Passing array from C# as method argument to Python package

This article shows how to pass array as an argument.

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Custom Python package with method accepting array

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

With Javonet SDK it is possible to pass array as an argument to one of this method.

Passing array from C

// use Activate only once in your app

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

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

// load custom library

// 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 response = instance.InvokeInstanceMethod("add_array_elements_and_multiply", new double[] { 12.22, 98.22, -10.44 }, 9.99).Execute();

// get value from response
var result = (double)response.GetValue();

// write result to console

In the snippet above, addArrayElementsAndMultiply method needs array to be the first argument. Depending on called technology, the array may need to have a specific type, f. e. array of doubles. In this case, proper cast is needed before passing the array from C#.

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.

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