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Handling Multiple POST Forms in Yesod

By James Parker - February 14, 2017

Yesod, a web framework for Haskell, provides convenient functionality that makes it simple to render and parse web forms. Unfortunately, it is not as elegant when it comes to implementing a POST handler that can process multiple web forms. This blog post presents one approach that simplifies the processing of multiple web forms in a single handler.

The first step to handling multiple POST forms is to use the identifyForm function. This function takes a string that uniquely identifies a given form and embeds a hidden field in the form (which is given as the second argument). When parsing a request’s POST data, if the hidden field’s identifier does not match the form’s unique identifier, parsing will return a FormMissing. This allows the request handler to parse other forms until one parses successfully. Here is an example of how to use identifyForm:

-- Data type for formA. 
data FormDataA = FormDataA Text

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