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I think that including a test script into the same file as a module (and its pod) is a good idea (I said as much in RFC: Runnable test code integrated into Modules.), and now do this regularly in my own modules. If that test code happened to be useful standalone, then it is serving two possible uses which seems like a good thing to me.

A short example of doing this is a module I originally wrote to see if I could profile regexes Re: Profiling regular expressions. It now looks like this.

E:\Perl\site\lib\My>type Filter.pm #! perl -slw package My::Filter; use Filter::Simple; use Benchmark::Timer; our $t = Benchmark::Timer->new(); FILTER_ONLY regex => sub { $_ = "(?{{ \$My::Filter::t->start('$_$/') }})" . "(?:$_)" . "(?{{ \$My::Filter::t->stop('$_$/') }})"; }, ; sub report{ return $t->report() } return 1 if caller(); use strict; use My::Filter; my $stuff = 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz'; for (1..1000) { if ( $stuff =~ m[pqr] ) { $stuff =~ s/(\G(?:.{3})+?)(?<=...)(.)(.)/$1$3$2/g; } $_ = $stuff; my $OK = 1 if m[pqr]; } print $stuff; print '=' x 20, 'Timing of regexs in ', $0, '=' x 20; print My::Filter::report();

It can be run standalone like this

E:\Perl\site\lib\My>perl Filter.pm Subroutine report redefined at E:/Perl/site/lib/My/Filter.pm line 16. abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz ====================Timing of regexs in Filter.pm==================== 2000 trials of pqr (260.000ms total), 130us/trial 5000 trials of (\G(?:.{3})+?)(?<=...)(.)(.) (640.000ms total), 128us/trial

Or used from a script like this.

C:\test>perl -MMy::Filter -e"$s='abc'; print 'ok' if $s =~ m[b]; print + My::Filter::report();" ok1 trial of b (0s total) C:\test>

The only downside is having to switch to the directory where the module lives or specify the full path to in order to invoke it standalone, but there are several ways around that.


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In reply to Re: Possible to have a module act as a standalone?? by BrowserUk
in thread Possible to have a module act as a standalone?? by snafu

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