use 5.008001;
use strict;
use warnings;

package Hash::Objectify;

# ABSTRACT: Create objects from hashes on the fly

our $VERSION = '0.008';

use Carp;
use Exporter 5.57 'import';
use Scalar::Util qw/blessed/;

our @EXPORT    = qw/objectify/;
our @EXPORT_OK = qw/objectify_lax/;

my %CACHE;
my $COUNTER = 0;

sub objectify {
    my ( $ref, $package ) = @_;
    my $type = ref $ref;
    unless ( $type eq 'HASH' ) {
        $type =
            $type eq ''   ? "a scalar value"
          : blessed($ref) ? "an object of class $type"
          :                 "a reference of type $type";
        croak "Error: Can't objectify $type";
    if ( defined $package ) {
        no strict 'refs';
        push @{ $package . '::ISA' }, 'Hash::Objectified'
          unless $package->isa('Hash::Objectified');
    else {
        my ( $caller, undef, $line ) = caller;
        my $cachekey = join "", sort keys %$ref;
        if ( !defined $CACHE{$caller}{$line}{$cachekey} ) {
            no strict 'refs';
            $package = $CACHE{$caller}{$line}{$cachekey} = "Hash::Objectified$COUNTER";
            @{ $package . '::ISA' } = 'Hash::Objectified';
        else {
            $package = $CACHE{$caller}{$line}{$cachekey};
    return bless {%$ref}, $package;

sub objectify_lax {
    my ( $ref, $package ) = @_;
    my $obj = objectify( $ref, $package );
    $package ||= ref($obj);
        no strict 'refs';
        unshift @{ $package . '::ISA' }, 'Hash::Objectified::Lax';
    return $obj;

package Hash::Objectified;

use Class::XSAccessor;


sub can {
    my ( $self, $key ) = @_;
    return undef unless ref $self && exists $self->{$key}; ## no critic
    $self->$key; # install accessor if not installed
    return $self->SUPER::can($key);

    my $self   = shift;
    my $method = $AUTOLOAD;
    $method =~ s/.*:://;
    if ( ref $self && exists $self->{$method} ) {
            accessors => { $method => $method },
            class     => ref $self
        return $self->$method(@_);
    else {
        return $self->_handle_missing($method);

sub _handle_missing {
    my ( $self, $method ) = @_;
    my $class = ref $self || $self;
    die qq{Can't locate object method "$method" via package "$class"};

sub DESTROY { } # because we AUTOLOAD, we need this too

package Hash::Objectified::Lax;

sub _handle_missing {
    return undef; ## no critic


# vim: ts=4 sts=4 sw=4 et:



=encoding UTF-8

=head1 NAME

Hash::Objectify - Create objects from hashes on the fly

=head1 VERSION

version 0.008


  use Hash::Objectify;

  # turn a hash reference into an object with accessors

  $object = objectify { foo => 'bar', wibble => 'wobble' };
  print $object->foo;

  # objectify with a specific class name

  $object = objectify { foo => 'bar' }, "Foo::Response";
  print ref $object; # "Foo::Response"


Hash::Objectify turns a hash reference into a simple object with accessors
for each of the keys.

One application of this module could be to create lightweight response
objects without the extra work of setting up an entire response class with
the framework of your choice.

Using Hash::Objectify is slower than accessing the keys of the hash
directly, but does provide "typo protection" since a misspelled method is
an error.

=head1 USAGE

By default, the C<objectify> function is automatically exported.

=head2 objectify

  $object = objectify $hashref
  $object = objectify $hashref, $classname;

  $object->$key;          # accessor
  $object->$key($value);  # mutator

The C<objectify> function copies the hash reference (shallow copy), and
blesses it into the given classname.  If no classname is given, a
meaningless, generated package name is used instead.  In either case, the
object will inherit from the Hash::Objectified class, which generates
accessors on demand for any key in the hash.

As an optimization, a generated classname will be the same for any given
C<objectify> call if the keys of the input are the same.  (This avoids
excessive accessor generation.)

The first time a method is called on the object, an accessor will be
dynamically generated if the key exists.  If the key does not exist, an
exception is thrown.  Note: deleting a key I<after> calling it as an
accessor will not cause subsequent calls to throw an exception; the
accessor will merely return undef.

Objectifying with a "real" classname that does anything other than inherit
from Hash::Objectified may lead to surprising behaviors from method name
conflict.  You probably don't want to do that.

Objectifying anything other than an unblessed hash reference is an error.
This is true even for objects based on blessed hash references, since the
correct semantics are not universally obvious.  If you really want
Hash::Objectify for access to the keys of a blessed hash, you should make
an explicit, shallow copy:

  my $copy = objectify {%$object};

=head2 objectify_lax

  $object = objectify_lax { foo => 'bar' };
  $object->quux; # not fatal

This works just like L</objectify>, except that non-existing keys return
C<undef> instead of throwing exceptions.  Non-existing keys will still
return C<undef> if checked with C<can>.

B<WARNING>: having an object that doesn't throw on unknown methods violates
object-oriented behavior expectations so is generally a bad idea.  If you
really feel you need this, be aware that the safety guard is removed and
you might lose a finger.

If called with an existing non-lax objectified package name, the behavior
of accessors not yet called with change to become lax.  You probably don't
want to do that.

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=head1 CAVEATS

If an objectified hashref contains keys that conflict with existing
resolvable methods (e.g. C<can>, C<AUTOLOAD>, C<DESTROY>), you won't be
able to access those keys via a method as the existing methods take

Specifying custom package names or manipulating C<@ISA> for objectified
packages (including subclassing) is likely to lead to surprising behavior.
It is not recommended and is not supported.  If it breaks, you get to keep
the pieces.

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=head1 SUPPORT

=head2 Bugs / Feature Requests

Please report any bugs or feature requests through the issue tracker
at L<>.
You will be notified automatically of any progress on your issue.

=head2 Source Code

This is open source software.  The code repository is available for
public review and contribution under the terms of the license.


  git clone

=head1 AUTHOR

David Golden <>


This software is Copyright (c) 2012 by David Golden.

This is free software, licensed under:

  The Apache License, Version 2.0, January 2004