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Re^3: Why is a hash the default "object" in oo perl?

by blokhead (Monsignor)
on Jul 18, 2004 at 17:02 UTC ( #375401=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Why is a hash the default "object" in oo perl?
in thread Why is a hash the default "object" in oo perl?

See Class::Tables for the full code. The basic idea is that the object implementation is a blessed scalar holding the tuple's primary key. I can also tell what database table it belongs to by what class it's blessed into. I use these two pieces of information to address a deep hash with all the accessor data. The general idea is:

my $DATA; sub id { ${+shift} } # $obj->column_name() # $obj->field("column_name") sub field { my ($self, $col) = @_; my $table = (ref $self)->_table; my $id = $self->id; return $DATA{$table}{$id}{$col}; }
The DESTROY method I gave in the previous post was for the benefit of theAcolyte and the basic inside-out mechanism. You're right that in my code, since the data should stay around as long as there's an object that might need it, I have to do something a little more clever. I end up doing my own form of reference counting. Each time I make an object, I increment $COUNT{$table}{$id}. Each time an object is destroyed, I decrement that count and if the count became zero, clear out the appropriate part of the %DATA hash (and %COUNT as well).

blokhead


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