Mons Anderson

NAME

constant::def - Perl pragma to declare previously undeclared constants

VERSION

Version 0.01

SYNOPSIS

Define compile-time constant only if it wasn't previously defined elsewhere. The main reason is to use for debugging constants, since there is no way to change the value, except by editing the source

    # common way: (redefine may be done only in source file)
    use constant DEBUG => ...;
    # or 
    BEGIN { *DEBUG = sub () { ... } }
    # or 
    sub DEBUG () { ... }

    ################

    # complex way: redefine works, if done before use of module
    # in main.pl
    BEGIN { *My::Module::Debug = sub () { 1 }; }
    use My::Module;

    # in My/Module.pm
    BEGIN { defined &DEBUG or do { my $debug = $ENV{MY_MODULE_DEBUG} || 0; *DEBUG = sub () { $debug } } }

    ################

    # using this distribution
    # redefine works, if done before use of module

    # in main.pl
    use constant::abs 'My::Module::DEBUG' => 1;
    use My::Module;

    # in My/Module.pm
    use constant::def DEBUG => $ENV{MY_MODULE_DEBUG} || 0;
    

Syntax is fully compatible with constant

SEE ALSO

constant::abs, constant

AUTHOR

Mons Anderson, <mons at cpan.org>

BUGS

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

COPYRIGHT & LICENSE

Copyright 2009 Mons Anderson.

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