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Result Library for Java

If you seek advice... then this Java library is for you! Result objects have all the answers you need. Start by "asking the ball" a Yes or No question, then turn it over and let the answers magically appear. Results can be either positive ("Success") or negative ("Failure"). Great fun for software developers and adults alike. Colors and decorations may vary.

Result Library for Java

The purpose of this library is to provide a type-safe encapsulation of operation results that may have succeeded or failed, instead of throwing exceptions.

If you like Optional but feel that it sometimes falls too short, you'll love Result.

The best way to think of Result is as a super-powered version of Optional. The only difference is that whereas Optional may contain a successful value or express the absence of a value, Result contains either a successful value or a failure value that explains what went wrong.

Result objects have methods equivalent to those in Optional, plus a few more to handle failure values.
Optional Result
isPresent hasSuccess
isEmpty hasFailure
get getSuccess
orElse orElse
orElseGet orElseMap
stream streamSuccess
ifPresent ifSuccess
ifPresentOrElse ifSuccessOrElse
filter filter
map mapSuccess
flatMap flatMapSuccess
or flatMapFailure

Result Library in a Nutshell

Before Result, we would wrap exception-throwing foobar method invocation inside a try block so that errors can be handled inside a catch block.

public int getFoobarLength() {
    int length;
    try {
        final String result = foobar();
        length = result.length();
    } catch(SomeException problem) {
        length = -1;
    return length;

This approach is lengthy, and that's not the only problem -- it's also slow. Conventional wisdom says that exceptional logic shouldn't be used for normal program flow. Result makes us deal with expected, non-exceptional error situations explicitly as a way of enforcing good programming practices.

Let's now look at how the above code could be refactored if method foobar returned a Result object instead of throwing an exception:

public int getFoobarLength() {
    final Result<String, SomeFailure> result = foobar();
    result.ifSuccessOrElse(this::commit, this::rollback);
    final Result<Integer, SomeFailure> resultLength = result.mapSuccess(String::length);
    return resultLength.orElse(-1);

In the above example, we use only four lines of code to replace the ten that worked in the first example. But we can make it even shorter by chaining methods in typical functional programming style:

public int getFoobarLength() {
    return foobar().ifSuccessOrElse(this::commit, this::rollback).mapSuccess(String::length).orElse(-1);

In fact, since we are using -1 here just to signal that the underlying operation failed, we'd be better off returning a Result object upstream:

public Result<Integer, SomeFailure> getFoobarLength() {
    return foobar().ifSuccessOrElse(this::commit, this::rollback).mapSuccess(String::length);

This allows others to easily compose operations on top of ours, just like we did with foobar.

Getting Started

Please read the Quick Guide to know how to add this library to your build and further info about Result features.


This library adheres to Pragmatic Versioning.

Artifacts are available in Maven Central.


Here you can find the full Result API documentation.

Looking for Support?

We'd love to help. Check out the support guidelines.

Contributions Welcome

If you'd like to contribute to this project, please start here.

Code of Conduct

This project is governed by the Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct. By participating, you are expected to uphold this code.


Copyright 2022 Guillermo Calvo


This library is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use it except in compliance with the License.

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