Iterate over array from Python package in C

This article shows how to iterate over array from called technology.

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Custom Python package with array handling

With Javonet it is possible to reference any custom Python package and interact with arrays declared on types defined within that module almost the same as with any other C# library.

Snippet below represents the sample code from Python package that has methods which return or process the arrays:

def get_1d_array(self):
	return ["one", "two", "three", "four", "five"]

def get_2d_array(self):
	return [["S00", "S01"], ["S10","S11"]]

def add_array_elements_and_multiply(self, my_array, my_value):
	return sum(my_array) * my_value

Iterate array from Python package in C

With Javonet SDK it is possible to iterate over array from called technology and invoke methods on its elements.

// use Activate only once in your app
Javonet.Activate("your-license-key");

// create called runtime context
var calledRuntime = Javonet.InMemory().Python();

// set up variables
string libraryPath = resourcesDirectory;
string className = "TestClass.TestClass";

// load custom library
calledRuntime.LoadLibrary(libraryPath);

// get type from the runtime
var calledRuntimeType = calledRuntime.GetType(className).Execute();

// create type's instance
var instance = calledRuntimeType.CreateInstance(0, 1).Execute();

// invoke instance's method
var array = instance.InvokeInstanceMethod("get_1d_array").Execute();

// get array's size
int arraySize = (int)array.GetSize().Execute().GetValue();

// create local array and store elements in it
string[] arrayValues = new string[arraySize];
int i = 0;
foreach (var element in array)
{
	arrayValues[i] = (string)element.InvokeInstanceMethod("upper").Execute().GetValue();
	i++;
}

// write result to console
System.Console.WriteLine(string.Join("\t", arrayValues));

In the snippet above, get1DArray method is used to get reference to 1D array from Python package. This reference can be used to iterate over array's elements and optionally invoke methods on the elements.

The same operation can be performed remotely by just changing the new Runtime Context invocation from in memory to tcp that will create and interact with your Python package objects on any remote node, container or service that hosts Javonet Code Gateway. This way you can preserve the same logic in your application and instantly switch between monolithic and microservices architecture without the need to implement the integration layer based on web services or other remote invocation methods.

Read more about use cases and software architecture scenarios where Javonet runtime bridging technology can support your development process.