WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value::Random::Date - Fill a timestamp into an HTML form field


  use WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller;
  use WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value::Random::Date;

  my $f = WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller->new();

  # Create a random value for the HTML field "born"

  my $born = WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value::Random::Date->new(
    born => string => '%Y%m%d', min => '20000101', max => '20373112' );
  $f->add_value( born => $born );

  # Alternatively take the following shorthand, which adds the
  # field to the list as well :

  # If there is no password, put a random one out of the list there
  my $last_here = $f->add_filler( last_here => Random::Date => string => '%H%M%S', min => '000000', max => 'now');


This class provides a way to write a randomly chosen value into a HTML field.


Creates a new value which will correspond to the HTML field NAME. The allowed %ARGS are

  string => POSIX strftime string
  min    => minimum time stamp (inclusive)
  max    => maximum time stamp (exclusive)

The min and max time stamps must be in the same format as the string supplies.


The algorithm to implement min and max barriers is very simplicistic - it tries as many random values as necessary to meet the two criteria. This means that your script may enter an infinite loop if the criteria can never be attained or are too little apart.

name [NEWNAME]

Gets and sets the name of the HTML field this value corresponds to.

value FIELD

Returns the value to put into the HTML field.


None by default.

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

Copyright (C) 2002,2003 Max Maischein


Max Maischein, <>

Please contact me if you find bugs or otherwise improve the module. More tests are also very welcome !


Data::Random, WWW::Mechanize, WWW::Mechanize::Shell, WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller, WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value::Value, WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value::Default, WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value::Fixed, WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value::Interactive