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This is a library for quickly bolting an admin REST API on to your long-running app. Specifically it's a library for specifying the URL structure of that API using nested Clojure literals. You pass a map literal specifying your API structure to get-rest-handler and it gives you back a handler of the kind you could then pass to Ring. Restfn doesn't depend on Ring, but it more or less assumes you do.

You add restfn to your app in more or less the usual way.

In Leiningen:

Latest Clojars version

In Maven:


Then within your project:

(ns your.ns
  (:use (restfn core)))

This will import one function, get-rest-handler, and one protocol, RestSerializable. Pass your map to get-rest-handler, and pass the result to Ring.

How does a map literal represent a URL structure? Well, you can probably partially guess, but it works a bit like this. You pass in an object implementing IFn, probably a map. Then the client sends in a URI. The URI is split into segments. Restfn applies your object to the first segment, then applies the result to the next segment, until there's no more, then returns the result.

So, observe:

  {"map" {"foo" "bar"}})

If you hit this handler at /map, you'll get the JSON-encoded map {"foo" "bar"}. If you hit it at /map/foo you'll get a JSON-encoding of the string "bar". Super-useful, right?

  {"stats" {"total" total-stats
            "worker" get-stats-for-worker}})

Let's say total-stats is some stats object for your app, it implements the RestSerializable protocol:

(defprotocol RestSerializable
  (rest-serialize [this]
   "Convert to something Cheshire can JSONify"))

and returns a map containing stats for your app. Let's say get-stats-for-worker is a similar function which takes a worker number and returns stats for that worker (either a map or a similar object implementing RestSerializable).

Then /stats/total will get you that map of total stats, and /stats/worker/3 will get you the stats for worker 3 (the "3" is transparently converted to int before being fed to the function).

  {"processing" {:delete stop-processing!
                 :post   start-processing!}})

This creates one endpoint, /processing. If you POST to it, it'll start up your app. If you DELETE it, it'll stop your app.

Restfn has a bit of extra smarts for handling java Maps and Lists. By extra smarts, I mean, if it can't apply an object to a segment, it'll try calling .get instead.

If your request causes an exception, you'll get a status code 500 and a traceback.

Functions in a {:post fn :delete fn :put fn} map can optionally take a parameter -- that parameter will be the request object. If you wrap your handler in middleware that enhances the request object, these fns will, of course, get the enhanced request.