Bare Bones Martini App

Its pretty easy to add handlers to routes. And because the Handlers are simply functions of a specific type, it is easy to separate these into different files. Martini also has some helpers that make it trivial to deal with basic stuff like json request, and parameters. Below are a couple of route examples.

I'm using gorp to handle my database connections
// index route
m.Get("/entries", func(r render.Render) {
r.JSON(200, entry.All(dbMap))
})

// create route
m.Post("/entries", binding.Json(entry.Entry{}), func(params martini.Params, e entry.Entry, r render.Render) {
err := dbMap.Insert(&e)
if err != nil {
r.JSON(404, "Unable to update entry.")
return
}
r.JSON(200, e)
})
Adding routes for other operations is pretty easy once the first couple are working.

Creating arbitrary HTTP request types.
Go's http library has some built in methods for sending GET and POST requests, but not for DELETE, PUT, or PATCH. I added a simple helper function that creates and sends a request of arbitrary type, then stuffs the response data into a passed interface

func jsonRequest(reqType string, path string, v interface{}) {
var err error
client := http.Client{}

//prepare json data to send to the server
jsonData, err := json.Marshal(v)
doPanic(err)
body := bytes.NewBuffer(jsonData)

// create req uest
req, err := http.NewRequest(reqType, fmt.Sprintf("%s%s", SERVER_URL, path), body)
doPanic(err)
resp, err := client.Do(req)
doPanic(err)

// error status code
if resp.StatusCode >= 400 {
panic(fmt.Sprintf("Request %d: %s:", resp.StatusCode, resp.Status))
}

// set returned "1data to interface, this will crash if the types aren't good
entryData, err := ioutil.ReadAll(resp.Body)
doPanic(err)

// construct json data as requested struct
json.Unmarshal(entryData, &v)
}

Go's json marshal and unmarshall made this very easy. A flaw I notice right now, is that the method assume that you'll want the submitted object to be modified by the server, this doesn't apply to DELETE requests (they should send back an empty response). But really this is still an exercise in learning Go for me.

Handing JSON payload with Martini

Initially I was trying to use Martini's form handler for the requests, but it was easier to write the client code for requests with a json payload. Luckily Martini also can handle JSON just as easily.

The net affect is that the client is much simpler, and separating the data handling and the interface has made adding new features easier.

Future Work

The database configurations is pretty funny. It's just a sqlit3 file in the user's home directory. I'd like to make that slightly more sophisticated. I'd also like to add some config files so that the user can, you know, configure that application without recompile. After those goals have been met. A deployment scheme is next.