with the “default_locale“.

The dynamic documentation follows the same schema. The “localhost:3000/apidoc/v1.cs.html“ is documentation for version '1' of the API in the Czech language. For JSON description of the API applies the same: “localhost:3000/apidoc/v1.cs.json

Modifying Views

To modify the views of your documentation, run “rails g apipie:views“. This will copy the Apipie views to “app/views/apipie/apipies“ and “app/views/layouts/apipie“.

Static files

To generate a static version of documentation (perhaps to put it on project site or something) run “rake apipie:static“ task. It will create set of html files (multi-pages, single-page, plain) in your doc directory. If you prefer a json version run “rake apipie:static_json“. By default the documentation for default API version is used, you can specify the version with “rake apipie:static

When you want to avoid any unnecessary computation in production mode, you can generate a cache with “rake apipie:cache“ and configure the app to use it in production with “config.use_cache = Rails.env.production?“

If, for some complex casese, you need to generate/re-generate just part of the cache use “rake apipie:cache cache_part=index“ resp. “rake apipie:cache cache_part=resources“ To generate it to different location for further processing use “rake apipie:cache OUT=/tmp/apipie_cache“.

JSON checksums

If the API client needs to be sure that the JSON didn't changed, add the “ApipieChecksumInHeaders“ middleware in your rails app. It can add checksum of entiere JSON document in the response headers.

.. code

“Apipie-Checksum”=>“fb81460e7f4e78d059f826624bdf9504”

`Apipie bindings <

.. code

require 'apipie/middleware/checksum_in_headers' # Add JSON checksum in headers for smarter caching config.middleware.use “Apipie::Middleware::ChecksumInHeaders”

And in your apipie initializer allow checksum calculation

.. code

Apipie.configuration.update_checksum = true

By default the header is added to responses for “config.doc_base_url“ and “/api“. It can be changed in configuration (see `Configuration Reference`_ for details).

The checksum calculation is lazy, done with first request. If you run with “use_cache = true“, do not forget to run the rake task “apipie:cache“.

Tests Integration

Apipie integrates with automated testing in two ways. *Documentation bootstrapping* and *examples recording*.

Documentation Bootstrapping


Let's say you have an application without REST API documentation. However you have a set of tests that are run against this API. A lot of information is already included in this tests, it just needs to be extracted somehow. Luckily, Apipie provides such a feature.

When running the tests, set the “APIPIE_RECORD=params“ environment variable or call “Apipie.record('params')“ from specs starter. You can either use it with functional tests

.. code

APIPIE_RECORD=params rake test:functionals

or you can run your server with this param, in case you run the tests against running server

.. code

APIPIE_RECORD=params rails server

When the process quits, the data from requests/responses are used to determine the documentation. It's quite raw, but it makes the initial phase much easier.

Examples Recording


You can also use the tests to generate up-to-date examples for your code. Similarly to the bootstrapping, you can use it with functional tests or a running server, setting “APIPIE_RECORD=examples“ or by calling “Apipie.record('examples')“ in your specs starter.

.. code

APIPIE_RECORD=examples rake test:functionals APIPIE_RECORD=examples rails server

The data is written into “doc/apipie_examples.yml“. By default, only the first example is shown for each action. You can customize this by setting “show_in_doc“ attribute at each example.

.. code

— !omap

- announcements#index:
  - !omap
    - verb: :GET
    - path: /api/blabla/1
    - versions:
      - '1.0'
    - query:
    - request_data:
    - response_data:
      ...
    - code: 200
    - show_in_doc: 1   # If 1, show. If 0, do not show.
    - recorded: true

In RSpec you can add metadata to examples. We can use that feature to mark selected examples – the ones that perform the requests that we want to show as examples in the documentation.

For example, we can add “show_in_doc“ to examples, like this:

.. code

ruby

describe "This is the correct path" do
  it "some test", :show_in_doc do
    ....
  end
end

context "These are edge cases" do
  it "Can't authenticate" do
    ....
  end

   it "record not found" do
     ....
   end
end

And then configure RSpec in this way:

.. code

ruby

RSpec.configure do |config|
  config. = true
  config.filter_run :show_in_doc => true if ENV['APIPIE_RECORD']
end

This way, when running in recording mode, only the tests that has been marked with the “:show_in_doc“ metadata will be ran, and hence only those will be used as examples.

Bindings Generator

In earlier versions (<= 0.0.13), there was a simple client generator as a part of Apipie gem. As more features and users came to Apipie, more and more there was a need for changes on per project basis. It's hard (or even impossible) to provide a generic solution for the client code. We also don't want to tell you what's the rigth way to do it (what gems to use, how the API should look like etc.).

Therefore you can't generate a client code directly by a rake task in further versions.

There is, however, even better and more flexible way to reuse your API documentation for this purpose: using the API the Apipie provides in the generator code. You can inspire by `Foreman API bindings <Disqus Integration

You can get a `Disqus <

.. code

ruby

config.disqus_shortname = "MyProjectDoc"
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