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Kevin C. Krinke

NAME

UI::Dialog::Screen::Menu - wrapper to screen dialogs.

SYNOPSIS

  use UI::Dialog::Screen::Menu;

  # $d is an existing instance of UI::Dialog

  my $screen = new UI::Dialog::Screen::Menu ( dialog => $d );
  $screen->add_menu_item("This is the label", sub { print "Hello\n"; });

  # $rv is 0 if the user canceled, 1 if any menu item was selected.
  my $rv = $screen->run();

ABSTRACT

UI::Dialog::Screen::Menu is a helper class which enables a clean and modular code flow for menu driven applications using UI::Dialog. Using callbacks assigned to menu items, a reactionary model to scripting with UI::Dialog becomes rapidly easy.

DESCRIPTION

UI::Dialog::Screen::Menu is actually "external" to the UI::Dialog core usage. The class simply wraps around an existing UI::Dialog instance for rendering a menu-driven flow of screens.

Using this class, you define a number of screen instances and assign callbacks to each of the menu items. Once defined, simply call run() (or loop() to execute run() indefinitely). When a user selects one of the menu items, the assigned function will be executed. From within those functions, simply call other UI::Dialog::Screen::Menu instances and that's how you branch your user's experience from one screen to the next. See the EXAMPLES

EXPORT

    None

INHERITS

    None

CONSTRUCTOR

new( %options )

EXAMPLE
     # Have UI::Dialog::Screen::Menu use an existing UI::Dialog instance
     # to render the user interface.
     my $s = new( dialog => $d );
    
     # Also accepts UI::Dialog constructor arguments, so that it can create
     # it's own instance of UI::Dialog if none is provided.
     my $s = new( title => 'Default Title', backtitle => 'Backtitle',
                  width => 65, height => 20, listheight => 5,
                  order => [ 'zenity', 'xdialog', 'gdialog' ] );
DESCRIPTION

    This is the Class Constructor method. It accepts a list of key => value pairs and uses them as the defaults when interacting with the various widgets.

RETURNS

    A blessed object reference of the UI::Dialog::Screen::Menu class.

OPTIONS

The (...)'s after each option indicate the default for the option. An * denotes support by all the widget methods on a per-use policy defaulting to the values decided during object creation.

dialog = UI::Dialog (undef)
debug = 0,1,2 (0)
order = [ zenity, xdialog, gdialog, kdialog, cdialog, whiptail, ascii ] (as indicated)
PATH = [ /bin, /usr/bin, /usr/local/bin, /opt/bin ] (as indicated)
backtitle = "backtitle" ('') *
title = "title" ('') *
beepbefore = 0,1 (0) *
beepafter = 0,1 (0) *
height = \d+ (20) *
width = \d+ (65) *
listheight = \d+ (5) *

STATE METHODS

run( )

EXAMPLE
     my $rv = $s->run();
DESCRIPTION

    Render the screen menu immediately. This method blocks until the user input has been received and acted upon.

RETURNS

    TRUE if the user selected an item from the menu, FALSE otherwise.

loop( )

EXAMPLE
     $s->loop();
DESCRIPTION

    Calls the run() method immediately. Once run() completes it's execution, the loop() decides whether or not to display again. If the return value of run() is TRUE, the loop() will continue. If the use pressed Cancel (or Escape) or any other action other than one of the menu items; the loop() will end. The loop() will also end if the break_loop() method is called.

RETURNS

    TRUE if the user selected an item from the menu, FALSE otherwise.

is_looping( )

EXAMPLE
     if ($s->is_looping()) {
         print "Currently in a UI::Dialog::Screen::Menu loop\n";
     }
DESCRIPTION

    Returns TRUE if the given screen is in a menu loop(), FALSE otherwise.

RETURNS

    a single SCALAR.

break_loop( )

EXAMPLE
     $s->break_loop();
DESCRIPTION

    Flags the screen menu to stop looping. This does not close or otherwise clear the screen. This simply flags the loop to exit at the end of it's current run.

