File::Find::Rule::Extending

NAME

File::Find::Rule::Extending − the mini−guide to extending File::Find::Rule

SYNOPSIS

package File::Find::Rule::Random;
use strict;
# take useful things from File::Find::Rule
use base 'File::Find::Rule';
# and force our crack into the main namespace
sub File::Find::Rule::random () {
my $self = shift()−>_force_object;
$self−>exec( sub { rand > 0.5 } );
}
1;

DESCRIPTION

File::Find::Rule went down so well with the buying public that everyone wanted to add extra features. With the 0.07 release this became a possibility, using the following conventions.

Declare your package
package File::Find::Rule::Random;
use strict;

Inherit methods from File::Find::Rule
# take useful things from File::Find::Rule
use base 'File::Find::Rule';

Force your madness into the main package

# and force our crack into the main namespace
sub File::Find::Rule::random () {
my $self = shift()−>_force_object;
$self−>exec( sub { rand > 0.5 } );
}

Yes, we’re being very cavalier here and defining things into the main File::Find::Rule namespace. This is due to lack of imaginiation on my part − I simply can’t find a way for the functional and oo interface to work without doing this or some kind of inheritance, and inheritance stops you using two File::Find::Rule::Foo modules together.

For this reason try and pick distinct names for your extensions. If this becomes a problem then I may institute a semi-official registry of taken names.

Taking no arguments.
Note the null prototype on random. This is a cheat for the procedural interface to know that your sub takes no arguments, and so allows this to happen:

find( random => in => '.' );

If you hadn’t declared "random" with a null prototype it would have consumed "in" as a parameter to it, then got all confused as it doesn’t know about a '.' rule.

AUTHOR

Richard Clamp <richardc@unixbeard.net>

COPYRIGHT

Copyright (C) 2002 Richard Clamp. 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

File::Find::Rule

File::Find::Rule::MMagic was the first extension module, so maybe check that out.