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Re^2: Ubiquity of the CGI param method

by jwark (Novice)
on Aug 11, 2010 at 12:29 UTC ( #854343=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Ubiquity of the CGI param method
in thread Ubiquity of the CGI param method

Interesting. That appears to be pretty good for a quickie. That does look like it covers a lot of what I usually do with the param() method.

However (and this goes back to wanting an RFC type thing), the param method does more. I believe that you are able to set values (not too bad to implement) and I believe that you are supposed to be able to have multiple values (array refs) per parameter. Again, I don't believe that those would be too difficult to implement off of what you presented here, but I wonder what other features I am missing.

The Data::FormValidator (and I keep going back to that because it is the package that made me think about this) uses an object with a param method, but I don't know what features of the param method are used. Probably the most basic like you described above, but a complete param() method would be desirable.

Thank you (both) very much for your time. If you have any more ideas, I would appreciate them.


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Re^3: Ubiquity of the CGI param method
by jaldhar (Vicar) on Aug 12, 2010 at 06:30 UTC

    Allow me to throw my hat into the ring. I've tested this with Data::FormValidator and HTML::Template and it seems to work fine.

    package Object::WithParams; use warnings; use strict; use Carp qw/ croak /; =pod =head1 NAME Object::WithParams - An Object With Params =head1 VERSION Version 0.1 =cut our $VERSION = '0.1'; =head1 SYNOPSIS use Object::WithParams; my $thingy = Object::WithParams->new(); # set a param $thingy->param(veggie => 'tomato'); # get a param my $veggie = $thingy->param('veggie'); # $veggie eq 'tomato' # get all params my @params = $thingy->param(); # @params == ('veggie') # clone a Object::WithParams my $doodad = $thingy->clone; # $doodad->param('veggie') == 'tomato +' # delete a param $thingy->delete('veggie'); # delete all params $thingy->clear(); =head1 DESCRIPTION Use this module to create objects that do nothing except contain param +eters defined by you which you can get and set as you wish. Many modules su +ch as L<Data::FormValidator> have methods that accept an object with a param +() method and this object should be compatible with all of them. This module really ought to be a role but there is no standardized way + to do that in Perl 5. (Not everyone uses L<Moose>.) =head1 METHODS =head2 new Creates a new, empty L<Object::WithParams>. =cut sub new { my ($class) = @_; my $self = {}; return bless $self, $class; } =head2 clear Deletes all the extent parameters. Does not return anything. $thingy->clear(); =cut sub clear { my ($self) = @_; foreach my $param ( keys %{$self} ) { delete $self->{$param}; } return; } =head2 clone Returns a new L<Object::WithParams> with the same set of parameters as + the old one. my $doodad = $thingy->clone(); =cut sub clone { my ($self) = @_; my $clone = Object::WithParams->new(); foreach my $param ( $self->param() ) { $clone->param( $param => $self->param($param) ); } return $clone; } =head2 delete Delete the named parameter. $thingy->delete('veggie'); =cut sub delete { ## no critic 'Subroutines::ProhibitBuiltinHomonyms' my ( $self, $param ) = @_; if ( defined $param && exists $self->{$param} ) { delete $self->{$param}; } return; } =head2 param The C<param> method can be called in three ways. =over 4 =item with no arguments. Returns a list of the parameters contained in the object. my @params = $thingy->param(); =item with a single scalar argument. The value of the parameter with the name of the argument will be retur +ned. my $color = $thingy->param('color'); =item with named arguments A parameter is created for one or more sets of keys and values. $thingy->param(filename => 'logo.jpg', height => 50, width => 100); You could also use a hashref. my $arg_ref = { filename => 'logo.jpg', height => 50, width => 100 }; $thingy->param($arg_ref); The value of a parameter need not be a scalar, it could be any any sor +t of reference even a coderef. $thingy->param(number => &pick_a_random_number); Does not return anything. =back =cut sub param { my ( $self, @args ) = @_; my $num_args = scalar @args; if ($num_args) { if ( ref $args[0] eq 'HASH' ) { # a hashref %{$self} = ( %{$self}, %{ $args[0] } ); } elsif ( $num_args % 2 == 0 ) { # a hash %{$self} = ( %{$self}, @args ); } elsif ( $num_args == 1 ) { # a scalar return $self->{ $args[0] }; } else { croak('Odd number of arguments passed to param().'); } } else { return keys %{$self}; } return; } 1;

    What do you think? I can finish writing the tests and put it up on on CPAN if it is of interest.

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        Well played; I had personally forgotten that the param method allows updates to be made - since I treat it as read-only when fetching parameters from CGI scripts.

        Steve
        --

        Ask and you shall receive.

        I was asking my cubicle mate the other day whether or not such a package existed. He did not know of a specific one, so I posted the topic here. As a regular viewer of the recent additions to CPAN, this morning my cubicle mate made mention of a recently added package....Object::WithParams. Yayyy.

        I must say I feel a little honoured to have planted the thought that so quickly turned into a module.

        Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread

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