Package config is the Configuration Package.

At a high level, configuration is any data that is used in an application but not part of the application itself. Any reasonably complex system needs to have knobs to tune, and not everything can have intelligent defaults.

In UberFx, we try very hard to make configuring UberFx convenient. Users can:

• Get components working with minimal configuration

• Override any field if the default doesn't make sense for their use case


The configuration system wraps a set of *providers* that each know how to get values from an underlying source:

• Static YAML configuration

• Environment variables

So by stacking these providers, we can have a priority system for defining configuration that can be overridden by higher priority providers. For example, the static YAML configuration would be the lowest priority and those values should be overridden by values specified as environment variables.

As an example, imagine a YAML config that looks like:

    boo: 1
    baz: hello

    port: 8081
    greeting: Hello There!

UberFx Config allows direct key access, such as

cfg := svc.Config()
if value := cfg.Get(""); value.HasValue() {
  fmt.Printf("Say %s", value.AsString()) // "Say hello"

Or via a strongly typed structure, even as a nest value, such as:

type myStuff struct {
  Port     int    `yaml:"port" default:"8080"`
  Greeting string `yaml:"greeting"`

// ....

target := &myStuff{}
cfg := svc.Config()
if err := cfg.Get("stuff.server").PopulateStruct(target); err != nil {
  // fail, we didn't find it.

fmt.Printf("Port is: %v", target.Port)

Prints **Port is 8081**

This model respects priority of providers to allow overriding of individual values. In this example, we override the server port via an environment variable:

export CONFIG__stuff__server__port=3000

Then running the above example will result in **Port is 3000**


Provider is the interface for anything that can provide values. We provide a few reference implementations (environment and YAML), but you are free to register your own providers via config.RegisterProviders() and config.RegisterDynamicProviders.

Static configuration providers

Static configuration providers conform to the Provider interface and are bootstraped first. Use these for simple providers such as file-backed or environment-based configuration providers.

Dynamic Configuration Providers

Dynamic configuration providers frequently need some bootstrap configuration to be useful, so UberFx treats them specially. Dynamic configuration providers conform to the Provider interface, but they're instantianted **after** the Static Providers on order to read bootstarp values.

For example, if you were to implement a ZooKeeper-backed Provider, you'd likely need to specify (via YAML or environment variables) where your ZooKeeper nodes live.


Value is the return type of every configuration providers' Get(key string) method. Under the hood, we use the empty interface ( interface{}) since we don't necessarily know the structure of your configuration ahead of time.

You can use a Value for two main purposes:

• Get a single value out of configuration.

For example, if we have a YAML configuration like so:

  two: hello

You could access the value using "dotted notation":

foo := provider.Get("one.two").AsString()
// Output: hello

• Populate a struct (PopulateStruct(&myStruct))

The As* method has two variants: TryAs* and As*. The former is a two-value return, similar to a type assertion, where the user checks if the second bool is true before using the value.

The As* methods are similar to the Must* pattern in the standard library. If the underlying value cannot be converted to the requested type, As* will panic.


PopulateStruct is akin to json.Unmarshal() in that it takes a pointer to a custom struct and fills in the fields. It returns a true if the requested fields were found and populated properly, and false otherwise.

For example, say we have the following YAML file:

  world: yes
  number: 42

We could deserialize into our custom type with the following code:

type myConfig struct {
  World  string
  Number int

m := myConfig{}
// Output: yes

Note that any fields you wish to deserialize into must be exported, just like json.Unmarshal and friends.

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