package Unixish; # just to make PodWeaver happy


# ABSTRACT: Data transformation framework, inspired by Unix toolbox philosophy



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=head1 NAME

Unixish - Data transformation framework, inspired by Unix toolbox philosophy



=head1 VERSION

This document describes version 1.0.6 of Unixish (from Perl distribution Unixish), released on 2019-05-07.


This document specifies B<Unixish>, Perl framework for data processing
(transformation, conversion, whatever) using the tried-and-true Unix toolbox
philosophy. For the implementation, see L<Data::Unixish>.

=head1 STATUS

Early draft. The 1.0 series does not guarantee full backward compatibility
between revisions, so caveat implementor. However, major incompatibility will
bump the version to 1.1.


The Unix philosophy says a program should do only one thing and do it well.
Problem is solved by sewing or chaining together a sequence of small,
specialized programs. From Douglas McIlroy, the original developer of Unix

 This is the Unix philosophy: Write programs that do one thing and do it well.
 Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because
 that is a universal interface.

In Unixish, programs translate to functions. Unixish is essentially a set of
guidelines and tools on how to write such functions.

The goal of the framework is to let users easily create functions that can be
used as normal Perl functions operating on arrays and streams (filehandles), as
well as functions that can become Unix command-line utilities.


L<Data::Unixish> is the Perl implementation.

B<dux> is a short notation for Data::Unixish.


"SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be
interpreted as described in RFC 2119.

=over 4

=item * Function should accept a hash argument C<%args>

This future-proofs the function when more and more arguments are added.

=item * Arguments should be described in Rinci metadata

See L<Rinci> and L<Rinci::function> for more details.

=item * There are some standard arguments: in, out

B<in> and B<out> are analogous to standard input and output streams, explained

=item * Arguments should have good defaults

=item * Input data is given in C<$args{in}>

It is a "stream", usually actually a reference to array or a tied array.
Function can iterate it as follows:

 while (my ($index, $item) = each @{ $args{in} }) {

Function SHOULD NOT slurp it in memory like this, unless necessary:

 for (@{ $args{in} }) {

Remember that in Perl 5 for() is not lazy, the stream might contain very large
amount of data or is infinite.

=item * Output should be written (appended) to C<$args{out}>

It is a "stream", usually actually a reference to array or a tied array.
Function can append output as follows:

 while (my ($index, $item) = each @{ $args{in} }) {
     push @{ $args{out} }, $res;

Note that assigning an array directly doesn't work the way you think:

 $args{out} = [1, 2, 3];

=item * Error messages can be logged to Log::ger

Standard format for error message will be specified in the future.

=item * When processing, undef/invalid/non-applicable value should generally be skipped (passed unchanged)

For example, the B<date> dux function accepts either an integer (assumed as Unix
timestamp) or a L<DateTime> object. Other values like undef, an empty string, or
other kinds of unsupported objects should not be processed and just passed to
the output stream unprocessed. A warning can be logged if needed.


A well-written dux function can be readily transformed into a usual Unix
command-line utility.


B<Unixish> is the specification.

B<Data::Unixish> is the implementation.

Each dux function should be written in all-lowercase name, put under
B<Data::Unixish::FUNCTION_NAME> package. The function itself is put in that
package with the same name. For example the L<Data::Unixish::date> package
contains the Data::Unixish::date::date function.

A further subpackaging is allowed, for example:

L<App::dux> is a utility to access dux functions via the command-line.


Please visit the project's homepage at L<>.

=head1 SOURCE

Source repository is at L<>.

=head1 BUGS

Please report any bugs or feature requests on the bugtracker website L<>

When submitting a bug or request, please include a test-file or a
patch to an existing test-file that illustrates the bug or desired

=head1 SEE ALSO

L<Rinci> and L<Rinci::function>, another specification to leverage functions.


=head2 Similar projects on CPAN


=item * L<Text::Pipe> (2007-now)

Similarly inspired by Unix pipes, OO. I didn't find this project before I
started Unixish.

Some of the differences: Text::Pipe is, as the name suggests, more
text-oriented. It was created to unify text/template processing. Unixish on the
other hand focuses on functions that can accept streams/arrays.

=item * B<Perl Power Tools> (1999-now)

(Search for C<ppt> in CPAN).

Actually not quite the same thing, but the end result is roughly the same for
many text-oriented Unix utilities (like B<wc>, B<sum>, B<head>, B<tail>, etc).


=head1 AUTHOR

perlancar <>


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