While building Surfiki, our real-time data intelligence engine, we realized that the logic contained in any number of natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) binaries is locked up on a server, with no access to the web. What if we could pass input parameters to a binary and express the output as JSON via a RESTful endpoint?
Say hello to REBIN.
REBIN was created to facilitate a simple method of exposing CLI applications–regardless of their language–to the web. Much of our current NLP and ML research is written in C and C++ because these languages offer the advantages of speed and scale.
But REBIN isn’t limited to compiled executables: as long as you can flag a script with
+x you’re good to go! This means it’s easy to expose your R, Python, and Ruby libraries to an instant web service. With REBIN, we’ve included a visual dashboard where you can define your endpoints and executables. It’s trivial to create an endpoint:.think of REBIN as an instant web service for any binary or script.