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Programming language: Go
Tags: Serialization    
Latest version: v1.0.1

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bel

Generate TypeScript interfaces from Go structs/interfaces - useful for JSON RPC

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Open in Gitpod

bel is used in production in https://gitpod.io.

Getting started

bel is easy to use. There are two steps involved: extract the Typescript information, and generate the Typescript code.

package main

import (
    "github.com/32leaves/bel"
)

type Demo struct {
    Foo string `json:"foo,omitempty"`
    Bar uint32
    Baz struct {
        FirstField  bool
        SecondField *string
    }
}

func main() {
    ts, err := bel.Extract(Demo{})
    if err != nil {
        panic(err)
    }

    err = bel.Render(ts)
    if err != nil {
        panic(err)
    }
}

produces something akin to (sans formatting):

export interface Demo {
    foo?: string
    Bar: number
    Baz: {
        FirstField: boolean
        SecondField: string
    }
}

Converting interfaces

You can also convert Golang interfaces to TypeScript interfaces. This is particularly handy for JSON RPC:

package main

import (
    "os"
    "github.com/32leaves/bel"
)

type DemoService interface {
    SayHello(name, msg string) (string, error)
}

func main() {
    ts, err := bel.Extract((*DemoService)(nil))
    if err != nil {
        panic(err)
    }

    err = bel.Render(ts)
    if err != nil {
        panic(err)
    }
}

produces something akin to (sans formatting):

export interface DemoService {
    SayHello(arg0: string, arg1: string): string
}

Advanced Usage

You can try all the examples mentioned below in Gitpod.

FollowStructs

Follow structs enable the transitive generation of types. See [examples/embed-structs.go](examples/follow-structs.go).

would produce code for the interface UserService, as well as the struct it refers to AddUserRequest, and User because it's referenced by AddUserRequest. Without FollowStructs we'd simply refer to the types by name, but would not generate code for them.

SortAlphabetically

SortAlphabetically sorts all types and their members by alphabetical order. This produces more deterministic/stable output, which is great for making things comparable across pull requests. See [examples/sort-alphabetically.go](examples/sort-alphabetically.go).

EmbedStructs

Embed structs is similar to FollowStructs except that it produces a single canonical type for each structure. Whenever one struct references another, that reference is resolved and the definition of the other is embedded. See [examples/embed-structs.go](examples/embed-structs.go).

NameAnonStructs

NameAnonStructs is kind of the opposite of EmbedStructs. When we encounter a nested anonymous struct, we make give this previously anonymous structure a name and refer to it using this name. See [examples/name-anon-structs.go](examples/name-anon-structs.go).

CustomNamer

CustomNamer enables full control over the TypeScript type names. This is handy to enforce a custom coding guideline, or to add a prefix/suffix to the generated type names. See [examples/custom-namer.go](examples/custom-namer.go).

Enums

See [examples/enums.go](examples/enums.go).

Go famously does not have enums, but rather type aliases and consts. Using reflection alone there is no way to obtain a comprehensive list of type values, as the linker might optimize and remove some. bel supports the extraction of enums by parsing the Go source code. Note that this is merely a heuristic and may fail in your case. If it does not work, bel falls back to the underlying type.

Enums can be generated as TypeScript enum or as sum types. Use the bel.GenerateEnumsAsSumTypes flag to change this behaviour.

Code Generation

See [examples/code-generation.go](examples/code-generation.go).

When generating the TypeScript code you might want to wrap everything in a namespace. To that end bel.GenerateNamespace("myNamespaceName") can be used.

By default bel adds a comment to the files it generates. You can influcence this comment (and any other code that comes before the generated code) using bel.GeneratePreamble and bel.GenerateAdditionalPreamble.

You can configure the io.Writer that bel uses using bel.GenerateOutputTo.

Contributing

All contributions/PR/issue/beer are welcome ❤️.

It's easiest to work with bel using Gitpod: Open in Gitpod