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gustav
=====
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A helper library for two use-cases:
1. To help pack-up and un-pack data
2. To help with writing a udp-server
Examples
--------
Imagine that you have a state `#{a => 1, b => 2, c => 3, d => 4}`.
You need to pack-up this data (serialize) and send it over the wire.
Your protocol specifies that:
| Variable | Bits in payload |
|----------|-----------------|
| a | 8 |
| b | 16 |
| c | 32 |
| d | 8 |
Which can be described compactly as `[{a, 8}, {b, 16}, {c, 32}, {d, 8}]`.
When using *Gustav*, packing up the dictionary into a binary payload:
```
Dictionary = #{a => 1, b => 2, c => 3, d => 4},
Packer = packer(Dictionary),
Payload = Packer([{a, 8}, {b, 16}, {c, 32}, {d, 8}]),
Payload.
<<1:8, 2:16, 3:32, 4:8>>
```
To unpack the binary payload is similar.
We describe the binary protocol `[{a, 8}, {b, 16}, {c, 32}, {d, 8}]`
and use a unpacker function.
Normally we only want to unpack the data into an empty map `#{}`.
However, in some cases it is convenient to allow some "other" data
in the map (state).
Using *Gustav*, to unpacking a binary payload into a dictionary:
```
Payload = <<1:8, 2:16, 3:32, 4:8>>,
UnPacker = unpacker(#{}, Payload),
NewDictionary = UnPacker([{a, 8}, {b, 16}, {c, 32}, {d, 8}]),
NewDictionary.
#{a => 1, b => 2, c => 3, d => 4}
```
Or if you already have some data you want to preserve `#{q => 42}`:
```
OrgDictionary = #{q => 42} %% q => 42 is mapping we want to
Payload = <<1:8, 2:16, 3:32, 4:8>>,
UnPacker = unpacker(OrgDictionary, Payload),
NewDictionary = UnPacker([{a, 8}, {b, 16}, {c, 32}, {d, 8}]),
NewDictionary.
#{a => 1, b => 2, c => 3, d => 4, q => 42}
```
Build
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$ rebar3 compile
```