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Re: Structure of a large Perl GUI application

by dragonchild (Archbishop)
on Feb 18, 2009 at 14:57 UTC ( #744779=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Structure of a large Perl GUI application

pubsub is really the way to go for this. The Javascript frameworks provide this sort of thing and it's really useful. Essentially, you create a place for subscribers to go subscribe. Each subscriber will register a callback with the central office, in essence "When XYZ is published to, please call this function with whatever arguments are provided." Then, the publisher will, when publishing to the event, ring up the central office and say "I want to publish to XYZ with ($foo, $bar)". The central office then trips the callbacks with ($foo, $bar).

Something like the following could be used:

package CentralOffice; my %events; my %names; my $counter = 0; sub subscribe { my $self = shift; my ($event, $callback, $name) = @_; $event = lc $event; $name ||= sprintf( "subscription_%04d", $counter++ ); $name = lc $name; $events{$event} ||= {}; # This is the subscribe step $events{$event}{$name} = $callback; return $name; } sub unsubscribe { my $self = shift; my ($event, $name) = @_; $event = lc $event; $name = lc $name; # This is the unsubscribe step return delete $events{$event}{$name}; } sub publish { my $self = shift; my ($event, @args) = @_; return unless %{$events{$event}}; # This is the publish step. $_->(@args) for values %{$events{$event}}; return 1; }
Usage should be pretty self-explanatory.

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  1. Does it work?
  2. Can someone else come in, make a change, and be reasonably certain no bugs were introduced?

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