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Tuck is a micro framework for building Reagent apps that have a clean separation of view code and event processing code. View components in tuck are just pure functions without any magic.

Tuck defines a protocol for events and how they are processed and provides a simple way to send events from UI code to be processed.

Tuck can be used at any level (not just at the app root): simply pass tuck a reagent atom and a component.

Tuck is heavily inspired by Petrol but is even lighter and has no dependencies (aside form Reagent itself).


See the codox generated API documentation.

The entrypoint to tuck is the tuck.core/tuck reagent component which takes your app state (a ratom) and your root component as arguments. Tuck will create a control handle and call your root component with the it and the current dereferenced value of the app state. The control handle is used to dispatch events for processing and is typically called e!. All changes to app state are done by event processing and must be sent through the control handle.

Minimal example

This is a minimal example that shows how to use tuck. Normally you would want to separate your view code and your event definitions to separate name spaces.

(ns tuck-example.core
  (:require [reagent.core :as r]
            [tuck.core :as t :refer-macros [define-event]]))

(define-event UpdateName [new-name]
  {:path [:name]}

(defn my-root-component [e! {:keys [name :as app]]
  [:input {:value name
           :on-change #(e! (->UpdateName (-> % .-target .-value)))}])

(def app-state (r/atom {}))

(defn main []
  (r/render [t/tuck app-state my-root-component]
            (.getElementById js/document "app")))

Defining events

Events are anything that implement the tuck.core/Event protocol. The protocol defines a single method called process-event that takes the event and the current value of the app state and produces a new app state.

You can define your events as records and define the implementation separately with extend-protocol or use the convenience macro define-event which defines the event record and the processing code. The define-event macro has an option called :path which is a vector defining a path in the app state where the update should take place. If no path is defined, the root app state is passed.

Sometimes events just need to assoc a value somewhere in the app state, there is a further convenience macro called define-assoc-events which takes alternating names and app state paths.

Asynchronous events

An application will most likely need some asynchronous events to communicate with servers or set timeouts. This can be done by using tuck.core/send-async! which must be called within event processing code. The send-async! function takes an event constructor and optional arguments and returns a callback that will create and and apply the event when called.

You can use send-async! to create callbacks to pass to XHR calls.

;; Simple async example
(define-event FetchThings
  ;; Launch an XHR call and set events events as callbacks
  (GET! "/fetch-things" {:on-success (t/send-async! ->FetchThingsResponse)
                         :on-failure (t/send-async! ->ServerError)})
  ;; Return new app state
  (assoc app :fetching-things? true))


Version 20180722

  • Changed: improved docstrings (no code changes)

Version 20180721

  • Added: define-assoc-events convenience macro

Version 20180327

  • Added: debugger supports watches
  • Fixed: debugger state handling improvements

Version 0.4.4 (2018-03-01)

  • Added: new (somewhat) experimental define-event macro for defining the record and implementation in one go

Version 0.4.3 (2017-10-20)

  • Performance improvement: Evaluate options once during component creation.

Version 0.4.2 (2017-10-09)

  • Bugfix: Fix binding of current-send-function

Version 0.4.1 (2017-06-28)

Minor fix release

  • change clojure.spec namespaces to .alpha suffixed
  • allow 0 or more args to send-async! fn (#4)

Version 0.4 (2017-04-19)

Support clojure.spec validation of app state. Add options map as 3rd argument that can specify new options:

  • :spec
  • :on-invalid-state


Clone this repo and run "lein figwheel dev" in the examples folder.