How to call a server-side function from client-side?
It is possible to call server-side functions in client-side code using the ~% syntax. For security reasons, these functions must first be declared explicitely as "server functions" (with the type of their argument).
let f x = ... let%client f_rpc = ~%(server_function [%derive.json: int] f) ... [%client ... f_rpc 4 ... ]
Server functions are just syntactic sugar for pathless services returning OCaml values.
Note that you need to install ppx_deriving, and load our JSON ppx_deriving plugin in your project. The plugin is available as the Ocamlfind package js_of_ocaml.deriving.ppx.
If the function takes a more complex type, this type must have been declared with ppx_deriving. For example,
type t = int * string [@@deriving json]
Our infrastructure provides server-side data validation of the data sent, and prevents malformed data from crashing the server.