Functional way to handle errors in java
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result - Functional way to handle errors in java

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The inspiration for this project was the functional approach to error handling, such as in scala. The scala has types Either and Try.

The first one is more generic, it lets to use any type of error class. On the other hand, to handle an error, checking an instance of subclass (in scala with a pattern matting) or calling a method like isLeft() is required.

Try is a monad with fluent API, unfortunately there's no possibility to use a custom error class.

I prepare Result type which solves both problems. This type allow to have a custom error type and use fluent API with methods like map(), flatMap(), getOrElse() and so on.

Code example

double discount = 0.2;
double DEFAULT_PRICE = 100;
String priceInput = ""; // not validated input
double calcylatedPrice = Result.tryToDo(() -> Double.parseDouble(priceInput))
        .map(price -> price * discount)
        .peekError(error -> log.warn(error.getMessage()))