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Sometimes, while making tasty computer programs, one needs a place to store labeled containers of data. Spicerack is that kind of place.

This library is a Clojure wrapper for MapDB — a fast, disk-persistent data-structures library. Like many Clojure wrappers around Java libraries, this one is incomplete. MapDB supports several data structures (Map, Set and List, implemented with trees and hashes), and can do fun things with them, like creating a hash table that acts as a cache with automatic eviction and change listeners. This wrapper doesn't support any of that. It just provides an idiomatic way to store something like a Clojure hash-map on disk.

I plan to add the other data types over time, as I need them for my own projects. In the meantime, these features are well-tested, deployed in production, and quite useful.


[spicerack "0.1.6"]

There are only a handful of functions in this wrapper. It provides open-database and close (though it's best to use clojure's with-open macro to handle closing), assoc!, dissoc!, and update! for mutation, on top of which clojure.core's get function can be used to access the value of a given key.

(require '[spicerack.core :refer [open-database open-hashmap assoc! update!]])

(with-open [db (open-database "./baking-db")]
  (let [ingredients (open-hashmap db "ingredient-hashmap")]
    (assoc! ingredients :apple-pie [:flour :butter :sugar :apples])
    ;;=> [:flour :butter :sugar :apples]
    (update! ingredients :apple-pie conj :cinnamon)))
    ;;=> [:flour :butter :sugar :apples :cinnamon]

In addition, Spicerack's hash-map implementation can be used like a normal Clojure hash-map with sequence functions such as map and reduce:

(with-open [db (open-database test-filename)]
  (let [hm (open-hashmap db "test-hashmap")]
    (doseq [[a b] (map vector (range 10) (range 0 1.0 0.1))]
      (assoc! hm a b))

    (get hm 1)
    ;;=> 0.1

    (get hm 47 :hi)
    ;;=> :hi

    (reduce (fn [acc [k v]] (+ acc v)) 0 hm)
    ;;=> 4.5

    (reduce (fn [acc [k v]] (+ acc k)) 0 hm)
    ;;=> 45

    (mapv (fn [[k v]]
            {:key k
             :val v})
    [{:key 0, :val 0}
     {:key 8, :val 0.7999999999999999}
     {:key 5, :val 0.5}
     {:key 3, :val 0.30000000000000004}
     {:key 2, :val 0.2}
     {:key 6, :val 0.6}
     {:key 7, :val 0.7}
     {:key 1, :val 0.1}
     {:key 9, :val 0.8999999999999999}
     {:key 4, :val 0.4}]))

Note that returning a lazy sequence from inside of a with-open block, then trying to realize that sequence outside of the block, will cause an exception to be thrown.

There are more examples in the test suite. In additon, there is automatically generated codox API documentation here.


Copyright © 2016-2019 Jack Rusher

Distributed under the Eclipse Public License either version 1.0 or (at your option) any later version.


A Clojure wrapper for MapDB, which is a fast, disk-persistent data-structures library.





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