in reply to creating a Catalyst View component
While this interface seems cumbersome and adds a little overhead, it does allow for some nice capabilities, like centralized error processing, wrappers, or post-processing (think XSL transformations). I'm sure other people have really good examples of capabilities.
Anyway, you want to be looking in the documentation for how to use $c->response->body (the shorthand reference you'll often see is $c->res->body . If you look into other view code sources, you will that view actions can end with code like:
where previously generated output in $output is given to Catalyst and the view routine simply returns. You replace or add to the output body contents using the API. When you return from the view component, Catalyst (or other components in your application) may examine or modify the contents of the body. Then Catalyst will output the header, then the body.$c->response->body($output); return 1;
You will also want to check out things like $c->response->status and $c->response->content_type to see how to interact with Catalyst to specify the other HTTP output data.