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The Validation(a, b) is a disjunction that's more appropriate for validating inputs, or any use case where you want to aggregate failures. Not only the Validation provides a better terminology for working with such cases (Failure and Success versus Left and Right), it also allows one to easily aggregate failures and successes as an Applicative Functor.


var Validation = require('data.validation')
var Success = Validation.Success
var Failure = Validation.Failure

// Functions that need to do validation return one of two cases:
//  -  A Success with the value they want to propagate.
//  -  Some value representing one or more failures, using a semigroup.
//     Lists are the more straight-forward semigroup, so we just use them
//     here.
function isPasswordLongEnough(a) {
  return a.length > 6?    Success(a)
  :      /* otherwise */  Failure(["Password must have more than 6 characters"])

function isPasswordStrongEnough(a) {
  return /[\W]/.test(a)?  Success(a)
  :      /* otherwise */  Failure(["Password must contain special characters"])

// To aggregate the failures, we start with a Success case containing
// a curried function of arity N (where N is the number of validations),
// and we just use an `.ap`-ply chain to get either the value our Success
// function ultimately returns, or the aggregated failures.
function isPasswordValid(a) {
  return Success(function(x){ return function(y){ return a }})

// => Validation.Failure([
//      "Password must have more than 6 characters.",
//      "Password must contain special characters."
//    ])

// => Validation.Failure([
//      "Password must contain special characters."
//    ])

// => Validation.Success("rosesarered$andstuff")


The easiest way is to grab it from NPM. If you're running in a Browser environment, you can use Browserify

$ npm install data.validation

Using with CommonJS

If you're not using NPM, Download the latest release, and require the data.validation.umd.js file:

var Validation = require('data.validation')

Using with AMD

Download the latest release, and require the data.validation.umd.js file:

require(['data.validation'], function(Validation) {
  ( ... )

Using without modules

Download the latest release, and load the data.validation.umd.js file. The properties are exposed in the global object:

<script src="/path/to/data.validation.umd.js"></script>

Compiling from source

If you want to compile this library from the source, you'll need Git, Make, Node.js, and run the following commands:

$ git clone git://
$ cd data.validation
$ npm install
$ make bundle

This will generate the dist/data.validation.umd.js file, which you can load in any JavaScript environment.


You can read the documentation online or build it yourself:

$ git clone git://
$ cd data.validation
$ npm install
$ make documentation

Then open the file docs/index.html in your browser.

Platform support

This library assumes an ES5 environment, but can be easily supported in ES3 platforms by the use of shims. Just include es5-shim :)


Copyright (c) 2013 Quildreen Motta.

Released under the MIT licence.