A collection of utilities to ratify, validate and parse inputs.

About Ratify

Ratify is a collection of utilities to perform validation checks and parsing. The main intention of usage for this is in web-applications in order to check form inputs for correctness and automatically parse them into their proper representations or return meaningful errors.

How To

Ratify has a load of TEST-* functions, each accompanied by a predicate equivalent. The TEST-* functions will signal errors of type RATIFICATION-ERROR if the test fails, whereas the predicates will simply return NIL. Both will return the passed argument unmodified on success. Some of the tests have an equivalent PARSE-* function in order to turn the string into a more useful representation.

The main interaction with Ratify is not supposed to be directly with the TEST-* and PARSE-* functions however, but rather through the TEST and PARSE wrapper functions. Both also have a macro shorthand to perform many tests and parsings at once, PERFORM-COMBINED-TESTS and WITH-PARSED-FORMS. These macros will perform as many tests as possible and only signal an error right after all tests have been made. This error is of type COMBINED-ERROR, which contains all the errors that occurred during the testing.

  (:integer "45")
  (:date "2014-08-01")
  (:ratio "566/21"))

  (:integer "4.5" "e")
  (:date "2014-08-01" "2014" "2014-55-99")
  (:ratio "566/21" "5.6/21"))
; Evaluation aborted on #<RATIFY-TESTING:COMBINED-ERROR {10074E51D3}>.

Or to perform parsing:

(let ((int "45")
      (url "http://foo.bar/baz.jp?what=ever#hashtag")
      (uri "things-are://sometimes:complicated@with-all.these/damn?protocols=i'm#telling+you!")
      (dt "2014-08-01T21:23:01"))
  (ratify:with-parsed-forms ((:integer int) (:url url) (:uri uri) (:datetime dt))
    (list int url uri dt)))

If an error occurs, the ERRORS function gives access to the list of errors that the COMBINED-ERROR contains. For a complete list of testing and parsing functions, please see the symbol index. The syntax grammar used to describe the valid values in the docstrings of each test is regex with the addition of <brackets> to refer to other tests, sometimes accompanied with a second line that describes limits of the values.

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