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ApiScript is a declarative programming language for creating stateless Web APIs with ease. The syntax is built around HTTP verbs and paths and it allows very easily describing an API.

In ApiScript a function is basically an API endpoint, which is described by a HTTP verb, route and implmentation.

A simple hello world program looks like this:

GET / => "Hello World!";

The meaning of which is to expose the string content "Hello World!" for all requests that match the GET / routing pattern.

Stateless by design

Being stateless simplifies API development and makes it API infinitely scalable. This allows a simple delcarative syntax where the implementation can be done using a series of pipes. This also makes it trivial to parallelize.

Each endpoint is implemented by a pipeline. The request is piped through operators which modify the response content.

GET /users => select users(id,name) | limit 10 | format json

Built-in ORM

State still needs to be stored somewhere for a API, ApiScripts' state management is completely delegated to databases (or external services).

Within the language is possible to form queries using the operators which will be translated to a query.

table users {                                       // CREATE TABLE users (
    id: pk int;                                     //     id INT PRIMARY KEY,
    name: str;                                      //     name VARCHAR,
    password: str;                                  //     password VARCHAR,
    is_organisation_admin: bool;                    //     is_organisation_admin BOOL,
    is_database_admin: bool;                        //     is_database_admin BOOL)

GET /users => 
    // SELECT,, users.is_organisation_admin, users.is_database_admin,,
    // FROM users INNER JOIN organisations ON users.organisation =;
    select users(id, name, is_organisation_admin, is_database_admin, organisation(id, name)) | format json;

Ready for Web (development)

Declare a few routes and get a web server up and running ready for development purposes in a few minutes.

GET / => "<a href='version'>version</a><br/><a href='hello'>hello</a>";

GET /hello => "Hello World!";

GET /version => "1.0";

Implementation Notes

This implementation is written in Python for easy development. It is not intended to be used in production - a production implementation would be compiled rather than interpreted, and be written in a more performant language, like C++.

Several intended features are missing from this implementation due to time constraints.

How to run?

First check out the examples folder:

Edit to select which example to run. Some self-tests are also automatically run. Their purpose is to validate implementation. They can be commented out so that only the examples run.

Feel free to poke around in the examples.