Eugene Komissarov

TILAugust 23, 2019by Eugene Komissarov

Rubyists life made easier with composition operators.

If you write Ruby code and wandered into FP world you might just started writing those little tiny methods inside your classes/modules. And that was awesome to write code like this:


class Import

  # Some code goes here...



  def find_record(row)

    [ Msa.find_or_initialize_by(region_name: row[:region_name], city: row[:city], state: row[:state], metro: row[:metro] ), row ]

  end



  # record is one of:

  # Object - when record was found

  # false - when record was not found

  def update_record(record, attributes)

    record.attributes = attributes

    record

  end



  # record is one of:

  # false

  # ZipRegion

  def validate_record(record)

    case record

    when false

      [:error, nil]

    else

      validate_record!(record)

    end

  end



  # record is ZipRegion object

  def validate_record!(record)

    if record.valid?

      [:ok, record]

    else

      error(record.id, record.errors.messages)

      [:error, record]

    end

  end



  def persist_record!(validation, record)

    case validation

    when :ok

      record.save

    when :error

      false

    end

  end

end

Yeah, I know there is YARD, and argument types are somewhat weird but at the time of coding, I was fascinated with Gregor Kiczales's HTDP courses (that was a ton of fun, sincerely recommend for every adventurous soul).

And next comes dreadful composition:


def process(row, index)

    return if header_row?(row)



    success(row[:region_name], persist_record!(*validate_record(update_record(*find_record(parse_row(row))))))

  end

The pipeline is quite short but already hard to read. Luckily, in Ruby 2.6 we now have 2 composition operators: Proc#>> and its reverse sibling Proc#<<.

And, with a bit of refactoring composition method becomes:


def process(row, index)

    return if header_row?(row)



    composition = method(:parse_row) >>

                             method(:find_record) >>

                             method(:update_record) >>

                             method(:validate_record) >>

                             method(:persist_record!) >>

                             method(:success).curry[row[:region_name]]



    composition.call(row)

Much nicier, don't you think? Ruby just became one step closer to FP-friendly languages family, let's hope there'll be more!

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