Rose::HTML::Form::Field::DateTime::Split::MonthDayYear - Compound field for dates with separate text fields for month, day, and year.


    $field =
        label   => 'Date',
        name    => 'date', 
        default => '12/31/2002');

    print $field->field('month')->internal_value; # "12"

    print $field->internal_value; # "2002-12-31T20:00:00"
    print $field->output_value;   # "2002-12-31 08:00:00 PM"


    # "Could not parse date: blah"
    $field->validate or warn $field->error;


    $dt = $field->internal_value; # DateTime object

    print $dt->hour;     # 17
    print $dt->day_name; # Wednesday

    print $field->html;


Rose::HTML::Form::Field::DateTime::Split::MonthDayYear a compound field for dates with separate text fields for month, day, and year.

This class inherits (indirectly) from both Rose::HTML::Form::Field::DateTime and Rose::HTML::Form::Field::Compound. This doesn't quite work out as expected without a bit of tweaking. We'd like inflate_value() and validate() methods to be inherited from Rose::HTML::Form::Field::DateTime, but everything else to be inherited from Rose::HTML::Form::Field::Compound.

To solve this problem, there's an intermediate class that imports the correct set of methods. This class then inherits from the intermediate class. This works, and isolates the tricky bits to a single intermediate class, but it also demonstrates the problems that can crop up when multiple inheritance is combined with a strong aversion to code duplication.

Inheritence shenanigans aside, this class is a good example of a compound field that also provides an "inflated" internal value (a DateTime object).

It is important that this class (indirectly) inherits from Rose::HTML::Form::Field::Compound. See the Rose::HTML::Form::Field::Compound documentation for more information.


date_parser [PARSER]

Get or set the date parser object. This object must include a parse_datetime() method that takes a single string as an argument and returns a DateTime object, or undef if parsing fails.

If the parser object has an error() method, it will be called to set the error message after a failed parsing attempt.

The parser object defaults to Rose::DateTime::Parser->new().

time_zone [TZ]

If the parser object has a time_zone() method, this method simply calls it, passing all arguments. Otherwise, undef is returned.


Other examples of custom fields:


A text field that only accepts valid email addresses.


Uses inflate/deflate to coerce input into a fixed format.


Uses inflate/deflate to convert input to a DateTime object.


A compound field whose internal value consists of more than one object.


A simple compound field that coalesces multiple subfields into a single value.


A compound field that includes other compound fields and uses inflate/deflate convert input from multiple subfields into a DateTime object.


John C. Siracusa (


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