Custom Services

Services are objects that are available to be injected into a handler's argument list. You can map a service on a Global or Request level.

Global Mapping

A Macaron instance implements the inject.Injector interface, so mapping a service is easy:

db := &MyDatabase{}
m := macaron.Classic()
m.Map(db) // Service will be available to all handlers as *MyDatabase
m.Get("/", func(db *MyDatabase) {
    // Operations with db.

Request-Level Mapping

Mapping on the request level can be done in a handler via *macaron.Context:

func MyCustomLoggerHandler(ctx *macaron.Context) {
    logger := &MyCustomLogger{ctx.Req}
    ctx.Map(logger) // mapped as *MyCustomLogger

func main() {
    m.Get("/", MyCustomLoggerHandler, func(logger *MyCustomLogger) {
        // Operations with logger.
    m.Get("/panic", func(logger *MyCustomLogger) {
        // This will panic because no logger service maps to this request.

Mapping values to Interfaces

One of the most powerful parts about services is the ability to map a service to an interface. For instance, if you wanted to override the http.ResponseWriter with an object that wrapped it and performed extra operations, you can write the following handler:

func WrapResponseWriter(ctx *macaron.Context) {
    rw := NewSpecialResponseWriter(ctx.Resp)
    // override ResponseWriter with our wrapper ResponseWriter
    ctx.MapTo(rw, (*http.ResponseWriter)(nil)) 

In this way, your code can enjoy new custom service feature without any change. Plus, allow more custom implementations of same type of services.

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