In the previous post, we sent an HTTP request using Elm architecture. This post is part of the functional language series, and it is based on a remarkable book, Programming Elm Build Safe and Maintainable Front-End Applications by Jeremy Fairbank.
Internet And Maybe
Internet does not guarantee anything. It is not a transaction protocol. When you try to get something over the internet, you could get that value or not. To move the handling of that problem away from developers, Elm handles this in its architecture by introducing.
When we moved in our
Picshare application form hardcoded pictures to get them over the Internet, we got a Chicken-Egg problem.
Picshare the application requires the initial model to start, but we do HTTP.get to get our initial photo. We need to handle photo
null value. But as this is not part of
Picshare application business logic, the
Elm helps us to handle that logic by introducing
type Maybe a
= Just a
If there is a value, it
Just returns that value otherwise returns
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Compile application and open
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