conformist

Conformist allows you to define schemas to decode, validate and sanitize input data declaratively
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About

Conformist allows you to define schemas to decode, validate and sanitize input data declaratively. It comes with runtime types for primitive OCaml types such as int, string, bool and float but also Ptime.date, optional and custom types. Re-use business rules in validators and run it on the client side with js_of_ocaml. Arbitrary meta data can be stored in schemas which is useful to build functionality on top of conformist.

Typical use cases are enforcing invariants of models or user input sanitization.

In essence, conformist helps you to keep your runtime types/contracts in sync with your static types.

Installation

opam install conformist

In your dune file:

(executable
  (name app)
  (libraries
   ...
   conformist))

Usage

Let's look at an example.

type occupation =
  | Mathematician
  | Engineer

type user =
  { occupation : occupation
  ; email : string
  ; birthday : int * int * int
  ; nr_of_siblings : int
  ; comment : string option
  ; wants_premium : bool
  }

let user occupation email birthday nr_of_siblings comment wants_premium =
  { occupation; email; birthday; nr_of_siblings; comment; wants_premium }
;;

let occupation_decoder = function
  | "mathematician" -> Ok Mathematician
  | "engineer" -> Ok Engineer
  | _ -> Error "Unknown occupation provided"
;;

let occupation_encoder = function
  | Mathematician -> "mathematician"
  | Engineer -> "engineer"
;;

let user_schema =
  Conformist.(
    make
      Field.
        [ custom
            occupation_decoder
            occupation_encoder
            "occupation"
            ~meta:()
        ; string "email"
        ; date "birthday"
        ; int ~default:0 "nr_of_siblings"
        ; optional (string "comment")
        ; bool "wants_premium"
        ]
      user)
;;

  let input =
    [ "occupation", [ "engineer" ]
    ; "email", [ "test@example.com" ]
    ; "birthday", [ "2020-12-01" ]
    ; "nr_of_siblings", [ "3" ]
    ; "comment", [ "hello" ]
    ; "wants_premium", [ "true" ]
    ]

let user =
  Conformist.decode Schema.user_schema input

let validation_errors =
  Conformist.validate Schema.user_schema input

Try to delete/swap some lines of the list of fields, to change the constructor or the user type. The compiler forces you to keep these three things in sync.

Decoding doesn't validate the data, it just makes sure that the types are correct and translates strings to the correct static types.

Note that if decoding of a field fails, validation fails as well. Before a field is validated, it gets decoded.

Documentation

The documentation for the latest released version can be found here.

License

Copyright (c) 2020 Oxidizing Systems

Distributed under the MIT License. See LICENSE for more information.

Acknowledgements

The implementation of this project was inspired by archi and re-web.

Install
Published
08 Mar 2021
Sources
0.2.0.tar.gz
md5=7b09116430251ed48c7d21ac878cdcc3
sha512=8f562e8b54631bdcaab803348fa491b77cef95dff82ea0a01d9d0b88d9346261103123102aacd4fb1d7ab021b4f67ee602120239e08d09507a4247ecb5bce509
Dependencies
ppx_fields_conv
>= "v0.14.1" & with-test
ppx_deriving
>= "4.5" & with-test
alcotest
>= "1.2.3" & with-test
ocaml
>= "4.08.0"
dune
>= "2.4"
Reverse Dependencies
sihl
>= "0.1.5" & < "0.2.0" | >= "0.3.0~rc2" & < "0.4.0"