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Loading modules by external data (i.e., database)

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Contributed by theatrus on Jun 04, 2000 at 09:45 UTC
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Description:

I'm attempting to create a module which loads a Perl module by name. So a database has a list of modules by a more friendly name, and a script calls the loader function to load the actual module and return an object. Example of what I'm trying to do: sub load($module) { if ($nett_load_hash$module == 0) { use vars qw($module); $nett_load_hash$module = 1; } return $module->new(); } Obviously, it doesn't work at the 'return' part. How would I do this? PHP works nicely by loading "modules" ($module = new $name). Anything like this in Perl?

Answer: Loading modules by external data (i.e., database)
contributed by Corion

In my (frozen) file information display tool (a souped up magic program), I used dynamic loading for modules more or less like this :

$handler = eval( "use $modulename; return $modulename->new;" );
(I'm in a hurry, if this one dosen't work, tell me and I'll look up the actual code :))

Answer: Loading modules by external data (i.e., database)
contributed by chromatic

I have a Unixy solution in Building a Simple Perl Module Database. Something there might help.

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