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URI::BNode - RDF blank node identifiers which are also URI objects


Version 0.06


    my $bnode = URI::BNode->new;

    print "$bnode\n"; # something like _:EH_kW827XQ6vvX0yF8YzRA


This module has two purposes:

  1. Provide a reliable factory interface for generating RDF blank nodes (via random UUIDs permuted through Data::UUID::NCName).

  2. When an RDF blank node class is a subclass of URI, you can use identity tests to make more robust RDF interfaces, like so:

        $node->isa('URI');        # either URI or bnode, but not literal
        $node->isa('URI::BNode'); # narrow it down further

    Along the same vein, coerce string literals into the correct class by heuristic:

        my $subject = '_:foo';
        my $node = URI::BNode->new($subject); # _:foo becomes a bnode
        # URI::BNode->new('http://foo/') would properly become
        # a URI::http object.


new [$ID]

Creates a new blank node identifier. If $ID is undefined or empty, one will be generated using Data::UUID::NCName. If $ID has a value, it must either begin with _: or conform to the blank node syntax from the Turtle spec. Other values, including other URIs, will be passed to the URI constructor.

name [$NEWVAL]

Alias for "opaque".

opaque [$NEWVAL]

Retrieve or, if supplied a value, replace the blank node's value with a new one. This method will croak if passed a $NEWVAL which doesn't match the spec in http://www.w3.org/TR/turtle/#BNodes.

from_uuid_urn $UUID

Takes a URI::urn::uuid object and turns it into a blank node. Can be invoked as either a class or an instance method.


Takes a blank node (in the proper form) and turns it into a URI::urn::uuid object.

skolemize $AUTHORITY

Return the skolemized URI ($AUTHORITY/.well-known/genid/...) for a given blank node. See RDF 1.1 Concepts.

de_skolemize $URI

Take a skolemized URI like http://foo.com/.well-known/genid/asdf and turn it into _:asdf.


Dorian Taylor, <dorian at cpan.org>


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


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc URI::BNode

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Copyright 2013 Dorian Taylor.

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