DIME::Payload(3) implementation of a payload of a DIME message


# Create a standard DIME message from an existing file
# and a string
use DIME::Payload;
$payload1 = DIME::Payload->new();
$payload1->attach(Path => 'existingfile.jpg',
MIMEType => 'image/jpeg',
Dynamic => 1);
$payload2 = DIME::Payload->new();
my $data = 'Hello World!!!';
$payload2->attach(Data => \$data,
MIMEType => 'text/plain');
my $message = DIME::Message->new();


DIME::Payload represents the content of DIME message. A message is composed of one or many Payload objects.

There are two types of DIME payloads: chunked and not chunked. A DIME message that isn't chunked has only one record with all the Payload content. A chunked message is splited in several records, allowing to sender and receiver process the content without know the total size of this.


To create a chunked message you have to specify the Chunked key:

        # This create a dynamic payload with records of 16384 bytes
        my $payload = DIME::Payload->new();
        $payload->attach(Path => 'bigfile.avi',
                         Chunked => 16384,
                         Dynamic => 1);
        # You can encode all the payload at once:
        my $dime_encoded_message = ${$payload->print_data()};
        # Or, if you prefer, you can generate each chunk
        my $ret;
                $chunk = ${$payload->print_chunk_data()};
        } while ($chunk ne '');

The Dynamic key is used to avoid load all the file in memory. What DIME::Payload does is to open the file and, when it need more content, read from the file. If you don't set the Dynamic key, all the data is loaded in memory.


To specify the type of content of a Payload, you should use the MIMEType and URIType keys:

        # MIME media-type
        my $payload = DIME::Payload->new();
        $payload->attach(Path => 'image.jpg',
                         MIMEType => 'image/jpeg');
        # absolute URI 
        my $payload = DIME::Payload->new();
        $payload->attach(Path => 'message.xml',
                         URIType => 'http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/');


When you create a new Payload, a unique identifier is generated automatically. You can get/set it with the id() method:

        my $payload = DIME::Payload->new();
        print $payload->id();


Domingo Alcazar Larrea, <[email protected]>


Copyright (C) 2004 Domingo Alcázar Larrea

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