IMNSHO almost all of those things you call "other information" ought to be part of the payment object, and I would certainly pass that. Textual descriptions should be accessible via the appropriate reference tables using the appropriate methods on your object (specially if it's a DBIx::Class object. The urls can be pulled out of the catalyst context object which your templating system ought to have access to.
I.E. I'd pass the object. I often stash other stuff, but not for the reasons you mention.
CENSORED database dates! As far as I'm concerned, there are only three reasonable forms for a date in a perl program:
- epoch time (seconds since 1970)
- an ISO date/time string (you know: YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZZ) using as much as you need
- a DateTime object
Only the first two can be stored in a database. I never
use database date formats. I've had to use quite a number of different databases and none of them agree on anything to do with dates/times. And none of them support time-zones. And none of them do what I want. I've had nothing but trouble and wasted time from database date/times. I use an epoch integer or an ISO string, (whichever is appropriate) to store them and convert them to a DateTime object to manipulate them. And it just works. I hate
database date/time handling.
Sorry about that. Now I feel better.
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