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Functions for recursively converting Java beans to Clojure and vice versa. Future home of Java beans and properties support from the old clojure-contrib

Releases and Dependency Information

Latest stable release: 0.2.0


[org.clojure/ "0.2.0"]



Example Usage

(require '[ :as j])

;; construct YourJavaClass instance from Clojure data structure
;; (usually a Clojure hash map of properties to set on the instance):
(j/to-java YourJavaClass clojure-property-map)

;; represent a javaValue instance in a Clojure data structure:
(j/from-java javaValue)

;; populate javaValue instance from a Clojure property hash map
;; (calls a setter for each key/value pair in the hash map):
(j/set-properties javaValue clojure-property-map)

;; provide constructor arguments via metadata:
(j/to-java YourJavaClass
  (with-meta clojure-property-map
    {::j/constructor ["constructor" "arguments"]}))
;; constructor arguments must match the parameter types
;; so you may need type hints and coercions on them

Representing an instance of YourJavaClass in a Clojure data structure

(defmethod j/from-java YourJavaClass [instance]
  ; your custom logic for turning this instance into a clojure data structure

Constructing an instance of YourJavaClass from a Clojure data structure

(defmethod j/to-java [YourJavaClass clojure.lang.APersistentMap] [clazz props]
  ; your custom logic for constructing an instance from a property map

Usage with Builder Classes

As of 0.2.0, adds a new namespace and a new to-java function that supports the Builder Pattern. Instead of just creating an instance of the specified class and then setting properties on it, this variant works with an associated "builder" class (or instance), setting properties on it, and then producing an instance of the specified class from it.

In Java, that typically looks like:

MyClass foo = new MyClass.Builder()
                .bar( 42 )
                .quux( "stuff" )

That becomes:

(require '[ :as builder])

(def foo (builder/to-java MyClass {:bar 42 :quux "stuff"}))

By default, this assumes MyClass has a nested class called Builder, and the property methods could be .bar, .setBar, or .withBar, and then a .build method that produces the MyClass object.

You can also specify an options hash map containing any of the following:

  • :builder-class -- the class that should be used for the builder process; by default it will assume an inner class of clazz called Builder,
  • :builder-props -- properties used to construct and initialize an instance of the builder class; defaults to an empty hash map; may have as metadata to provide constructor arguments for the builder instance,
  • :build-fn -- the name of the method in the Builder class to use to complete the builder process and return the desired class; by default it will try to deduce it, preferring build if we find multiple candidates,
  • :ignore-setters? -- a flag to indicate that methods on the builder class that begin with set should be ignored, which may be necessary to avoid ambiguous methods that look like builder properties; by default setFooBar and withQuuxIt will be treated as builder properties fooBar and quuxIt if they accept a single argument and return a builder instance.

Additional arities allow you to specify a builder instance, for cases where the builder is not simply constructed from a (nested) class, and both a builder class and a builder instance for more complex cases:

;; requires the options hash map, even if it is empty:
(builder/to-java MyClass (MyClass/builder) {:bar 42 :quux "stuff"} {})

;; for cases where the type of the builder instance differs from the actual
;; builder class that should be used for property method return types:
(builder/to-java MyClass MyClassBuilder (MyClass/builder) {:bar 42 :quux "stuff"} {})

Feature comparison to clojure.core/bean

Clojure core provides a bean function which has some overlap with Below is a more detailed comparison:

Dimension bean
find fields bean introspector bean introspector - "class"
depth 1 recursive without cycle detection
field names keyword keyword
extensibility none multimethod on class
special casing none arrays, iterable, maps, enums, Instant, SQLException, XMLGregorianCalendar
map keys unhandled untouched
exception defense none none

Developer Information

Change Log

  • Release 0.2.0 on 2020-01-02

    • Add to construct Java objects from builders using hash maps of properties JDATA-18.
  • Release 0.1.5 on 2019-12-20

    • Add set-properties to populate an existing object JDATA-15.
    • Add metadata support JDATA-16.
  • Release 0.1.4 on 2019-10-13

    • Fix Clojure hash map conversion problems JDATA-14 (problems introduced in 0.1.3)
  • Release 0.1.3 on 2019-10-13

    • Fix java.util.Map/Clojure hash map setter handling JDATA-6.
    • Fix Boolean conversion JDATA-10.
    • Fix SQLException handling JDATA-12.
  • Release 0.1.2 on 2019-10-12

    • Fix reflection warnings JDATA-2 and JDATA-13.
  • Release 0.1.1 on 2012-04-29

    • Initial release.
    • Clojure 1.2 compatibility.

Copyright and License

Copyright (c) Rich Hickey and contributors. All rights reserved.

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