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A small library for sharing code between grimoire and lein-grim as well as other project interested in interacting with the Grimoire datastore or simply storing and retrieving Clojure source metadata. lib-grimoire privides a shared abstraction of a Clojure Maven entity and a set of operations on various backends for reading and writing data using these entities.


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Note that lib-grimoire is still pre-1.0.0, and as such is still in development and may undergo breaking changes. Please refer to the Changelog section. Note that the SemVer model is followed strictly. Upgrades between patches should be possible with no modifications to user code. Upgrades between minor versions until 1.0.0 may involve breaking changes and should be expected to break. After 1.0.0 upgrades between minor versions should be possible with no modifications to user code. IF I BREAK YOUR CODE let me know, I'll buy you a beer in penance and will get shit fixed.

Now on to the code itself.



Things are a structure used for uniquely naming versioned, vendored, platformed definitons and all parent structures thereof. Defined in grimoire.things docs as follows:

Thing     ::= Sum[Group, Artifact, Version, Platform, Namespace, Def];
Group     ::= Record[                   Name: String];
Artifact  ::= Record[Parent: Group,     Name: String];
Version   ::= Record[Parent: Artifact,  Name: String];
Platform  ::= Record[Parent: Version,   Name: String];
Namespace ::= Record[Parent: Platform,  Name: String];
Def       ::= Record[Parent: Namespace, Name: String];

"Things" form a singly directed child to parent graph. The various back end listing operations in grimoire.api docs provide downwards traversal of this graph by constructing children from parents.

Ex. 0

user> (require '[grimoire.things :as t])
user> (-> (t/->Group "org.clojure")
           (t/->Artifact "clojure"))
#g/t [:grimoire.things/artifact
       #g/t [:grimoire.things/group
             {:name "org.clojure",
              :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure"}),
       :name "clojure",
       :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure/clojure"}]
user> (map t/thing->name (result (api/list-versions config *1)))
("1.7.0-alpha4" "1.7.0-alpha3" "1.7.0-alpha2" "1.7.0-alpha1" "1.6.0" "1.5.0" "1.4.0")

Nodes in this graph may be arbitrarily reconstructed from URI strings via grimoire.things/path->thing docs.

Ex. 1

user> (t/path->thing "org.clojure-grimoire/lib-grimoire/0.8.2")
#g/t [:grimoire.things/version
       #g/t [:grimoire.things/artifact
              #g/t [:grimoire.things/group
                    {:name "org.clojure-grimoire",
                    :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire"}),
              :name "lib-grimoire",
              :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire/lib-grimoire"}],
            :name "0.8.2",
            :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire/lib-grimoire/0.8.2"}]

Note that doing so is not generally type safe and is thus to be avoided unless you have good reason for doing so such as comparative efficiency of doing a lookup.

The grimoire.things/thing->parent docs provides upwards traversal by walking to and returning the parent node. Using the same REPL from last time,

Ex. 2

user> (t/thing->parent *1)
#g/t [:grimoire.things/artifact
       #g/t [:grimoire.things/group
             {:name "org.clojure-grimoire",
              :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire"}],
       :name "lib-grimoire",
       :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire/lib-grimoire"}]

Every Thing can have attached metadata. For some Things such as Defs, this metadata includes line numbers, added artifact version, deprecated artifact version and soforth. Different back ends provide mechanisms for reading and writing metadata via grimoire.api/read-meta docs and grimoire.api/write-meta docs. Any Thing returned by the any part of the API must have metadata, even if it's the empty map (or nil), associated with it and accessible via read-meta. This contract is stated in the grimoire.api docs, and in the grimoire.api/read-meta documentation.

Ex. 3

user> (keys
             (t/path->thing "org.clojure/clojure/1.6.0/clj/clojure.core/for"))))
(:added :ns :name :file :type :src :column :line :macro :arglists :doc)

The documentation for write-meta includes a list of keys which are expected to be set.

In addition to the above "locator" Things, two more exist as of 0.8.

Note    ::= Record[Parent: Thing, Handle: String];
Example ::= Record[Parent: Thing, Handle: String];

Note things encode datastore dependent handles (the meaning of which is not guaranteed at all). Notes may be used to read a note, or write another Note text to the same "location". The same goes for Examples. These datums are only provisionally Things, as they could be attached to any arbitrary Thing as a parent. See the documentation of specific back ends for information on where examples and notes are supported. Examples are demanded only on Defs. Notes are demanded only on Σ[Artifact, Version, Platform, Ns, Def]. A back end may choose to extend these nodes to arbitrary parents.

Back ends

FS back end

This is back end ( docs, grimoire.api.fs.write docs) implements reading and writing on a filesystem datastore as used in Grimoire 0.4 and generated by lib-grimoire. Load the reader and writer as desired and then use the API exposed in grimoire.api as needed.

