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Programming language: Haskell
License: BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
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Latest version: v0.17.0.0

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Simple library for building API wrappers in Haskell – define a Builder, add some types with Receivable instances, an error type, and some routes, and you can easily use any API from Haskell code. Based on a EitherT StateT StateT monad transformer stack.

Stack Overflow example

Define a type for a stack overflow question:

data Question = Question { title :: Text
                         , isAnswered :: Bool
                         , score :: Int
                         , tags :: [Text] }
  deriving (Show, Eq)

And a wrapper since SO wraps its JSON responses:

newtype Questions = Questions [Question]
  deriving (Show, Eq)

Add FromJSON instances for both the types:

instance FromJSON Question where
  parseJSON (Object o) =
    Question <$> o .: "title"
             <*> o .: "is_answered"
             <*> o .: "score"
             <*> o .: "tags"
  parseJSON _ = mempty

instance FromJSON Questions where
  parseJSON (Object o) = Questions <$> o .: "items"
  parseJSON _ = mempty

and a Receivable instance for Questions that just uses the FromJSON instance:

instance Receivable Questions where
  receive = useFromJSON

Define a Builder for the API endpoint:

stackOverflow :: Builder
stackOverflow = basicBuilder "StackOverflow API" "http://api.stackexchange.com"

And the Route to use to get the data:

answersRoute :: Route
answersRoute = Route { urlPieces = [ "2.2", "questions" ]
                     , urlParams = [ "order" =. Just "desc"
                                   , "sort" =. Just "activity"
                                   , "site" =. Just "stackoverflow" ]
                     , httpMethod = GET }

And a function to actually run the API:

getAnswers :: IO (Either (APIError ()) Questions)
getAnswers = execAPI stackOverflow () $ runRoute answersRoute

> getAnswers
Right (Questions [Question {title = "Using parse API with codeigniter", isAnswered = True, score = 2, tags = ["php","codeigniter","parse.com","codeigniter-2","php-5.6"]},Question {title = "Object...