Theo van Hoesel
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OpenTracing::interface::Span - A role that defines the Span interface


    pacakge OpenTracing::Implementation::MyBackendService::Span;
    sub get_context {
    sub overwrite_operation_name {
    sub finish {
    sub set_tag {
    sub log_data {
    sub set_baggage_item {
    sub get_baggage_item {
    BEGIN {
        use Role::Tiny::With;
        with 'OpenTracing::Interface::Span'
    } # check at compile time, perl -c will work


This 'role' describes the interface for any OpenTracing Span implementation.

Span represents a unit of work executed on behalf of a trace.

Examples of spans include a remote procedure call, or a in-process method call to a sub-component. Every span in a trace may have zero or more causal parents, and these relationships transitively form a DAG. It is common for spans to have at most one parent, and thus most traces are merely tree structures.



Yields the SpanContext for this Span. Note that the return value of get_context() is still valid after a call to finish(), as is a call to get_context() after a call to finish().

    my $span_context = $span->get_context;




An object of type SpanContext from OpenTracing::Types.

overwrite_operation_name( $operation_name )

Changes the operation name.

    $span->overwrite_operation_name( $operation_name );

Required Positional Parameters


The name of the operation-name, must be a string.


The span itself, for chaining purposes.

finish( <none> | $epoch_timestamp )

Sets the end timestamp and finalizes Span state.



    $span->finish( $epoch_timestamp );

With the exception of calls to get_context() (which are always allowed), finish() must be the last call made to any span instance, and to do otherwise leads to undefined behavior (but not returning an exception).

If the span is already finished, a warning should be logged.

Optional Positional Params


An explicit finish timestamp for the Span; if omitted, the current walltime is used implicitly.


The (finished) Span itself, for chaining purposes.

set_tag( $tag_key, $string | $boolean | $number )

Adds a tag to the span

    $span->set_tag( $tag_key => $tag_value );

If there is a pre-existing tag set for tag_key, it is overwritten.

As an implementor, consider using "standard tags" listed in

If the Span is already finished, a warning should be logged.

Required Positional Parameters

tag_key, as Str

OpenTracing does not enforce any limitations though.

tag_value, as Value

Must be either a string, a boolean value, or a numeric type.


The span itself, for chaining purposes.

log_data( $key => $value .. )

Adds a log record to the span

        $log_key1 => $log_value1,
        $log_key2 => $log_value2,

Required Positional Parameters

key, as Str
value, as Str


The span itself, for chaining purposes.

set_baggage_item( $key => $value )

Sets a key:value pair on this Span and its SpanContext that also propagates to descendants of this Span.

        $baggage_key => $baggage_value

Baggage items are key:value string pairs that apply to the given Span, its SpanContext, and all Spans which directly or transitively reference the local Span. That is, baggage items propagate in-band along with the trace itself.

Baggage items enable powerful functionality given a full-stack OpenTracing integration (for example, arbitrary application data from a mobile app can make it, transparently, all the way into the depths of a storage system), and with it some powerful costs: use this feature with care.

Use this feature thoughtfully and with care. Every key and value is copied into every local and remote child of the associated Span, and that can add up to a lot of network and cpu overhead.

Required Positional Parameters

baggage_key, as Str
baggage_value, as Value


The span itself, for chaining purposes.

get_baggage_item( $key )

Returns either the corresponding baggage value, or undef when such a value was missing.

    my $baggage_value = $span->get_baggage_item( $baggage_key );

Required Positional Parameters

baggage_key, as Str


The value or undef when such a value was missing.



Describes the API definition for OpenTransport implementations written in the Perl5 language.


A library of Type::Tiny type constraints that provides Duck Type checks for all common elements that conform OpenTracing::Interface


This description is using around method modifiers that basically wraps them around the real implementation. These method modifiers provide a 'readable' and reusable interface, describing the inputs and outputs, using type constraints.

Consumers of this role, or implementors of the interface are MUST implement each method mentioned below. Not doing so will result in compilation errors.

Since this role does nothing else than checking input and output, it is useful during development. Most likely it can be switched off safely in production environments.