Marcel GrĂ¼nauer

NAME

String::FlexMatch - Flexible ways to match a string

VERSION

version 1.100820

SYNOPSIS

  use String::FlexMatch;

  my $s = String::FlexMatch->new(string => 'foobar');
  if ($s eq 'foobar') {
    # ...
  }

  $s = String::FlexMatch->new(regex => 'Error .* at line \d+');
  if ($s eq 'Error "foo" at line 58') {
    # ...
  }

  $s = String::FlexMatch->new(code => 'sub { length $_[0] < 10 }');
  # or:
  # my $s = String::FlexMatch->new(code => sub { length $_[0] < 10 });

  if ($s ne 'somelongstring') {
    # ...
  }

DESCRIPTION

Normally when trying to see whether two strings are equal, you use the eq operator. If you want to find out whether one string matches another more flexibly, you'd use a regular expression. And sometimes you have to call a subroutine with a string argument that will tell you whether that argument is interesting, i.e. matches in a broader sense.

When running data-driven tests, you sometimes don't know beforehand which form of matching (eq, regex or code) you need. Take the following example:

  use Test::More;
  use String::FlexMatch;
  use YAML;

  sub frobnicate { $_[0] + $_[1] }

  my $tests = Load do { local $/; <DATA> };
  plan tests => scalar @$tests;

  for my $test (@$tests) {
    my $baz = frobnicate($test->{testarg}{foo}, $test->{testarg}{bar});
    is($baz, $test->{expect}{baz});
  }

  __DATA__
  -
    testarg:
      foo: 2
      bar: 3
    expect:
      baz: 5
  -
    testarg:
      foo: 21
      bar: 34
    expect:
      baz: !perl/String::FlexMatch
        regex: '\d+'

A setup like this was the reason for writing this class. If you find any other uses for it, please let me know so this manpage can be expanded with a few cookbook-style examples.

METHODS

new

    my $obj = String::FlexMatch->new;
    my $obj = String::FlexMatch->new(%args);

Creates and returns a new object. The constructor will accept as arguments a list of pairs, from component name to initial value. For each pair, the named component is initialized by calling the method of the same name with the given value. If called with a single hash reference, it is dereferenced and its key/value pairs are set as described before.

as_string

FIXME

choice_attr

FIXME

code

FIXME

finish_dump

FIXME

force_code

FIXME

force_regex

FIXME

init

FIXME

is_eq

FIXME

is_ne

FIXME

prepare_dump

FIXME

regex

FIXME

string

FIXME

yaml_dump

FIXME

INSTALLATION

See perlmodinstall for information and options on installing Perl modules.

BUGS AND LIMITATIONS

No bugs have been reported.

Please report any bugs or feature requests through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html?Name=String-FlexMatch.

AVAILABILITY

The latest version of this module is available from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN). Visit http://www.perl.com/CPAN/ to find a CPAN site near you, or see http://search.cpan.org/dist/String-FlexMatch/.

The development version lives at http://github.com/hanekomu/String-FlexMatch/. Instead of sending patches, please fork this project using the standard git and github infrastructure.

AUTHOR

  Marcel Gruenauer <marcel@cpan.org>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

This software is copyright (c) 2004 by Marcel Gruenauer.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.