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Clojure datafy/nav exploration
(ns explore-datafy-nav
"Sample code demonstrating naving around a random graph of data.
The graph very likely will have circular references, which is not a problem.
To see the results, execute the entire file.
Each step in the nav process will be printed out, as well as the initial db.
Subsequent executions will generate a new random db."
(:require [clojure.datafy :refer [datafy nav]]))
(defn generate-db
"Generate a random database of users and departments.
It is ENTIRELY possible for this database to contain
circular links, but that is not a problem with the lazy
nature of datafy/nav."
(let [user-ids (take 5 (shuffle (range 100)))
department-ids (take 3 (shuffle (range 100)))
new-user (fn [id]
(let [department-id (rand-nth department-ids)
manager-id (rand-nth user-ids)]
{:id id
:name (str "User " id)
:department-id department-id
:manager-id manager-id}))
new-department (fn [id]
(let [deptartment-head-id (rand-nth user-ids)]
{:id id
:name (str "Department " id)
:department-head-user-id deptartment-head-id}))]
{:users (zipmap user-ids (map new-user user-ids))
:departments (zipmap department-ids (map new-department department-ids))}))
;sample generated db
{65 {:id 65, :name "User 65", :department-id 96, :manager-id 58},
58 {:id 58, :name "User 58", :department-id 85, :manager-id 58}},
{96 {:id 96, :name "Department 96", :department-head-user-id 65},
85 {:id 85, :name "Department 85", :department-head-user-id 65}}})
(defn lookup-user
"Convenience function to get user by id"
[db id]
(get-in db [:users id]))
(defn lookup-department
"Convenience function to get department by id"
[db id]
(get-in db [:departments id]))
(declare datafy-ready-user)
(declare datafy-ready-department)
(defn navize-user
[db user]
(when user
{'clojure.core.protocols/nav (fn [coll k v]
(case k
;; by returning a datafy-ed object,
;; the db is propagated to further datafy/nav calls
:manager-id (datafy-ready-user db (lookup-user db v))
:department-id (datafy-ready-department db (lookup-department db v))
(defn navize-department
[db department]
(when department
{'clojure.core.protocols/nav (fn [coll k v]
(case k
:department-head-user-id (datafy-ready-user db (lookup-user db v))
(defn datafy-ready-user
[db user]
(when user
{'clojure.core.protocols/datafy (fn [x] (navize-user db x))})))
(defn datafy-ready-department
[db department]
(when department
{'clojure.core.protocols/datafy (fn [x] (navize-department db x))})))
; The rest of the code creates the db and navs around the graph
(def user1
(let [db (generate-db)
_ (clojure.pprint/pprint db)
;; grab a random user-id from which to start nav-ing
user-id (-> db :users keys first)
user (lookup-user db user-id)]
(println "\nuser1:" user "\n")
;; this step kicks off the datafy/nav process
(datafy (datafy-ready-user db user))
;; just for fun, uncomment this and see what happens
;; if a plain (non-datafy-ready object) is used
#_(datafy user)))
;; new let-block, notice db is out of scope,
;; but navigating the graph is still possible
(let [nav-to-link (fn [record k]
(println "nav-ing to" (name k) ":" (get record k))
(when record
(datafy (nav record k (get record k)))))
user2 (nav-to-link user1 :manager-id)
_ (println "user2:" user2 "\n")
user3 (nav-to-link user2 :manager-id)
_ (println "user3:" user3 "\n")
;; nav-ing to :name works, but ends up at leaf in graph
name3 (nav-to-link user3 :name)
_ (println "name3:" name3 "\n")
department3 (nav-to-link user3 :department-id)
_ (println "department3:" department3 "\n")
(nav-to-link department3 :department-head-user-id)
_ (println "user4:" user4 "\n")])
; Sample output:
; {65 {:id 65, :name "User 65", :department-id 96, :manager-id 9},
; 22 {:id 22, :name "User 22", :department-id 85, :manager-id 65},
; 56 {:id 56, :name "User 56", :department-id 85, :manager-id 56},
; 9 {:id 9, :name "User 9", :department-id 96, :manager-id 65},
; 58 {:id 58, :name "User 58", :department-id 85, :manager-id 58}},
; :departments
; {96 {:id 96, :name "Department 96", :department-head-user-id 65},
; 9 {:id 9, :name "Department 9", :department-head-user-id 58},
; 85 {:id 85, :name "Department 85", :department-head-user-id 65}}}
;user1: {:id 65, :name User 65, :department-id 96, :manager-id 9}
;nav-ing to manager-id : 9
;user2: {:id 9, :name User 9, :department-id 96, :manager-id 65}
;nav-ing to manager-id : 65
;user3: {:id 65, :name User 65, :department-id 96, :manager-id 9}
;nav-ing to name : User 65
;name3: User 65
;nav-ing to department-id : 96
;department3: {:id 96, :name Department 96, :department-head-user-id 65}
;nav-ing to department-head-user-id : 65
;user4: {:id 65, :name User 65, :department-id 96, :manager-id 9}
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ChrisBronkhorst commented Jul 26, 2021

Thanks, this really helped me get a bit closer to understanding datafy and nav

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