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CentOS 7.0 - man page for template::stash::context (centos section 3)

Template::Stash::Context(3)    User Contributed Perl Documentation    Template::Stash::Context(3)

NAME
       Template::Stash::Context - Experimetal stash allowing list/scalar context definition

SYNOPSIS
	   use Template;
	   use Template::Stash::Context;

	   my $stash = Template::Stash::Context->new(\%vars);
	   my $tt2   = Template->new({ STASH => $stash });

DESCRIPTION
       This is an alternate stash object which includes a patch from Craig Barratt to implement
       various new virtual methods to allow dotted template variable to denote if object methods
       and subroutines should be called in scalar or list context.  It adds a little overhead to
       each stash call and I'm a little wary of applying that to the core default stash without
       investigating the effects first. So for now, it's implemented as a separate stash module
       which will allow us to test it out, benchmark it and switch it in or out as we require.

       This is what Craig has to say about it:

       Here's a better set of features for the core.  Attached is a new version of Stash.pm
       (based on TT2.02) that:

       * supports the special op "scalar" that forces scalar context on function calls, eg:

	   cgi.param("foo").scalar

       calls cgi.param("foo") in scalar context (unlike my wimpy scalar op from last night).
       Array context is the default.

       With non-function operands, scalar behaves like the perl version (eg: no-op for scalar,
       size for arrays, etc).

       * supports the special op "ref" that behaves like the perl ref.	If applied to a function
       the function is not called.  Eg:

	   cgi.param("foo").ref

       does *not* call cgi.param and evaluates to "CODE".  Similarly, HASH.ref, ARRAY.ref return
       what you expect.

       * adds a new scalar and list op called "array" that is a no-op for arrays and promotes
       scalars to one-element arrays.

       * allows scalar ops to be applied to arrays and hashes in place, eg: ARRAY.repeat(3)
       repeats each element in place.

       * allows list ops to be applied to scalars by promoting the scalars to one-element arrays
       (like an implicit "array").  So you can do things like SCALAR.size, SCALAR.join and get a
       useful result.

       This also means you can now use x.0 to safely get the first element whether x is an array
       or scalar.

       The new Stash.pm passes the TT2.02 test suite.  But I haven't tested the new features very
       much.  One nagging implementation problem is that the "scalar" and "ref" ops have higher
       precedence than user variable names.

AUTHOR
       Andy Wardley <abw@wardley.org>

       <http://wardley.org/>

VERSION
       1.63, distributed as part of the Template Toolkit version 2.19, released on 27 April 2007.

COPYRIGHT
	 Copyright (C) 1996-2007 Andy Wardley.	All Rights Reserved.

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

SEE ALSO
       Template::Stash

perl v5.16.3				    2011-12-20		      Template::Stash::Context(3)


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