Typed Context Access for Go

Using generics to access values in a context.Context.

This makes sure that you never need to cast the values you get from ctx.Value at runtime.


package main

import (

	typedcontext "github.com/mraerino/typed-context"

type RequestID string

func main() {
	ctx := context.Background()

	// set a value
	ctx = typedcontext.Set(ctx, RequestID("12345"))

	// get a value
	requestID, ok := typedcontext.Get[RequestID](ctx)
	if !ok {
		panic("Not found!")
	fmt.Printf("Request ID: %s\n", requestID)

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In a micro-benchmark, this library performs about half as fast as manually using the stdlib. Most likely because of the use of reflection.

goos: darwin
goarch: amd64
pkg: github.com/mraerino/typed-context
cpu: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-9980HK CPU @ 2.40GHz
BenchmarkStdlib-16      220490232                5.361 ns/op           0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkTyped-16       104538015               12.03 ns/op            0 B/op          0 allocs/op
ok      github.com/mraerino/typed-context       4.336s


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