A project to compile Yahoo! Pipes into Python (see it hosted on Google App Engine: http://pipes-engine.appspot.com)





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A project to compile Yahoo! Pipes into Python (see it hosted on Google App Engine: http://pipes-engine.appspot.com)


Yahoo! Pipes are translated into Python generators (pipelines) which should give a close match to the original data flow. Each call to the final generator will ripple through the pipeline issuing .next() calls until the source is exhausted.

The modules are topologically sorted to give their creation order. The main output and inputs are connected via the yielded values and the first parameter. Other inputs are passed as named parameters referencing the input module.

The JSON representation of the configuration parameters maps closely onto Python dictionaries and so is left as-is and passed and parsed as-and-when needed.

Each Yahoo module is coded as a separate Python module. This might help in the future if the generators are made to run on separate processors/machines and we could use queues to plumb them together.

Setting up the environment


Install the dependencies::

pip install -r requirements.txt

If using a Python version before 2.6 then simplejson is needed::

pip install simplejson


Install the package::

python setup.py install

Unit tests


python tests/testbasics.py

Or use nose to also test the module doc-blocks (you must install nose first).::

pip install nose nosetests

In test-mode, modules needing user input use the default values rather than prompting the user. This is done by setting context.test==True.


There are two ways to translate a Yahoo pipe into Python.

  1. Create a Python script pipeline which wraps the pipe in a function. This function can then be imported and run from another Python program, i.e, compiled.

  2. Create the Python pipeline on-the-fly and execute it within the current process, i.e., interpreted.

  3. Compiling a Python script pipeline

You can create Python scripts by pulling directly from a Yahoo! Pipe::

python pipe2py/compile.py -p pipe_id

or loading a json pipe file.::

python pipe2py/compile.py tests/pipelines/pipe_name.json

If you load from a json pipe file, you should name the files pipe_PIPEID.json, where PIPEID is the Yahoo ID for the pipeline, e.g.::


Both of these methods will create a python file named after the input argument with a .py extension (using the compile.parse_pipe_def and compile.stringify_pipe functions), e.g.::


Sub-pipes are expected to be contained in the pipe2py/pypipelines folder and named pipe_PIPEID.py, where PIPEID is the Yahoo ID for the pipeline, e.g.::


Then compile.py will output files that can then be run directly, e.g.::

python pipe2py/pypipelines/pipe_188eca77fd28c96c559f71f5729d91ec.py

or imported into other pipelines.::

from tests.pypipelines.pipe_188eca77fd28c96c559f71f5729d91ec import pipe_188eca77fd28c96c559f71f5729d91ec from pipe2py import Context

pipeline = pipe_188eca77fd28c96c559f71f5729d91ec(Context()) print list(pipeline)

  1. Interpreting a pipeline and executing in-process

First, start out with a context and pipe name, e.g.::

from pipe2py import Context

pipe_name = 'pipe_188eca77fd28c96c559f71f5729d91ec'

a) Then you can create pipelines from json pipe files.::

from pipe2py.compile import parse_pipe_def, build_pipeline from os import path as p from json import loads

pipe_file_name = p.join('tests', 'pipelines', '%s.json' % pipe_name) pjson = open(pipe_file_name).read() pipe_def = loads(pjson) pipe = parse_pipe_def(pipe_def, pipe_name) pipeline = build_pipeline(Context(), pipe)

b) or from an imported pipe module::

from importlib import import_module

module = import_module('tests.pypipelines.%s' % pipe_name) pipe_generator = getattr(module, pipe_name) pipeline = pipe_generator(Context())

either way, you can now output the content, e.g.::

print list(pipeline)


Some pipelines need to prompt the user for input values. When running a compiled pipe, it defaults to prompting the user via the console, but in other situations this may not be appropriate, e.g. when integrating with a website. In such cases, the input values can instead be read from the pipe's context (a set of values passed into every pipe). The context.inputs dictionary can be pre-populated with user input before the pipe is executed.

To determine which prompts are needed, the pipeline can be called initially with context.describe_input==True, and this will return a list of tuples defining the inputs needed (it will not execute the pipe)::

from pipe2py import Context from tests.pypipelines.pipe_1LNyRuNS3BGdkTKaAsqenA import pipe_1LNyRuNS3BGdkTKaAsqenA context = Context(describe_input=True) print pipe_1LNyRuNS3BGdkTKaAsqenA(context)

[(u'', u'textinput1', u'Stock Symbol:', u'text', u'yhoo'), (u'', u'textinput2', u'Search Term:', u'text', u'')]

Each tuple is of the form: (position, name, prompt, type, default).

The list of tuples is sorted by position, i.e. the order in which they should be presented to the user. The name should be used as a key in the context.inputs dictionary. The prompt is the prompt for the user. Type is the data type, e.g. text, number. And default is the default value (used if no value is given), e.g. to run the above pipe with pre-defined inputs, and no console prompting::

from pipe2py import Context from tests.pypipelines.pipe_1LNyRuNS3BGdkTKaAsqenA import pipe_1LNyRuNS3BGdkTKaAsqenA context = Context(inputs={'textinput1': 'IBM'}, test=True) print list(pipe_1LNyRuNS3BGdkTKaAsqenA(context))

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