Weather::Com::Cached - Perl extension for getting weather information from


  use Data::Dumper;
  use Weather::Com::Cached;
  # define parameters for weather search
  my %params = (
                'cache'      => '/tmp/weathercache',
                'current'    => 1,
                'forecast'   => 3,
                'links'      => 1,
                'units'      => 's',
                'proxy'      => '',
                'timeout'    => 250,
                'debug'      => 1,
                'partner_id' => 'somepartnerid',
                'license'    => '12345678',
  # instantiate a new object
  my $cached_weather = Weather::Com::Cached->new(%params);
  # search for locations called 'Heidelberg'
  my $locations = $cached_weather->search('Heidelberg')
        or die "No location found!\n";
  # and then get the weather for each location found
  foreach (keys %{$locations}) {
        my $weather = $cached_weather->get_weather($_);
        print Dumper($weather);


Weather::Com::Cached is a Perl module that provides low level OO interface to gather all weather information that is provided by

Please refer to Weather::Com for the high level interfaces.

This module implements the caching business rules that apply to all applications programmed against the xoap API of Except from the cache parameter to be used while instantiating a new object instance, this module has the same API than Weather::Com::Base. It's only a simple caching wrapper around it.

The caching mechanism for location searches is very simple. We assume that location codes on will never change. Therefore, a search string that has been successfully used once to search for locations will never cause another search on the web. Each location search results will be stored in the file locations.dat. If you want to refresh your locations cache, simply delete this file.

Although it's really simple, the module uses Storable methods lock_store and lock_retrieve to implement shared locking for reading cache files and exclusive locking for writing to chache files. By this way the same cache files should be able to be used by several application instances using Weather::Com::Cached.

You'll need to register at to to get a free partner id and a license key to be used within all applications that you want to write against's xoap interface.


The location caching mechanism has been extended with version 0.4. Up to V0.4 searches were stored this way:

  $locations_cache = {
                'New York' => {
                         'USNY1000' => 'New York/La Guardia Arpt, NY',
                         'USNY0998' => 'New York/Central Park, NY',
                         'USNY0999' => 'New York/JFK Intl Arpt, NY',
                         'USNY0996' => 'New York, NY'

This has changed the way it does not only store a

  search_string => locations

hash. The cache now also stores a hash for each location name found:

  $locations_cache => {
        'new york' => {
                'USNY1000' => 'New York/La Guardia Arpt, NY',
                'USNY0998' => 'New York/Central Park, NY',
                'USNY0999' => 'New York/JFK Intl Arpt, NY',
                'USNY0996' => 'New York, NY'
        'new york/central park, ny' => {
                'USNY0998' => 'New York/Central Park, NY'
        'new york/la guardia arpt, ny' => {
                'USNY1000' => 'New York/La Guardia Arpt, NY'
        'new york, ny' => {
                'USNY0996' => 'New York, NY'
        'new york/jfk intl arpt, ny' => {
                'USNY0999' => 'New York/JFK Intl Arpt, NY'

The new mechanism has the following advantages:

  1. The new chaching mechanism is case insensitive

  2. This caching mechanism is a workaround one problem with's XOAP API.

    Their server does not understand any search string with a '/' in it - no matter wether the '/' is URL encoded or not!

    This way, if you have searched for New York once, you'll then also get a result for direct calls to New York/Jfk Intl Arpt, NY.

  3. The new mechanism also allows searches for slashed substrings. A search for York/Central will return the New York/Central Park, NY location and if you simply search York, you'll get anything containing York. No matter if it's in the cache or not.

    Only if you specify exactly the name of a location in the cache, only this location is shown.


new(hash or hashref)

This constructor takes the same hash or hashref as Weather::Com::Base does. Please refer to that documentation for further details.

Except from the Weather::Com::Base's parameters this constructor takes a parameter cache which defines the path to a directory into which all cache files will be put.

The cache directory defaults to '.'.


search(search string)

The search() method has the same interface as the one of Weather::Com::Base. The difference is made by the caching.

The search is performed in the following order:

  1. If there's a direct match in the locations cache, return the locations from the cache.

  2. If not, if there's a direct match on the web, return the locations found on the web and write the search result to the cache.

  3. If not, try a regexp search over all cached search strings and location names. This will return each location that matches the search string.

The rest is all the same as for Weather::Com::Base.


See also documentation of Weather::Com and Weather::Com::Base.


Thomas Schnuecker, <>


Copyright (C) 2004-2007 by Thomas Schnuecker

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

The data provided by and made accessible by this OO interface can be used for free under special terms. Please have a look at the application programming guide of!