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Yet Another Role

by Rhandom (Curate)
on Jan 25, 2010 at 20:04 UTC ( #819581=perlmeditation: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

For some time at work we have used a simple role composition class that we call AutoRole. I felt no pressing need to see it released to CPAN since there are already many ways to do it.

Today I came across an article by ovid at http://blogs.perl.org/users/ovid/2010/01/roles-without-moose.html discussing lighter role composition for some particular types of cases where using Moose isn't possible. With that in mind, I thought I'd paste the perldoc for my module and see if there is enough interest for it. If so - on to CPAN. If not - then we'll continue using it internal only.

The module is implemented in about 80 lines of code. Here is the perldoc.

=head1 SYNOPSIS use AutoRole class => 'Bam', how => 'autorequire', methods => [qw(bar baz bim)]; use AutoRole class => 'Bam', how => 'compile', methods => { bar => 1, baz => 1, bim => 'bim_by_some_other_name', }; use AutoRole class => 'Bam', how => $ENV{'MOD_PERL'} && 'compile', # will default to autore +quire if not mod_perl method => 'flimflam', + use AutoRole class => 'Bam', how => 'autoload', # better if you are using many many mixin m +ethods methods => [qw(bar baz bim biz boon bong brim)]; + use AutoRole Bam => [qw(bar baz bim)]; use AutoRole Bam => autorequire => [qw(bar baz bim)]; # same thing use AutoRole Bam => compile => [qw(bar baz bim)]; use AutoRole Bam => methods => '*'; # load ALL methods from Bam + - at compile time use AutoRole Bam => '*'; # same thing + use AutoRole 'Bam'; # same thing + use AutoRole Bam => {'*' => qr{^bam_}}; # load All methods from Bam + that begin with bam_ use AutoRole Bam => qr{^bam_}; # same thing + use AutoRole Bam => qr{^(?!bam_)}; # load ALL methods not begi +nning with bam_ =head1 DESCRIPTION AutoRole is similar to many of the CPAN variants that handle things refered to as Traits, Roles, and Mixins. All of these are fairly similar to each other (in Perl land) though there are subtle nuances. If you use the type C<how> of compile - there is little difference in using AutoRole vs. the CPAN counterparts. If you use autorequire or autoload however, you save loading the modules until it is necessary to do so. This allows for the creation of "heavy" interfaces with very light frontends. AutoRole allows for only loading extra modules if that role's interface is used. One more win with roles/mixins/traits is that you can keep your inheritance tree sane (rather than inheriting from a role class). =head1 PARAMETERS In many cases the class, how, and method keywords are not needed and the intent can be determined based on the types of parameters. However, you can always pass the parameter names to be specific. =over 4 =item C<class> This represents the class you would like to load the roles from. =item C<how> Can be one of compile, autorequire, or autoload. Default is autorequire if methods are passed, default is compile if no methods are passed or if '*' or qr{} are used for methods. Option C<compile> will load the module and mix the specified subs/methods in as needed at compile time. Option C<autorequire> does not load the module at compile time, instead it loads a stub subroutine that will require the module, re-install the real subroutine in place of the stub, and then goto that subroutine (to keep the call stack like it should be). Option C<autoload> tries to do as little work as possible by only installing an AUTOLOAD subroutine that will load the role methods when called. This is a good option over autorequire if you have a large number of role methods (it gives more of a runtime hit rather than a compiletime hit). =item C<methods> or C<method> Takes an arrayref or hashref of names or a single method name to load +. If a hashref is passed, the value may be a different name to alias it to, or an arr +ayref of names to alias to. + method => 'foo' methods => 'foo' methods => ['foo'], methods => {foo => 1}, methods => {foo => 'foo'} methods => {foo => 'bar'} # installs a method called bar + rather than foo methods => {foo => ['bar', 'baz']} # installs both bar and baz as + rather than foo You can use the special method name of C<*> to load all of the methods + from the sub. The downside to this is it will automatically change to compile time b +ehavior (because it needs to lookup the list of available methods). + method => '*' method => {'*' => 1}, If the methods are specified with a hashref, the value of a C<*> entry may be a regex that will be used to match method names. Note however +that this retrieval is only one class deep - so if your role inherits from a bas +e role you will need to load it separately. + method => {'*' => qr{^debug}} # loads all methods beginning with d +ebug methods => {foo => 1, '*' => qr{^bar}, # loads foo and any other method beg +inning with bar } If you use C<*> and other aliases at the same time, the other aliases +win. Since it is a common thing to do - you may also pass simply a qr{} and + it will work like {'*' => qr{}}. methods => qr{^debug} # load all methods beginning with debug methods => qr{^(?!debug)} # load all methods not beginning with de +bug If the how option is C<compile> and no method or methods are passed, i +t will default to '*'. However if no methods are passed on autorequire or autoload, it +will die. =back =head1 DIAGNOTICS =over 4 =item C<Missing class name> Occurs when the C<class> paramter name is used but no class name follo +ws. =item C<Missing how type> Occurs when the C<how> type is used but no type follows. =item C<How type $how is invalid> Type can only be compile or autorequire. =item C<Method name conflict - ${pkg}::$dest already exists> Occurs if you try and use a method name from a role that is already de +fined as a method in your class. You can work around this by using the alia +s feature of the C<method> parameter. =item C<Missing list of methods to load> Occurs if you fail to pass a list of methods during autorequire or aut +oload. Note that if you don't pass a list under how type C<compile> it will d +efault to '*'. =back =head1 AUTHOR Paul Seamons =cut


Let me know what you think.

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