A nice trick that you can do with Orbit’s dispatcher is to write WSAPI filters, using the
dispatch_wsapi method. This method takes one function and one or more patterns, just like the other Orbit dispatch methods. If the
PATH_INFO matches any of the patterns Orbit’s dispatcher passes the unmodified WSAPI environment to the function, and just returns its results.
You can use this feature to easily add URL rewriting to any WSAPI application that does not depend on any feature of your web server, like “nice urls” for Sputnik. Th is a
sputnik.ws script that uses Orbit to rewrite URLs such as
http://server/sputnik.ws/?p=node/name, the format Sputnik expects:
NICE_URL in your Sputnik configuration to
BASE_URL .. '/wiki/' and you are set. Of course a trivial example like this could easily be done as a straight WSAPI application, but if you have more rewrite rules then using Orbit’s dispatcher will make your filter cleaner.