[erlang-questions] How do I elegantly check many conditions?

Gaspar Chilingarov nm@REDACTED
Fri Mar 20 19:32:26 CET 2009

Hi all!

Just wanted to add that I'm against of using funs in this case if you 
can avoid it - just to keep module syntax as clean as possible.

comment to code in prev. message - you should wrap validator invocation 
in try/catch and catch validator crashes - sometimes it's not necessary 
to give a explanation to the user and general error message will be ok.
In this cases you can validator just fail, if it cannot validate the data

For example

check_passwords(Fields, _) ->
     Fields#fields.password = Fields#fields.password_confirm.

It will crash on match, if user entered different values in the fields.

With a little magic you create nested command chains, 'if' statements in 
command chains, 'case' and so on.

If some validation procedures take a long time (for example require 
network calls and so on) - you can add syntax to specify which commands 
in chain is possible to run in parallel. If one of them fail (or 
succeed) you can immediately kill another validation processes and 
return a processing result.

Such programming style gives you a _GREAT_ level of flexibility to _what 
login _ are you programming. In other this approach is very consistent 
and have very readable syntax.

So :) Go and create your small interpreter in Erlang - it's fun and it 


Gaspar Chilingarov

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