gitson: A document store library for Git + JSON.

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A simple document store library for Git + JSON, based on Aeson. Uses command line git. Transactions use flock, so it's safe even across completely separate programs!

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Versions [faq] 0.1.0, 0.2.0, 0.2.1, 0.3.0, 0.4.0, 0.4.1, 0.5.0, 0.5.1, 0.5.2
Dependencies aeson, aeson-pretty, base (>= && <5), bytestring, directory, errors, filepath, flock, monad-control, process, transformers [details]
License Apache-2.0
Copyright 2014-2015 Greg V <>
Author Greg V
Category Database, JSON, Git
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A simple document store library for Git + JSON, based on Aeson. Uses command line git, at least for now. No fancy indexes and stuff, but it does what I need right now. Transactions use flock, so it's safe even across completely separate programs!


{-# LANGUAGE TemplateHaskell #-}

import Gitson
import Gitson.Util (insideDirectory)
import Data.Aeson.TH
import Control.Monad.IO.Class (liftIO)

data Thing = Thing { val :: Int } deriving (Eq, Show)
$(deriveJSON defaultOptions ''Thing) -- there are non-Template ways of doing this, see aeson docs

main :: IO ()
main = do
  -- Creating a new "database," basically mkdir + git init
  createRepo "./content"

  -- Writing data to a "database" happens in transactions
  -- A transaction is committed (write files & git commit)
  -- after the block is executed, just like in SQL databases
  -- Also, transactions are thread-safe
  transaction "./content" $ do
    -- order:    (collection) (key        ) (data)
    saveDocument "things"     "first-thing" Thing {val = 1}
    -- Collections are created automatically, like in MongoDB
    liftIO $ putStrLn "Written first-thing"
    -- You have to use liftIO to do IO actions inside of a transaction!
    -- Because a transaction is a monad transformer, WriterT actually

  -- Reading data
  -- (These are normal IO actions, so if you want
  --  to read inside of a transaction, liftIO.
  --  Note: transaction already includes insideDirectory!
  --  Warning: you can't read what you've written in the current transaction!!!
  --  You can only read what's been written before the transaction began.)
  insideDirectory "./content" $ do
    colls <- listCollections
          -- ["things"]
    keys <- listDocumentKeys "things"
         -- ["first-thing"]
    first-thing <- readDocument "things" "first-thing" :: IO (Maybe Thing)
         -- Just Thing {val = 1}
    things <- readEntries "things" :: IO [Thing]
           -- [Thing {val = 1}]

  -- Note: insideDirectory is just a function that changes
  -- the current directory, executes an action and changes it back.
  -- You can use reading actions without it, like this:
  keys <- listDocumentKeys "./content/things"

  -- And now, some bells and whistles:
  -- Numeric id support
  transaction "./content" $ do
    saveNextDocument "things" "hello-world" Thing {val = 1}
    -- will save to things/000001-hello-world.json
  insideDirectory "./content" $ do
    thing <- readDocumentById "things" 1
    same-thing <- readDocumentByName "things" "hello-world"
    -- both will read from things/000001-hello-world.json
    i <- documentIdFromName "things" "hello-world"
      -- 1
    n <- documentNameFromId "things" 1
      -- "hello-world"


# Update to latest version of Cabal.
cabal update
cabal install cabal-install

# Initialize a sandbox and install the package's dependencies.
make install

# Configure & build the package.
make configure build

# Test package.
make test

# Benchmark package.
make bench

# Start a REPL.
make repl

# Generate documentation.
make haddock


Copyright 2014 Greg V

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