Module Bin_prot.Blob

'a Blob.t is type-equivalent to 'a, but has different bin-prot serializers that prefix the representation with the size of 'a.

To understand where this is useful, imagine we have an event type where many applications look at some parts of an event, but not all applications need to deal with all parts of an event. We might define:

      type 'a event =
        { time : Time.t
        ; source : string
        ; details : 'a
        } with bin_io

Applications that need to understand all the details of an event could use:

type concrete_event = Details.t Blob.t event with bin_io

An application that filters events to downsteam consumers based on just source or time (but doesn't need to parse details) may use:

type opaque_event = Blob.Opaque.t event with bin_io

This has two advantages:

An application that's happy to throw away details may use:

type ignored_event = Blob.Ignored.t event with bin_read

Whereas opaque_events roundtrip, ignored_events actually drop the bytes representing details when deserializing, and therefore do not roundtrip.

include Binable.S1 with type 'a t = 'a
type 'a t = 'a
val bin_shape_t : Shape.t ‑> Shape.t
val bin_size_t : ('a'a tSize.sizer1
val bin_write_t : ('a'a tWrite.writer1
val bin_read_t : ('a'a tRead.reader1
val __bin_read_t__ : ('a, int ‑> 'a tRead.reader1
val bin_writer_t : ('a'a tType_class.S1.writer
val bin_reader_t : ('a'a tType_class.S1.reader
val bin_t : ('a'a tType_class.S1.t
module Opaque : Binable.S

An Opaque.t is an arbitrary piece of bin-prot. The bin-prot (de-)serializers simply read/write the data, prefixed with its size.

module Ignored : sig ... end

An Ignored.t is an unusable value with special bin-prot converters. The reader reads the size and drops that much data from the buffer. Writing is not supported, however the size of t is kept, so bin_size_t is available.

val to_opaque : 'a t ‑> 'a Type_class.writer ‑> Opaque.t
val of_opaque_exn : Opaque.t ‑> 'a Type_class.reader ‑> 'a