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spiffy-request-vars provides easy access to variables from HTTP requests.


Mario Domenech Goulart

Thanks to DerGuteMoritz for the implementation of the content body reader and for several terminology suggestions (including the egg name). Also thanks to Peter Bex for the helpful discussions and lots of implementation suggestions.

Procedures and macros

[procedure] (request-vars #!key (source 'both) max-content-length)

request-vars returns a procedure which can be used to access variables from the HTTP request. The returned procedure takes the name of the variable (either a symbol or a string) as argument. You can (optionally) also pass a default value to be returned in case the variable is not set and an one-argument procedure to be used as a type converter for the variable value (e.g., string->number).

request-vars accepts some keyword arguments:

'query-string tells request-vars to parse the query string only (for GET variables). 'request-body tells request-vars to parse the request body only (e.g., for POST variables). 'both tells request-vars to parse both the request body and the query string. The default value for source is 'both. Notice that when 'both is used, variables from the request body have precedence over the ones from the query string.
the maximum content length (in characters) to be read from the request body. Default is #f (no limit).


  (let (($ (request-vars)))
    ($ 'var1)
    ($ 'var2 "") ;; if var12 is not set, return ""
    ($ 'var3 0 string->number)) ;; if var3 is not set, return 0; if it is
                                ;; set, convert its value to a number
[syntax] (with-request-vars (var1 var2 ... varN) expr1 expr2 ... exprN)

Bind the given identifiers to the corresponding query string and request body variable values and evaluate the expressions.


(with-request-vars (a b c)
   (conc "a = " a
         "b = " b
         "c = " c))
[syntax] (with-request-vars* getter (var1 var2 ... varN) expr1 expr2 ... exprN)

The same as with-request-vars but requires the HTTP variables getter (the return value of request-vars) as the first argument. It's useful for situations when you already have the getter and don't want to reparse the query string and request body. With with-request-vars*, the given getter will be used and no reparsing will be performed.


(let (($ (request-vars)))
  (with-request-vars* $ (a b c)
     (conc "a = " a
           "b = " b
           "c = " c)))




Version history

Added with-request-vars and with-request-vars*
Initial release