Bio::DB::Query WebQuery
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Bio::DB::Query::WebQuery - Helper class for web-based sequence queryies
Package variables
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Included modules
Bio::DB::QueryI Bio::Root::Root
  # Do not use this class directly.  See Bio::DB::QueryI and one of
# the implementor classes (such as Bio::DB::GenBankQuery) for
# information.
See Bio::DB::QueryI, Bio::DB::GenBankQuery
Do not use this class directly. See Bio::DB::QueryI and one of the
implementor classes (such as Bio::DB::Query::GenBank) for information.
Those writing subclasses must define _get_params() and
_parse_response(), and possibly override _request_method().
Methods description
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 Title   : new
Usage : $db = Bio::DB::WebQuery->new(@args)
Function: create new query object
Returns : new query object
Args : -db database (e.g. 'protein')
-ids array ref of ids (overrides query)
-verbose turn on verbose debugging
This method creates a new query object. Typically you will specify a
-db and a -query argument. The value of -query is a database-specific
If you provide an array reference of IDs in -ids, the query will be
ignored and the list of IDs will be used when the query is passed to
the database.
 Title   : ua
Usage : my $ua = $self->ua or
Function: Get/Set a LWP::UserAgent for use
Returns : reference to LWP::UserAgent Object
Args : $ua - must be a LWP::UserAgent
 Title   : proxy
Usage : $httpproxy = $db->proxy('http') or
$db->proxy(['http','ftp'], 'http://myproxy' )
Function: Get/Set a proxy for use of proxy
Returns : a string indicating the proxy
Args : $protocol : an array ref of the protocol(s) to set/get
$proxyurl : url of the proxy to use for the specified protocol
$username : username (if proxy requires authentication)
$password : password (if proxy requires authentication)
 Title   : authentication
Usage : $db->authentication($user,$pass)
Function: Get/Set authentication credentials
Returns : Array of user/pass
Args : Array or user/pass
 Title   : ids
Usage : @ids = $db->ids([@ids])
Function: get/set matching ids
Returns : array of sequence ids
Args : (optional) array ref with new set of ids
 Title   : query
Usage : $query = $db->query([$query])
Function: get/set query string
Returns : string
Args : (optional) new query string
 Title   : _fetch_ids
Usage : @ids = $db->_fetch_ids
Function: run query, get ids
Returns : array of sequence ids
Args : none
 Title   : _run_query
Usage : $success = $db->_run_query
Function: run query, parse results
Returns : true if successful
Args : none
 Title   : _truncated
Usage : $flag = $db->_truncated([$newflag])
Function: get/set truncation flag
Returns : boolean
Args : new flag
Some databases will truncate output unless explicitly asked
not to. This flag allows a "two probe" attempt.
 Title   : _get_request
Usage : $http_request = $db->_get_request(@params)
Function: create an HTTP::Request with indicated parameters
Returns : HTTP::Request object
Args : CGI parameter list
 Title   : _parse_response
Usage : $db->_parse_response($content)
Function: parse out response
Returns : empty
Args : none
Throws : 'unparseable output exception'
NOTE: This method must be implemented by subclass.
 Title   : _request_parameters
Usage : ($method,$base,@params = $db->_request_parameters
Function: return information needed to construct the request
Returns : list of method, url base and key=>value pairs
Args : none
NOTE: This method must be implemented by subclass.
 Title   : _generate_id_string
Usage : $string = $db->_generate_id_string
Function: joins IDs together in string (implementation-dependent)
Returns : string of concatenated IDs
Args : array ref of ids (normally passed into the constructor)
NOTE: This method must be implemented by subclass.
Methods code
sub new {
  my $class = shift;
  my $self  = $class->SUPER::new(@_);

  my ($query,$ids,$verbose) = $self->_rearrange(['QUERY','IDS','VERBOSE'],@_);
  $self->throw('must provide one of the the -query or -ids arguments')
    unless defined($query) || defined($ids);
  if ($ids) {
    $query = $self->_generate_id_string($ids);
  $verbose && $self->verbose($verbose);

  my $ua = new LWP::UserAgent(env_proxy => 1);
  $ua->agent(ref($self) ."/".($Bio::DB::Query::WebQuery::VERSION || '0.1'));
  $self->{'_authentication'} = [];
sub ua {
   my ($self, $ua) = @_;
   my $d = $self->{'_ua'};
   if( defined $ua && $ua->isa("LWP::UserAgent") ) {
      $self->{'_ua'} = $ua;
sub proxy {
    my ($self,$protocol,$proxy,$username,$password) = @_;
    return undef if ( !defined $self->ua || !defined $protocol 
		      || !defined $proxy );
    $self->authentication($username, $password) 	
	if ($username && $password);
    return $self->ua->proxy($protocol,$proxy);
sub authentication {
   my ($self,$u,$p) = @_;

   if( defined $u && defined $p ) {
       $self->{'_authentication'} = [ $u,$p];
   return @{$self->{'_authentication'}};
sub ids {
  my $self = shift;
  if (@_) {
    my $d = $self->{'_ids'};
    my $arg = shift;
    $self->{'_ids'} = ref $arg ? $arg : [$arg];
    return $d ? @$d : ();
  } else {
    return @{$self->{'_ids'} || []};
sub query {
  my $self = shift;
  my $d    = $self->{'_query'};
  $self->{'_query'} = shift if @_;
sub _fetch_ids {
  my $self = shift;
  $self->_run_query(1) if $self->_truncated;
  $self->throw('Id list has been truncated even after maxids requested')
    if $self->_truncated;
  return @{$self->{'_ids'}} if $self->{'_ids'};
sub _run_query {
  my $self   = shift;
  my $force  = shift;

  # allow the query to be run one extra time if truncated
return $self->{'_ran_query'} if $self->{'_ran_query'}++ && !$force; my $request = $self->_get_request; $self->debug("request is ".$request->url."\n"); my $response = $self->ua->request($request); return unless $response->is_success; $self->debug("response is ".$response->content."\n"); $self->_parse_response($response->content); 1;
sub _truncated {
  my $self = shift;
  my $d = $self->{'_truncated'};
  $self->{'_truncated'} = shift if @_;
sub _get_request {
  my $self   = shift;
  my ($method,$base,@params) = $self->_request_parameters;
  my $uri = URI->new($base);
  my $request;
  if ($method eq 'get') {
    $request = GET $uri;
  } else {
    $request = POST $uri,\@params;

	if $self->authentication;
sub _parse_response {
  my $self    = shift;
  my $content = shift;
sub _request_parameters {
  my $self = shift;
sub _generate_id_string {
  my $self = shift;

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