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Perl

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The Perl client is still in development. For now, you can do a raw POST inside your Perl code to call any algorithm:

Calling an algorithm in Perl

  
use LWP::UserAgent;

# get your API Key at http://algorithmia.com/user#credentials
my $api_key = 'YOUR_API_KEY';

# pick an algorithm at http://algorithmia.com/algorithms/ (and append a version number)
my $algo = 'util/Echo/0.2.1';

# most algorithms accept JSON Objects
my $post_data = '{ "hello": "world" }';

# prepare POST to algorithm endpoint
my $req = HTTP::Request->new(POST => 'http://api.algorithmia.com/v1/algo/'.$algo);
$req->header('content-type' => 'application/json');
$req->header('Authorization' => 'Simple '.$api_key);

# run the algorithm and get the results (usually a JSON-encoded string)
$req->content($post_data);
my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
my $resp = $ua->request($req);

# if the POST succeeds, the returned $resp->decoded_content will usually
# contain JSON with either a 'response' field or an 'error' field
# consider using JSON::Parse to decode: http://search.cpan.org/perldoc?JSON::Parse
if ($resp->is_success) {
    print $resp->decoded_content;
} else {
    print 'POST error: ', $resp->code, ': ', $resp->message;
}

Additional information

While most algorithms accept JSON Objects, you can also use Content-Type: text/plain for ones which require bare string input, or Content-Type: application/octet-stream for those that require a binary (such as an image file). Adjust the line beginning with my $post_data as needed.

Your account can make up to 80 Algorithmia requests at the same time (this limit can be raised if needed).

See the full cURL Client Guide and API Specification for additional details on calling algorithms and managing data with POSTs.