Data::InputMonster - consume data from multiple sources, best first; om nom nom!


version 0.010


This module lets you describe a bunch of input fields you expect. For each field, you can specify validation, a default, and multiple places to look for a value. The first valid value found is accepted and returned in the results.



  my $monster = Data::InputMonster->new({
    fields => {
      field_name => \%field_spec,

This builds a new monster. For more information on the %field_spec parameters, see below.


  my $result = $monster->consume($input, \%arg);

This method processes the given input and returns a hashref of the finally accepted values. $input can be anything; it is up to the field definitions to expect and handle the data you plan to feed the monster.

Valid arguments are:

  no_default_for - a field name or arrayref of field names for which to NOT
                   fall back to default values


Each field is defined by a hashref with the following entries:

  sources - an arrayref of sources; see below; required
  filter  - a coderef to preprocess candidate values
  check   - a coderef to validate candidate values
  store   - a coderef to store accepted values
  default - a value to use if no source provides an acceptable value

Sources may be given in one of two formats:

  [ source_name => $source, ... ]
  [ $source_1, $source_2, ... ]

In the second form, sources will be assigned unique names.

The source value is a coderef which, handed the $input argument to the consume method, returns a candidate value (or undef). It is also handed a hashref of relevant information, most importantly field_name.

A filter is a coderef that works by altering $_.

If given, check must be a coderef that inspects $_ and returns a true if the value is acceptable.

Store is called if a value is accepted. It is passed the monster and a hashref with the following entries:

  value  - the value accepted
  source - the name of the source from which the value was accepted
  input  - the input given to the consume method
  field_name - the field name

If default is given, it must be a simple scalar (in which case that is the default) or a coderef that will be called to provide a default value as needed.


Ricardo SIGNES <>


This software is copyright (c) 2013 by Ricardo SIGNES.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.