Eric Strom

NAME

Lvalue - add lvalue getters and setters to existing objects

VERSION

version 0.21

SYNOPSIS

Lvalue takes an object produced by some other package and wraps it with lvalue functionality implemented with the object's original getter and setter routines. Lvalue assumes its object uses the relatively standard getter / setter idiom where any arguments is a setter, and no arguments is a getter.

By wrapping an existing object's getters and setters, Lvalue gives you the syntactic niceties of lvalues, without the inherent encapsulation violations of the :lvalue subroutine attribute.

    my $obj = NormalObject->new();

    $obj->value(5);

    print $obj->value(); # prints 5

    use Lvalue;

    Lvalue->wrap( $obj );

    $obj->value = 10;

    print $obj->value;   # prints 10

    $_ += 2 for $obj->value;

    print $obj->value;   # prints 12

EXPORT

this module does not export anything by default but can export the functions below (which can all also be called as methods of Lvalue)

    use Lvalue qw/lvalue/; # or 'wrap', also 'unwrap'/'rvalue'

    lvalue my $obj = SomePackage->new;

    $obj->value = 5;

    Lvalue->unwrap( $obj );

    $obj->value = 6; # dies

FUNCTIONS

wrap OBJECT
lvalue OBJECT

wrap an object with lvalue getters / setters

    my $obj = Lvalue->wrap( SomePackage->new );

or in a constructor:

    sub new {
        my $class = shift;
        my $self  = {@_};
        Lvalue->wrap( bless $self => $class );
    }

in void context, an in-place modification is done:

    my $obj = SomePackage->new;

    Lvalue->wrap( $obj );

    $obj->value = 5;

the alias lvalue is provided for wrap which when you export it as a function, can lead to some nice code:

    use NormalObject;
    use Lvalue 'lvalue';

    lvalue my $obj = NormalObject->new;

    $obj->value = 5;
unwrap LVALUE_OBJECT
rvalue LVALUE_OBJECT

returns the original object

AUTHOR

Eric Strom, <asg at cpan.org>

BUGS

special care is taken to ensure that overloaded objects still work properly. if you encounter an error please let me know.

Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-lvalue at rt.cpan.org, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=Lvalue. I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.

COPYRIGHT & LICENSE

Copyright 2010 Eric Strom.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License.

See http://dev.perl.org/licenses/ for more information.