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Describes how to convert data to Ecto.Type and eventually into the database.

This behaviour is a superset of the Ecto.Type behavior, that also contains API level information, like what kinds of filters are allowed.

built-in-types

Built in types

composite-types

Composite Types

Currently, the only composite type supported is a list type, specified via: {:array, Type}. The constraints available are:

  • :items - Constraints for the elements of the list. See the contained type's docs for more.

  • :min_length - A minimum length for the items

  • :max_length - A maximum length for the items

  • :nil_items? - Whether or not the list can contain nil items The default value is false.

defining-custom-types

Defining Custom Types

Generally you add use Ash.Type to your module (it is possible to add @behaviour Ash.Type and define everything yourself, but this is more work and error-prone).

Overriding the {:array, type} behavior. By definining the *_array versions of cast_input, cast_stored, dump_to_native and apply_constraints, you can override how your type behaves as a collection. This is how the features of embedded resources are implemented. No need to implement them unless you wish to override the default behavior.

Simple example of a float custom type

defmodule GenTracker.AshFloat do
  use Ash.Type

  @impl Ash.Type
  def storage_type, do: :float

  @impl Ash.Type
  def cast_input(value, _) do
    Ecto.Type.cast(:float, value)
  end

  @impl Ash.Type
  def cast_stored(value, _) do
    Ecto.Type.load(:float, value)
  end

  @impl Ash.Type
  def dump_to_native(value, _) do
    Ecto.Type.dump(:float, value)
  end
end

All the Ash built-in types are implemented with use Ash.Type so they are good examples to look at to create your own Ash.Type

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Confirms if a casted value matches the provided constraints.

Returns true if the value is a builtin type or adopts the Ash.Type behaviour

Casts input (e.g. unknown) data to an instance of the type, or errors

Casts a value from the data store to an instance of the type, or errors

Casts a value from the Elixir type to a value that can be embedded in another data structure.

Casts a value from the Elixir type to a value that the data store can persist

Returns the ecto compatible type for an Ash.Type.

Determines if two values of a given type are equal.

Process the old casted values alongside the new casted values.

Process the old casted values alongside the new uncasted values.

Returns the underlying storage type (the underlying type of the ecto type of the ash type)

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@type constraint_error() :: String.t() | {String.t(), Keyword.t()}
@type constraints() :: Keyword.t()
@type error() :: :error | {:error, String.t() | Keyword.t()}
@type t() :: atom() | {:array, atom()}

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apply_constraints(term, constraints)

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@callback apply_constraints(term(), constraints()) ::
  {:ok, new_value :: term()}
  | :ok
  | {:error, constraint_error() | [constraint_error()]}
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apply_constraints_array(list, constraints)

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@callback apply_constraints_array([term()], constraints()) ::
  {:ok, new_values :: [term()]}
  | :ok
  | {:error, constraint_error() | [constraint_error()]}
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array_constraints()

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@callback array_constraints() :: constraints()
@callback cast_in_query?() :: boolean()

Useful for typed data layers (like ash_postgres) to instruct them not to attempt to cast input values.

You generally won't need this, but it can be an escape hatch for certain cases.

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cast_input(term, constraints)

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@callback cast_input(term(), constraints()) :: {:ok, term()} | error()
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cast_input_array(list, constraints)

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@callback cast_input_array([term()], constraints()) :: {:ok, [term()]} | error()
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cast_stored(term, constraints)

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@callback cast_stored(term(), constraints()) :: {:ok, term()} | error()
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cast_stored_array(list, constraints)

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@callback cast_stored_array([term()], constraints()) :: {:ok, [term()]} | error()
@callback constraints() :: constraints()
@callback describe(constraints()) :: String.t() | nil
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dump_to_embedded(term, constraints)

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@callback dump_to_embedded(term(), constraints()) :: {:ok, term()} | :error
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dump_to_embedded_array(list, constraints)

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@callback dump_to_embedded_array([term()], constraints()) :: {:ok, term()} | error()
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dump_to_native(term, constraints)

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@callback dump_to_native(term(), constraints()) :: {:ok, term()} | error()
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dump_to_native_array(list, constraints)

