January 4, 2017 | Written by: Andrew Trice
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With the recent promotion of OpenWhisk to general availability, you not only get the incredibly powerful, scalable, event-driven programming model for building your actions (functions) using serverless computing, but something else slipped into the release that you may not have noticed:
The OpenWhisk API Gateway
There will be two different approaches you can to expose your actions with the API gateway:
- Assigning API endpoint/verb combinations to specific actions individually
- Using a Swagger config file to map API endpoints to actions (currently still in development)
Note: This is different from the ability to expose your OpenWhisk actions as managed APIs using API Connect.
A simple action: Fibonacci generator
Next we will examine how to expose an action as a REST API, but first let’s take a look at the action itself. I’m starting with a fibonacci generator. It’s a relatively simple action that generates numbers in a fibonacci sequence, where every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding values. When invoking this action from the command line, you specify a
num parameter (for the Nth place in the sequence), and it will return the value, the complete sequence, and the number of recursive invocations of the
$ wsk action invoke fibonacci -p num 5 -b -r
"sequence": [1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8],
You can download it and check it out for yourself: fibonacci.js
Mapping actions to endpoints
Now, let’s examine how a specific action can be associated with an API endpoint/verb. From the OpenWhisk CLI, you must specify a base path, the api path (path component for the action), the verb (get, post, put, delete), and then the action. See more variations in the docs.
In this case, the base path is is
/api-demo/v1, the api path is
/fibonacci, the verb is
get, and the action is
$ wsk api-experimental create /api-demo/v1 /fibonacci get fibonacci
ok: created API /api-demo/v1/fibonacci GET for action /_/fibonacci
This exposed my fibonacci action as a get request for the URL shown directly above. You can check it out with different fibonacci values here:
Parameters that are passed via the query string will be available in the
args object passed into the action’s
main function. For example, a query string parameter
?num=10 will be passed into your OpenWhisk args as:
View the fibonacci links above to see how I am passing data into this API endpoint.
If you haven’t already, be sure to download the latest command line interface. For additional information, be sure to check out the docs within the OpenWhisk project’s repo, and you can always run
wsk api-experimental —help for ore detail in the CLI. Keep in mind, this is an early, experimental feature that provides users an early opportunity to try it out and provide feedback. We’ve already received several enhancement requests, but definitely let the team know if there are other things you’d like to see added.
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