May 26, 2018

Perl module for developing Z39.50 servers

SimpleServer is a Perl module which is intended to make it as simple as possible to develop new Z39.50 servers over any type of database imaginable. All you have to do is implement a function for initialising your database optional, searching the database, and returning “database records” on request. The module takes care of everything else and automatically starts a server for you, listens to incoming connections, and implements the Z39.50 protocol. It couldn’t really be easier.

SimpleServer is based on the popular YAZ toolkit which means it is robust, efficient, widely portable, and it interoperates with all known Z39.50 clients.

Use SimpleServer together with other Perl modules to provide gateways to relational databases, local file stores, SOAP/RDF-servers, etc.

SimpleServer currently supports the Init, Search, Present, Scan and Close services.

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