This back end uses a configuration value as such:

Ex. 4

=> (require '[grimoire.api.fs :refer [->Config]])
=> (->Config "resources/test/docs/"
#g/t [:grimoire.api.fs/Config
      {:docs     "resources/test/docs/",
       :notes    "resources/test/notes/",
       :examples "resources/test/examples/"}]

In the context of a configured Grimoire instance, the following would work:

Ex. 5

grimoire.web.views> (lib-grim-config)
#g/t [:grimoire.api.fs/Config
      {:docs "doc-store", :examples "notes-store", :notes "notes-store"}]

grimoire.web.views> (result (api/list-groups (lib-grim-config)))
(#g/t [:grimoire.things/group {:name "org.clojure", :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure"}]
 #g/t [:grimoire.things/group {:name "org.clojure-grimoire", :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire"}])

grimoire.web.views> (result (api/list-artifacts (lib-grim-config) (second *1)))
(#g/t [:grimoire.things/artifact
        #g/t [:grimoire.things/group
              {:name "org.clojure-grimoire",
              :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire"}],
        :name "lib-grimoire",
        :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire/lib-grimoire"})])

grimoire.web.views> (result (api/list-versions (lib-grim-config) (first *1)))
(#g/t [:grimoire.things/version
        #g/t [:grimoire.things/artifact
               #g/t [:grimoire.things/group
                     {:name "org.clojure-grimoire",
                      :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire"}],
               :name "lib-grimoire",
               :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire/lib-grimoire"}],
               :name "0.6.4",
               :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire/lib-grimoire/0.6.4"}]
      #g/t [:grimoire.things/version
             #g/t [:grimoire.things/artifact
                     #g/t [:grimoire.things/group
                           {:name "org.clojure-grimoire",
                           :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire"}],
                     :name "lib-grimoire",
                     :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire/lib-grimoire"}],
             :name "0.6.3",
             :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire/lib-grimoire/0.6.3"}])

Another cool feature of the Grimoire API is that it features a crude (and very alpha) searching engine.

The search datastructure DSL is as follows:

  • Strings match Things with names equal to that string
  • Regexes match Things with names matching that regex
  • Sets match Things such that they contain the name of the Thing
  • Functions match Things such that they return boolean truth on that Thing.
  • Nil matches any Thing.

The query itself is formatted as a vector starting with one of

#{:def :ns :platform :artifact :version :group}`

And having N terms where N is the number of URL path elements for a Thing of the corresponding type.

Ex. 6

;; Find the Clojure/Core group via search
grimoire.web.views> (api/search (lib-grim-config)
                                [:group "org.clojure"])
#g/t [:grimoire.either/Succeess {:result (#g/t [:grimoire.things/group {:name "org.clojure", :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure"}])}]

;; How many defs are in Clojure 1.6?
grimoire.web.views> (count (result (api/search (lib-grim-config) [:def nil nil "1.6.0" nil nil nil])))

;; How many defs are in the clj platform?
grimoire.web.views> (count (result (api/search (lib-grim-config) [:def nil nil nil "clj" nil nil])))
;; this took a few seconds :P

;; How many defs are in alpha artifacts?
grimoire.web.views> (count (result (api/search (lib-grim-config) [:def nil nil #".*?alpha.*" nil nil nil])))

;; How many different artifacts define "update"?
grimoire.web.views> (count (result (api/search (lib-grim-config) [:def nil nil nil nil nil "update"])))

Grimoire back end

The http API exposed by Grimoire is backed by an instance of lib-grimoire on the server side, so it only mades sense for me to dogfood the Grimoire datastore out over the same interface used internally. The Grimoire back end ( docs) provides full, read only access to the datastore behind Grimoire using EDN as the data interchange format and clojure.edn/read-string for the reader. Lib-grimore does not use a HTTP request client to implement this feature, instead relying only on clojure.core/slurp in the name of being lightweight.

This back end uses a configuration map as such:

Ex. 7

user> (require '[grimoire.api.web :refer [->Config]])
user> (->Config "")
#g/t [:grimoire.api.fs/Config
 {:host ""}]

:host is expected to be the Grimoire base URL, but is variable and can be pointed anywhere. Note that host string must include a protocol specifier, and must not end with "/".

Rate limiting may be applied to this API on the server side in future in the form of failing requests.

