NAME

Data::MethodProxy - Inject dynamic data into static data.

SYNOPSIS

    use Data::MethodProxy;
    
    my $mproxy = Data::MethodProxy->new();
    
    my $output = $mproxy->render({
        half_six => ['$proxy', 'main', 'half', 6],
    });
    # { half_six => 3 }
    
    sub half {
        my ($class, $number) = @_;
        return $number / 2;
    }

DESCRIPTION

A method proxy is an array ref describing a class method to call and the arguments to pass to it. The first value of the array ref is the scalar $proxy, followed by a package name, then a subroutine name which must callable in the package, and a list of any subroutine arguments.

    [ '$proxy', 'Foo::Bar', 'baz', 123, 4 ]

The above is saying, do this:

    Foo::Bar->baz( 123, 4 );

The "render" method is the main entry point for replacing all found method proxies in an arbitrary data structure with the return value of calling the methods.

Example

Consider this static YAML configuration:

    ---
    db:
        dsn: DBI:mysql:database=foo
        username: bar
        password: abc123

Putting your database password inside of a configuration file is usually considered a bad practice. You can use a method proxy to get around this without jumping through a bunch of hoops:

    ---
    db:
        dsn: DBI:mysql:database=foo
        username: bar
        password:
            - $proxy
            - MyApp::Config
            - get_db_password
            - foo-bar

When "render" is called on the above data structure it will see the method proxy and will replace the array ref with the return value of calling the method.

A method proxy, in Perl syntax, looks like this:

    ['$proxy', $package, $method, @args]

The $proxy string can also be written as &proxy. The above is then converted to a method call and replaced by the return value of the method call:

    $package->$method( @args );

In the above database password example the method call would be this:

    MyApp::Config->get_db_password( 'foo-bar' );

You'd still need to create a MyApp::Config package, and add a get_db_password method to it.

METHODS

render

    my $output = $mproxy->render( $input );

Traverses the supplied data looking for method proxies, calling them, and replacing them with the return value of the method call. Any value may be passed, such as a hash ref, an array ref, a method proxy, an object, a scalar, etc. Array and hash refs will be recursively searched for method proxies.

If a circular reference is detected an error will be thrown.

call

    my $return = $mproxy->call( ['$proxy', $package, $method, @args] );

Calls the method proxy and returns its return.

is_valid

    die unless $mproxy->is_valid( ... );

Returns true if the passed value looks like a method proxy.

is_callable

    die unless $mproxy->is_callable( ... );

Returns true if the passed value looks like a method proxy, and has a package and method which exist.

SUPPORT

Please submit bugs and feature requests to the Data-MethodProxy GitHub issue tracker:

https://github.com/bluefeet/Data-MethodProxy/issues

AUTHORS

    Aran Clary Deltac <bluefeet@gmail.com>

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to ZipRecruiter for encouraging their employees to contribute back to the open source ecosystem. Without their dedication to quality software development this distribution would not exist.

LICENSE

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