A Clojure library for managing environment variable configuration
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A Clojure library designed to make working with environment variables easier.


You’ll need Java 8 and Leiningen.


Say you want to define a binding in a namespace that is filled in by the value specified in an environment variable. Here’s the very simplest way to do it:

(require '[defenv.core :refer [defenv]])

(defenv system-path "PATH")

Then, if you run @system-path you will see the value of that environment variable.

The project documentation contains much more example usage.

Also, you could try running DEFENV_TESTING=bob lein usage

Questions I imagined you might ask

Why does `defenv` make delayed bindings?

Well, the project contains a bit of other magic. If you don’t make a binding to a variable optional, an exception will be thrown when it is dereferenced if it isn’t set. We don’t want these exceptions to be thrown during compile time. Therefore, they must be delayed.

Why can't I load property files and declare multiple
environments in my `project.clj` and stuff?

This library was designed for https://12factor.net/ apps


Copyright © 2019 Stephen Starkey

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