Template::Plugin::DataHash - use INCLUDE_PATH to get confs with key

    Template::Plugin::DataHash provides a simple way to turn conf files,
    gathered from your INCLUDE_PATH into a single hash ref (no support for
    non hashes). I walk the INCLUDE_PATH, tack on the filename onto the end
    of each directory and this gives me the full_path of the file I will
    check. If the file exists, I run all the regexes in $self->{extension}
    (going in the order specified in $self->{extension_order}), to see which
    $type of conf I have, and then look for either a load_$type method or
    $self->{load_$type} (a CODE ref) and run the appropriate method. Each
    load_$type method takes a refence to $self and the full_path of the
    file, and returns a hash ref.

    Two structures in the object help manage the process.

    $self->{extension} contains a hash ref of regex objects that map a type
    (Storable for example) to a regex that gets run on the full_path of the

    $self->{extension_order} contains a array ref specifying the order to
    check the extensions.

    Let's say you have two conf files:


      key1: default1
      key2: default2


      key2: override2

    In your template you could put

      [% USE dho = DataHash({INCLUDE_PATH => ['/tmp/override', '/tmp/default']}) %]
      [% hash = dho.hash('conf.yaml') %]

    hash would then look like { key1 => 'default1', key2 => 'override2', }

    By default, the INCLUDE_PATH comes from

    This is the set of default extension regexes

        extension => {
          perl     => qr/\.pl$/i,
          split    => qr/\.split$/i,
          storable => qr/\.sto$/i,
          xml      => qr/\.xml$/i,
          yaml     => qr/\.yaml$/i,

    The default extension order is

        extension_order => [qw(yaml perl storable xml split)],

    If I have left out an extension that you feel others may be interested
    in, let me know and I can easily add new types. If you have a custom
    extension, you need to get the custom name into $self->{extension}, like

    $self->{extension}{custom} = qr/\.custom$/;

    then you can either do an overriding object, or specify the method in
    your object, like

    $self->{load_custom} = sub { my $self = shift; my $full_path = shift;
    ... convert file to $ref in custom fashion ... return $ref };

    Copyright 2003, Earl J. Cahill. All rights reserved.

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

    Address bug reports and comments to:

    When sending bug reports, please provide the version of
    Template::Plugin::DataHash, the version of Perl, and the name and
    version of the operating system you are using.