Typesafe HTTP requests with lenses
Example showing how to create and apply lenses to requests and responses to both extract and inject typesafe values out of and into HTTP messages. Note that since the http4k
Request/Response objects are immutable, all injection occurs via copy.
compile group: "org.http4k", name: "http4k-core", version: "3.144.0"
Errors in extracting Lenses are propagated as exceptions which are caught and handled by the
Using custom "Result" ADTs
An alternative approach to using Exceptions to automatically produce
BadRequests is to use an Either-type structure, and this would be easy to implement - but the lack of an in-built Result/Either type in the standard Kotlin library means that we
don't have a single representation to use without shackling ourselves to another Either-containing library such as Arrow or Result4k.
Additionally, the lack of Higher Kinded Types in Kotlin means that we are unable to provide a generic method for converting standard lenses. However, it is easy to implement an extension method to use in specific use cases.
Below is an example which uses a custom Result ADT - this will work for all extraction Lenses that you define: