ensure 1.1.0

Fluent guards to aid in ensuring the correctness of function/method arguments.

To use this package, run the following command in your project's root directory:

Manual usage
Put the following dependency into your project's dependences section:


Fluent guards to aid in ensuring the correctness of function/method arguments. Inspired by the lovely Ensure.That library for C#.


import std.string : chop;
import std.stdio : write, writefln, stdin;

import ensure;

void greet( string name )
    // String cannot be null, zero-length, or consist entirely of whitespace characters.

    writefln( "Hello, %s!", name );

void main()
    write( "What is your name? " );
    auto name = stdin.readln().chop();
    greet( name );

Get it

It's on dub: https://code.dlang.org/packages/ensure


ensure is easily extensible using UFCS and templated functions, in fact all built-in validators use this. Take the isNotNull validator as an example:

Arg!T isNotNull( T )( Arg!T arg ) if( isNullable!T )
    if( arg.value is null )
        arg.throwWith( "argument cannot be null" );

    return arg;

That's really all it takes! isNullable is a private template used to determine if T can even be null, so isNotNull won't compile if T is something that can't be null, like int.

Writing your own validator is similarly simple:

import std.traits : isIntegral;
import std.format : format;

import ensure;

// template function lets this be called on any valid type (as per the template guard)
// however it's also possible to use concrete types
// ex: Arg!int someValidator( Arg!int arg )
// {
//     ...
// }
Arg!N isTheAnswerToEverything( N )( Arg!N arg ) if( isIntegral!N ) // only for integer numbers
    // access the argument's value.
    // if needed, the name can also be accessed with arg.paramName
    if( arg.value != 42 )
        // throw a new EnsureException with a custom message when validation fails.
        arg.throwWith( "%s is not the answer to everything".format( arg.value ) );
    // return arg when we're done with it so successful calls can be chained as above in the greet example.
    return arg;
  • Tony J. Hudgins
1.1.0 2019-Jun-28
1.0.0 2019-Jun-27
~master 2019-Jun-28
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