# BootEnv

Elixir configuration provider inspired by Haskell programming experience. Runtime configuration of Haskell programs is a bit different if we compare with other languages like Elixir. Haskell program business logic mainly contains pure functions which can call only pure functions by their nature. This means that in random place of Haskell program something like Elixir function `Application.get_env/2` or `System.get_env/1` can't be called at all (because these functions are not pure). As a result of this, in Haskell programs all needed runtime configurations are usually fetched, transformed and validated during initial boot process of program, and after this passed to main loop function as arguments (typed values).

<img src="priv/img/logo.png" width="300"/>

## Benefits

- configuration parameters have a schema
- configuration parameters are validated during boot process according schema
- if runtime configuration is incorrect then application will crash on boot (it's much better than runtime errors in random moment of time)
- `get_env/1` expressions have compile-time guarantees of correctness according given schema
- configuration parameters are stored in ETS table, so fetching by key is super fast

## Usage

Define configuration schema in dedicated module:

- define namespaces with `conf/2` expressions
- multiple `conf/2` expressions are supported
- `conf/2` expressions can be nested
- define configuration parameters with `env/2` expressions
- do-block of `env/2` expression is boolean expression (parameter validation code)

defmodule MyApp.BootEnv do
  use BootEnv

  conf :my_app do
    env ecto_repos, do: is_list(ecto_repos)
    env logo_url, do: Regex.match?(~r/^https?\:\/\/.+$/, logo_url)

    env backoffice_pagination do
      is_integer(backoffice_pagination) and
        backoffice_pagination > 0

    conf MyApp.Repo do
      env username, do: String.valid?(username)
      env password, do: String.valid?(password)
      env database, do: String.valid?(database)
      env hostname, do: String.valid?(hostname)
      env pool_size, do: is_integer(pool_size) and pool_size > 1

Start configuration provider as first child in supervision tree:

children =
    # Start BootEnv configuration first
    # Start the Ecto repository
    # ...

Fetch runtime configuration parameter with `get_env/1` expression where it's needed:

require MyApp.BootEnv, as: Conf
img_tag(Conf.get_env([:my_app, :logo_url]), class: "image")
#=> <img src="" class="image">

## Installation

The package can be installed by adding `boot_env` to your list of dependencies in `mix.exs`:

def deps do
    {:boot_env, "~> 0.1.1"}