# BioPerl module for Bio::WebAgent
# Please direct questions and support issues to <bioperl-l@bioperl.org> 
# Cared for by Heikki Lehvaslaiho, heikki-at-bioperl-dot-org
# For copyright and disclaimer see below.

# POD documentation - main docs before the code

=head1 NAME

Bio::WebAgent - A base class for Web (any protocol) access


  # This is a abstract superclass for bioperl modules accessing web
  # resources - normally you do not instantiate it but one of its
  # subclasess.


This abstract superclass is a subclass of L<LWP::UserAgent> which
allows protocol independent access of remote locations over
the Net.

It takes care of error handling, proxies and various net protocols.
BioPerl classes accessing the net should inherit from it.  For details,
see L<LWP::UserAgent>.

The interface is still evolving. For now, two public methods have been
copied from Bio::DB::WebDBSeqI: delay() and delay_policy. These are
used to prevent overwhelming the server by rapidly repeated . Ideally
there should be a common abstract superclass with these. See L<delay>.

=head1 SEE ALSO



=head2 Mailing Lists

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Bioperl modules. Send your comments and suggestions preferably to
the Bioperl mailing list.  Your participation is much appreciated.

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=head2 Support 

Please direct usage questions or support issues to the mailing list:


rather than to the module maintainer directly. Many experienced and 
reponsive experts will be able look at the problem and quickly 
address it. Please include a thorough description of the problem 
with code and data examples if at all possible.

=head2 Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to the Bioperl bug tracking system to help us keep track
of the bugs and their resolution. Bug reports can be submitted via the


=head1 AUTHOR

Heikki Lehvaslaiho, heikki-at-bioperl-dot-org


Copyright (c) 2003, Heikki Lehvaslaiho and EMBL-EBI.
All Rights Reserved.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the same terms as Perl itself.


This software is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind.


The rest of the documentation details each of the object
methods. Internal methods are usually preceded with a _


# Let the code begin...

package Bio::WebAgent;
$Bio::WebAgent::VERSION = '1.7.8';
use strict;

use base qw(LWP::UserAgent Bio::Root::Root);

sub new {
	my $class = shift;

        # We make env_proxy the default here, but it can be 
        # over-ridden by $self->env_proxy later,
        # or by new(env_proxy=>0) at constructor time
	my $self = $class->SUPER::new(env_proxy => 1);

	while( @_ ) {
		my $key = shift;
		$key =~ s/^-//;
		my $value = shift;
		$self->can($key) || next;

	return $self; # success - we hope!


# -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

=head2 url

 Usage   : $agent->url
 Returns : URL to reach out to Net
 Args    : string


sub url { 
   my ($self,$value) = @_;
   if( defined $value) {
		$self->{'_url'} = $value;
   return $self->{'_url'};

=head2 delay

 Title   : delay
 Usage   : $secs = $self->delay([$secs])
 Function: get/set number of seconds to delay between fetches
 Returns : number of seconds to delay
 Args    : new value

NOTE: the default is to use the value specified by delay_policy().
This can be overridden by calling this method, or by passing the
-delay argument to new().


sub delay {
   my ($self, $value) = @_;
   if ($value) {
       $self->throw("Need a positive integer, not [$value]")
           unless $value >= 0;
       $self->{'_delay'} = int $value;
   return $self->{'_delay'} || $self->delay_policy;

=head2 delay_policy

 Title   : delay_policy
 Usage   : $secs = $self->delay_policy
 Function: return number of seconds to delay between calls to remote db
 Returns : number of seconds to delay
 Args    : none

NOTE: The default delay policy is 3s.  Override in subclasses to
implement other delays.  The timer has only second resolution, so the delay
will actually be +/- 1s.


sub delay_policy {
   my $self = shift;
   return 3;

=head2 sleep

 Title   : sleep
 Usage   : $self->sleep
 Function: sleep for a number of seconds indicated by the delay policy
 Returns : none
 Args    : none

NOTE: This method keeps track of the last time it was called and only
imposes a sleep if it was called more recently than the delay_policy()


sub sleep {
   my $self = shift;
   if (time - $LAST_INVOCATION_TIME < $self->delay) {
      my $delay = $self->delay - (time - $LAST_INVOCATION_TIME);
      $self->debug("sleeping for $delay seconds\n");
      sleep $delay;