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Tidy up your Observable Streams with Kotlin’s Sealed Classes

Collin Flynn
Aug 30, 2017 · 3 min read
.subscribe(new SingleObserver<UserInfo>() {
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No problem.

The Java Way

onSuccess(Either<UserInfo, EmailUpdateError> result)
if (either.isSuccess()) {
UserInfo userInfo = either.success().get();
// handle success
} else {
EmailUpdateFailure failure = either.failure().get();
// handle failure
You could collapse the models down to a more elegant wrapper (other than Pair<>), but the problem remains: nullable fields and manual state checking.

Use Kotlin’s Sealed Classes

The compiler can know for sure that all EmailUpdate objects will be one of these types.
override fun onSuccess(result: EmailUpdate) {
when (result) {
is Success -> publish(result.updatedProfile)
PermissionDenied -> onPermissionDenied()
SignInToContinue -> showSignInDialog()
is EmailInvalid ->
showEmailError(result.input, result.error)
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