So if you wanted to use the live Grimoire site as a data source for instance:

Ex. 8

user> (grimoire.api.web/->Config "")
#g/t [:grimoire.api.web/Config
      {:host ""}]
user> (api/list-groups *1)
#g/t [:grimoire.either/Succeess
       (#g/t [:grimoire.things/group
              {:name "org.clojure",
               :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure"}]
        #g/t [:grimoire.things/group
              {:name "org.clojure-grimoire",
               :grimoire.things/url "org.clojure-grimoire"}])}]

If you want to forge links to Grimoire documentation, or for an API request against a Grimoire instance, then the functions grimoire.api.web/make-html-url and grimoire.api.web/make-api-url are your friends.

Ex. 9

user> (grimoire.api.web/->Config "")
#g/t [:grimoire.api.web/Config
      {:host ""}]

;; Forge a html link to the documentation of the org.clojure-grimoire group
user> (->> (grimoire.api/list-groups *1)
           (grimoire.api.web/make-html-url *1))

;; Forge an API request to the metadata of the org.clojure-grimoire group
user> (as-> (grimoire.api/list-groups *2) v
            (grimoire.either/result v)
            (first v)
            (grimoire.api.web/make-api-url *2 v "meta"))

These two functions are the only supported interface for generating links to Grimoire. Future versions of Grimoire promise backwards compatibility for the URLs generated by old versions of these functions. However URL scheme changes may occur at any time, and these functions are the only maintained URL forging implementations. Note that they are heavily used within Grimoire as of 0.4.12 for exactly this reason.



  • Dropped the dependency on version-clj to resolve sorting issues with build qualifiers.
  • Upgraded to guten-tag 0.1.4
  • Deleted grimoire.things/thing->relative-path, depended on guten-tag < 1.3, not used.
  • Deleted grimoire.things/thing->root-to, depended on guten-tag < 1.3, not used.
  • Broke and fixed the version sorting order on grimoire.api/list-versions.
  • Added support for _DOT_ and _SLASH_ munging.
  • Fixed #26.


  • Added grimoire.things/thing->url-path for cases when Things must be URL or path safe.
  • Added grimoire.things/url-path->thing to complement grimoire.things/thing->url-path.
  • [BREAKING] Switched to using augmented url encoding for munging in the filesystem, web backends. Note that the character '.' is encoded to '%2E', not to '.'. This is done to ensure that the symbols clojure.core/. and clojure.core/.. map to path meaningful strings.
  • grimoire.things/->Example, grimoire.things/->Note now take a "name" string as the 2nd argument.
  • grimoire.things/thing->name no longer objects to an Example or Note instance.
  • grimoire.api.web/make-api-url added.
  • grimoire.api.web/make-html-url added.
  • grimoire.things/thing->type-name added.
  • grimoire.things/thing->full-uri added.
  • grimoire.things/full-uri->thing added.
  • grimoire.things/thing->short-string added.
  • grimoire.things/thing->url-path refactored in terms of core.match.
  • grimoire.things refactored to use me.arrdem/guten-tag.
  • grimoire.things/thing->path now uses grimoire.things/thing->url-path under the hood.
  • grimoire.things now uses me.arrdem/guten-tag under the hood.
  • grimoire.either now uses me.arrdem/guten-tag under the hood.
  • grimoire.api/search added.


  • Things are now encoded using Detritus' tagged values system.
  • Examples have been added to the Things structure.
  • Notes have been added to the Things structure.
  • grimoire.api/list-examples added.
  • grimoire.api/list-notes added.
  • grimoire.api/read-example added.
  • grimoire.api/read-note added.
  • grimoire.api/read-notes reimplemented as the compose of list-notes and read-note.
  • Refactor grimoire.api so that the intentional API consists of fns with the same names as the previous multimethod API guarding renamed multimethods with contract preconditions.
  • Refactor grimoire.api.fs.* to make use of grimoire.api.fs/->Config (a Detritus tagged val) as it's configuration ctor and dispatch value.
  • Refactor grimoire.api.fs.* to extend the renamed multimethods.
  • Refactor grimoire.api.web.* to make use of grimoire.api.web/->Config (a Detritus tagged val) as it's configuration ctor and dispatch value.
  • Refactor grimoire.api.web.* to extend the renamed multimethods.
  • Refactor the various grimoire.things/thing->T parent traversals to provide assertion coverage guarding against nil results.
  • Refactor the various grimoire.things/T? predicates to reflect the updated type graph structure.
  • Fix logic inversion bug in
  • Extend README significantly with examples & documentation.


  • The :parent of a Namespace is now a Platform not a Version as it was previously. This change allows for the Thing structure to losslessly encode namespaces and defs across both Clojure and ClojureScript. Note that support is provided for Clojure, ClojureScript, Pixie, Oxlang and Toccata and that this set may be extended without breaking changes.


Note that the tests assume an instance of Grimoire 0.4 or later running on Patches, PRs and issues welcome. No CA required.


Copyright © 2014-Present Reid "arrdem" McKenzie

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