RETURNS

    None.

SCREEN METHODS

add_menu_item( )

EXAMPLE
     my $index = $s->add_menu_item( "Menu Item Label", \%some_function );
DESCRIPTION

    Append a new item to the menu list.

RETURNS

    Returns the list index (starting from 0) of the item that was just appended to the list.

get_menu_items( )

EXAMPLE
     my @items = $s->get_menu_items();
DESCRIPTION

    Returns an array of hashrefs. Each hash contains a "label" and "func" key/value pairs.

RETURNS

    An ARRAY.

del_menu_item( )

EXAMPLE
     my $old_item = $d->del_menu_item( $index );
DESCRIPTION

    Remove a specific item from the menu, addressed by it's list index (starting from 0), and return the menu item as a hashref.

RETURNS

    A HASH containing the 'label' and 'func' of the menu item that was just removed from the menu list.

set_menu_item( )

EXAMPLE
     # Modify the 'label' and 'func' for a specific menu item
     my $original_item = $s->set_menu_item( $index, $label, $func );
    
     # Modify just the label of a menu item
     my $original_item = $s->set_menu_item( $index, $label, undef );
    
     # Modify just the func of a menu item
     my $original_item = $s->set_menu_item( $index, undef, $func );
    
     # Effectively do nothing
     my $original_item = $s->set_menu_item( $index, undef, undef );
DESCRIPTION

    Modify the menu item addressed by the given index (starting from 0). If the 'label' and/or 'func' arguments are undef then the previous value is kept.

RETURNS

    A HASH of the original values for the modified menu item.

EXAMPLE USAGE

The below example assumed that $d is an instances of UI::Dialog.

 # Create our first screen
 my $s1 = new UI::Dialog::Screen::Menu ( dialog => $d );
 $s1->add_menu_item( "Just an option", \&some_function );

 # Add a menu item that updates it's own label every time
 # it is selected.
 our $counter = 0;
 $s1->add_menu_item
  ( "Counter: ".$counter,
    sub {
      my ($self,$dialog,$index) = @_;
      $counter++;
      $self->set_menu_item($index,"Counter: ".$counter, undef);
    }
  );

 # Create a second screen
 my $s2 = new UI::Dialog::Screen::Menu ( dialog => $d );
 $s2->add_menu_item( "Another item", \&another_function );

 # Link the second screen to an option of the first
 $s1->add_menu_item( "Goto Screen 2", sub { $s2->loop(); } );

 # Start a menu loop and actually display the first screen
 $s1->loop();

Users can get to second menu from selecting the third item on the first menu screen. As long as the user continues to select items from the second menu, it will continue to loop. If the user cancels the second screen, the will return to the first which will itself continue to loop.

SEE ALSO

PERLDOC
 UI::Dialog
 UI::Dialog::GNOME
 UI::Dialog::KDE
 UI::Dialog::Console
 UI::Dialog::Screen::Druid
 UI::Dialog::Backend
 UI::Dialog::Backend::ASCII
 UI::Dialog::Backend::CDialog
 UI::Dialog::Backend::GDialog
 UI::Dialog::Backend::KDialog
 UI::Dialog::Backend::Nautilus
 UI::Dialog::Backend::Whiptail
 UI::Dialog::Backend::XDialog
 UI::Dialog::Backend::XOSD
 UI::Dialog::Backend::Zenity
MAN FILES
 dialog(1), whiptail(1), zenity(1), gdialog(1), Xdialog(1),
 osd_cat(1), kdialog(1) and nautilus(1)

BUGS

Please email the author with any bug reports. Include the name of the module in the subject line.

AUTHOR

Kevin C. Krinke, <kevin@krinke.ca>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

 Copyright (C) 2004-2016  Kevin C. Krinke <kevin@krinke.ca>

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 modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
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 but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
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