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@callback dump_to_native_array([term()], constraints()) :: {:ok, term()} | error()
@callback ecto_type() :: Ecto.Type.t()
@callback embedded?() :: boolean()
@callback equal?(term(), term()) :: boolean()
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generator(constraints)

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@callback generator(constraints()) :: Enumerable.t()
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handle_change(old_term, new_term, constraints)

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@callback handle_change(old_term :: term(), new_term :: term(), constraints()) ::
  {:ok, term()} | error()
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handle_change_array(old_term, new_term, constraints)

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@callback handle_change_array(old_term :: [term()], new_term :: [term()], constraints()) ::
  {:ok, term()} | error()
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prepare_change(old_term, new_uncasted_term, constraints)

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@callback prepare_change(old_term :: term(), new_uncasted_term :: term(), constraints()) ::
  {:ok, term()} | error()
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prepare_change_array( old_term, new_uncasted_term, constraints )

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@callback prepare_change_array(
  old_term :: [term()],
  new_uncasted_term :: [term()],
  constraints()
) :: {:ok, term()} | error()
@callback storage_type() :: Ecto.Type.t()

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apply_constraints(type, term, constraints)

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@spec apply_constraints(t(), term(), constraints()) ::
  {:ok, term()} | {:error, String.t()}

Confirms if a casted value matches the provided constraints.

@spec ash_type?(term()) :: boolean()

Returns true if the value is a builtin type or adopts the Ash.Type behaviour

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cast_input(type, term, constraints \\ [])

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@spec cast_input(t(), term(), constraints() | nil) ::
  {:ok, term()} | {:error, Keyword.t()} | :error

Casts input (e.g. unknown) data to an instance of the type, or errors

Maps to Ecto.Type.cast/2

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cast_stored(type, term, constraints \\ [])

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@spec cast_stored(t(), term(), constraints() | nil) ::
  {:ok, term()} | {:error, keyword()} | :error

Casts a value from the data store to an instance of the type, or errors

Maps to Ecto.Type.load/2

@spec constraints(t()) :: constraints()
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constraints(source, type, constraints)

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@spec constraints(Ash.Changeset.t() | Ash.Query.t(), t(), Keyword.t()) :: Keyword.t()
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describe(type, constraints)

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dump_to_embedded(type, term, constraints \\ [])

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@spec dump_to_embedded(t(), term(), constraints() | nil) ::
  {:ok, term()} | {:error, keyword()} | :error

Casts a value from the Elixir type to a value that can be embedded in another data structure.

Embedded resources expect to be stored in JSON, so this allows things like UUIDs to be stored as strings in embedded resources instead of binary.

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dump_to_native(type, term, constraints \\ [])

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@spec dump_to_native(t(), term(), constraints() | nil) ::
  {:ok, term()} | {:error, keyword()} | :error

Casts a value from the Elixir type to a value that the data store can persist

Maps to Ecto.Type.dump/2

@spec ecto_type(t()) :: Ecto.Type.t()

Returns the ecto compatible type for an Ash.Type.

If you use Ash.Type, this is created for you. For builtin types this may return a corresponding ecto builtin type (atom)

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equal?(type, left, right)

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@spec equal?(t(), term(), term()) :: boolean()

Determines if two values of a given type are equal.

Maps to Ecto.Type.equal?/3

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generator(type, constraints)

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@spec generator(
  module() | {:array, module()},
  constraints()
) :: Enumerable.t()
@spec get_type(atom() | module() | {:array, atom() | module()}) ::
  atom() | module() | {:array, atom() | module()}
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handle_change(type, old_value, new_value, constraints)

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Process the old casted values alongside the new casted values.

This is leveraged by embedded types to know if something is being updated or destroyed. This is not called on creates.

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prepare_change(type, old_value, new_value, constraints)

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Process the old casted values alongside the new uncasted values.

This is leveraged by embedded types to know if something is being updated or destroyed. This is not called on creates.

@spec storage_type(t()) :: Ecto.Type.t()

Returns the underlying storage type (the underlying type of the ecto type of the ash type)