Call python function from JS

I am trying to call a function in Python from my JavaScript code. I used the code explained here but it does not work for me.

Here is my JS code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<body>
<script type="text/javascript" src="d3/d3.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-2.1.4.min.js"></script>  
<script>
text ="xx";

$.ajax({
type: "POST",
url: "~/reverse_pca.py",
data: { param: text}
}).done(function(o) {
    console.log(data);
    console.log(text);
});

Python Code:

import csv
from numpy import genfromtxt
from numpy import matrix

def main():
    ...
    return x 
if __name__ == "__main__":
    x=main()
    return x;

Do you know what is wrong with it?

Answers:

Answer

Apart from the mentioned points and assuming you already have a proper setup to serve your python script and return the response. You should submit an asynchronous request, especially if the python code does some heavy computation.

function postData(input) {
    $.ajax({
        type: "POST",
        url: "/reverse_pca.py",
        data: { param: input },
        success: callbackFunc
    });
}

function callbackFunc(response) {
    // do something with the response
    console.log(response);
}

postData('data to process');

If you only do some light computation and you have no problem working with a code deprecated as of jQuery 1.8, go with the synchronous approach. This is not recommended as it blocks the main thread.

function runPyScript(input){
    var jqXHR = $.ajax({
        type: "POST",
        url: "/reverse_pca.py",
        async: false,
        data: { param: input }
    });

    return jqXHR.responseText;
}

// do something with the response
response= runPyScript('data to process');
console.log(response);

Read more about it here: How do I return the response from an asynchronous call? and http://api.jquery.com/jquery.ajax/

Answer

After searching for few hours, I ended up having the following, and it worked well. Hope this helps someone else in future.

HTML and JS code: loging.html:

<html>
 <head>
    <title>Flask Intro - login page</title>
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <link href="static/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen">
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery 2.1.4.min.js"></script>  
 </head>
 <body>
    <input id="submitbutton" type="submit" value="Test Send Data">
    <!----------------------------------->
    <script type="text/javascript">

    function runPyScript(input){
        var jqXHR = $.ajax({
            type: "POST",
            url: "/login",
            async: false,
            data: { mydata: input }
        });

        return jqXHR.responseText;
    }

    $('#submitbutton').click(function(){
        datatosend = 'this is my matrix';
        result = runPyScript(datatosend);
        console.log('Got back ' + result);
    });

</script>

Python code: app.py:

from flask import Flask, render_template, redirect, url_for,request
from flask import make_response
app = Flask(__name__)

@app.route("/")
def home():
    return "hi"
@app.route("/index")

@app.route('/login', methods=['GET', 'POST'])
def login():
   message = None
   if request.method == 'POST':
        datafromjs = request.form['mydata']
        result = "return this"
        resp = make_response('{"response": '+result+'}')
        resp.headers['Content-Type'] = "application/json"
        return resp
        return render_template('login.html', message='')

if __name__ == "__main__":
    app.run(debug = True)

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