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NAME

boolean - Boolean support for Perl

boolean-pm

VERSION

This document describes boolean version 0.45. ";

SYNOPSIS

    use boolean;

    do &always if true;
    do &never if false;

    do &maybe if boolean($value)->isTrue;

and:

    use boolean ':all';

    $guess = int(rand(2)) % 2 ? true : false;

    do &something if isTrue($guess);
    do &something_else if isFalse($guess);

DESCRIPTION

Most programming languages have a native Boolean data type. Perl does not.

Perl has a simple and well known Truth System. The following scalar values are false:

    $false1 = undef;
    $false2 = 0;
    $false3 = 0.0;
    $false4 = '';
    $false5 = '0';

Every other scalar value is true.

This module provides basic Boolean support, by defining two special objects: true and false.

RATIONALE

When sharing data between programming languages, it is important to support the same group of basic types. In Perlish programming languages, these types include: Hash, Array, String, Number, Null and Boolean. Perl lacks native Boolean support.

Data interchange modules like YAML and JSON can now use boolean to encodedecoderoundtrip Boolean values.

FUNCTIONS

This module defines the following functions:

true

This function returns a scalar value which will evaluate to true. The value is a singleton object, meaning there is only one "true" value in a Perl process at any time. You can check to see whether the value is the "true" object with the isTrue function described below.

false

This function returns a scalar value which will evaluate to false. The value is a singleton object, meaning there is only one "false" value in a Perl process at any time. You can check to see whether the value is the "false" object with the isFalse function described below.

boolean($scalar)

Casts the scalar value to a boolean value. If $scalar is true, it returns boolean::true, otherwise it returns boolean::false.

isTrue($scalar)

Returns boolean::true if the scalar passed to it is the boolean::true object. Returns boolean::false otherwise.

isFalse($scalar)

Returns boolean::true if the scalar passed to it is the boolean::false object. Returns boolean::false otherwise.

isBoolean($scalar)

Returns boolean::true if the scalar passed to it is the boolean::true or boolean::false object. Returns boolean::false otherwise.

METHODS

Since true and false return objects, you can call methods on them.

$boolean->isTrue

Same as isTrue($boolean).

$boolean->isFalse

Same as isFalse($boolean).

USE OPTIONS

By default this module exports the true, false and boolean functions.

The module also defines these export tags:

:all

Exports true, false, boolean, isTrue, isFalse, isBoolean

DEPRECATIONS

This module offered an export tag, -truth, that overrides the Perl interpreter's internal values for true and false. This has been found to corrupt the interpreter in some circumstances. Also, these overrides will no longer be possible as of Perl 5.22. Therefore, the -truth import tag is deprecated.

JSON SUPPORT

JSON::MaybeXS (or less preferably JSON.pm ) will encode Perl data with boolean.pm values correctly if you use the convert_blessed option:

    use JSON::MaybeXS;
    use boolean -truth;
    my $json = JSON::MaybeXS->new->convert_blessed;
    say $json->encode({false => (0 == 1)});     # Says: '{"false":false}',

AUTHOR

Ingy döt Net <ingy@cpan.org>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

Copyright 2007-2015. Ingy döt Net.

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

See http://www.perl.com/perl/misc/Artistic.html