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State validation

The model is the core data from which the whole state of the app can be resurrected. The model is generally immutable but may also contain elements such as service connections. It is common for the design of the model to grow “organically” as you prototype your app.
The init function returns your initial model. The update function updates the model as messages are received.

Messages and Validation

Validation is generally done on updates to the model storing error messages from validation logic in the model so they can be correctly and simply displayed to the user. Here is a very basic example:
type Animal =
| ValidAnimal of string
| InvalidAnimal of string
type Model = { AnimalName : Animal }
type Msg = UpdateAnimal of string
let validAnimalNames = [ "Emu"; "Kangaroo"; "Platypus"; "Wombat" ]
let validateAnimal (animalName : string) =
if List.contains animalName validAnimalNames
then ValidAnimal animalName
else InvalidAnimal animalName
let update msg model =
match msg with
| UpdateAnimal animalName -> { model with AnimalName = validateAnimal animalName }
let view (model: Model) dispatch : ViewElement =
let makeEntryCell text =
View.Entry(
text = text,
textChanged = fun textArgs -> UpdateAnimal textArgs.NewTextValue |> dispatch
)
View.ContentPage(
View.StackLayout(
match model.AnimalName with
| ValidAnimal validName -> [ makeEntryCell validName ]
| InvalidAnimal invalidName ->
[ makeEntryCell invalidName
View.Label(sprintf "%s is not a valid animal name. Try %A" invalidName validAnimalNames) ]
)
)
let init () = { AnimalName = validateAnimal "Emu" }
A more advanced validation might use the Result<'T,'TError> type to wrap parts of the model that require validation: in the previous example the Result type has somewhat been reinvented. Using Result provides a consistent way of knowing which parts of the model are in a valid state, use of the standard Result functions like map and bind to perform branching logic, and more comprehensive error messaging. One thing to note is that 'TError will usually need to carry the original input value so it can be displayed back to the user.
type Animal = Animal of string
type ErrorMessage =
| InvalidName of InputString : string
| BlankName
type Model = { AnimalName : Result<Animal,ErrorMessage> }
type Msg = UpdateAnimal of string
let validAnimalNames = [ "Emu"; "Kangaroo"; "Platypus"; "Wombat" ]
let validateAnimal (animalName : string) =
if animalName = ""
then Error BlankName
else
if List.contains animalName validAnimalNames
then Ok (Animal animalName)
else Error (InvalidName animalName)
let update msg model =
match msg with
| UpdateAnimal animalName -> { model with AnimalName = validateAnimal animalName }
let view (model: Model) dispatch : ViewElement =
let makeEntryCell text =
View.Entry(
text = text,
textChanged = fun textArgs -> UpdateAnimal textArgs.NewTextValue |> dispatch
)
let makeErrorMsg err =
match err with
| InvalidName invalidName ->
[ makeEntryCell invalidName
View.Label(text = sprintf "%s is not a valid animal name. Try %A" invalidName validAnimalNames) ]
| BlankName ->
[ makeEntryCell ""
View.Label(text = sprintf "You must input a name") ]
View.ContentPage(
View.StackLayout(
match model.AnimalName with
| Ok (Animal validName) -> [ makeEntryCell validName ]
| Error errorMsg -> makeErrorMsg errorMsg
)
)
let init () = { AnimalName = validateAnimal "Emu" }
Note that the same validation logic can be used in both your app and a service back-end.