DateTime::Format::Builder::Parser::generic

NAME

DateTime::Format::Builder::Parser::generic − Useful routines

METHODS

Useful
new

Standard constructor. Returns a blessed hash; any arguments are placed in the hash. This is useful for storing information between methods.

generic_parser

This is a method provided solely for the benefit of "Parser" implementations. It semi-neatly abstracts a lot of the work involved.

Basically, it takes parameters matching the assorted callbacks from the parser declarations and makes a coderef out of it all.

Currently recognized callbacks are:

on_match

on_fail

preprocess

postprocess

Methods for subclassing
These are methods you should define when writing your own subclass.

Note: these methods do not exist in this class. There is no point trying to call "$self−>SUPER::do_match( ... )".

do_match

"do_match" is the first phase. Arguments are the date and @args. "self", "label", "args". Return value must be defined if you match successfully.

post_match

"post_match" is called after the appropriate callback out of "on_match"/"on_fail" is done. It’s passed the date, the return value from "do_match" and the parsing hash.

Its return value is used as the "post" argument to the "postprocess" callback, and as the second argument to "make".

make

"make" takes the original input, the return value from "post_match" and the parsing hash and should return a "DateTime" object or undefined.

Delegations
For use of "Parser", this module also delegates "valid_params" and "params". This is just convenience to save typing the following:

DateTime::Format::Builder::Parser−>valid_params( blah )

Instead we get to type:

$self−>valid_params( blah );
__PACKAGE__−>valid_params( blah );

WRITING A SUBCLASS

Rather than attempt to explain how it all works, I think it’s best if you take a look at Regex.pm and Strptime.pm as examples and work from there.

THANKS

See DateTime::Format::Builder.

SUPPORT

Support for this module is provided via the datetime@perl.org email list. See http://lists.perl.org/ for more details.

Alternatively, log them via the CPAN RT system via the web or email:

http://perl.dellah.org/rt/dtbuilder
bug−datetime−format−builder@rt.cpan.org

This makes it much easier for me to track things and thus means your problem is less likely to be neglected.

LICENCE AND COPYRIGHT

Copyright © Iain Truskett, 2003. All rights reserved.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.000 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.

The full text of the licences can be found in the Artistic and COPYING files included with this module, or in perlartistic and perlgpl as supplied with Perl 5.8.1 and later.

AUTHOR

Iain Truskett <spoon@cpan.org>

SEE ALSO

"datetime@perl.org" mailing list.

http://datetime.perl.org/

perl, DateTime, DateTime::Format::Builder, DateTime::Format::Builder::Parser.