Malte Ubl

NAME

Class::Void - A class that stringifies to nothing for whatever you do with it

SYNOPSIS use Class::Void;

        my $object = Class::Void->new;
  
        $object->foo->bar("baz")->foo;
        print $object->employees("bob_smith")->age;
        print $object->bla("test")->foo->bar->baz * 2 / 2 * $object ** 8;

        if(my $coderef = $object->can("sleep")) {
                $coderef->()
        }

        package Foo;
        use base "Class::Void";
        sub new {
                my $class = shift;
                bless {}, $class;
        }

DESCRIPTION

All method calls against this class or one of its instances return another instance of the class. The behavior is the same for operations against its instances. Stringification returns the empty string which means you can do pretty much everything with this module, in the end you always get nothing.

Exceptions

Did I use words like everything, always and all? Well, here are the exceptions: Methods defined in UNIVERSAL are not overridden, because these methods should have a common behavior for all classes. This means that your Class::Void objects will return true for $object->isa("Class::Void").

can is special. It always returns a coderef to a function which has the typical behavior of methods defined in Class::Void.

Subclassing

You may subclass Class::Void. This might be especially useful to give some meaning to the objects internals by overriding "new" with a method that returns some kind of blessed reference other than a scalar.

"Why the hell would I need that?"

Everytime you have some class which isn't quite finished or which doesnt provide a way to quietly do nothing, you can use this module as a stub or a plug for the hole. Replacing objects of this class with objects of another class can change a web page to change data to a page for new entries in seconds. Another suggested use is to plug dead ends in a tree with something which doesn't die on method calls but which doesn't take much memory, either.

I'd be very interested in other uses, so please drop me a mail if you did something fancy with this module.

BUGS

Using this module might be a bug :-)

COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2000-2001 Malte Ubl <ubl@schaffhausen.de> All rights reserved.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.