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Saturday January 04, 2003
08:06 PM

Separating code, configuration, and presentation.

[ #9767 ]

In the January 2003 issue of The Perl Review , I write about separating code, configuration, and presentation.

Since I was working with MP3 files today, I decided to separate code, configuration, and logic in my little mp3info script which I use when I work on Mac::iTunes. The script does not come with the module, although you can get it from CVS (which has the full file with documentation).

use ConfigReader::Simple;
use MP3::Info;
use Text::Template qw(fill_in_file);
my $Config = "$ENV{HOME}/.mp3info.rc";
my $config = ConfigReader::Simple->new( $Config );
die "Could not get configuration" unless ref $config;
my $template = $config->template;
die "Could not find template [$template]!" unless -e $template;
foreach my $file ( @ARGV )
    my $tag  = get_mp3tag($file) or die "No TAG info";
    my $info = get_mp3info($file) or die "No info";
    my $hash = { %$tag, %$info, file => $file, size => -s $file };
    print fill_in_file( $template, HASH => $hash );

My template is really simple---I just wanted to verify that iTunes affected the files.

    join "\n\t",

As I played with iTunes, I fiddled with the template to produce whatever reports I needed.

Now I just need to add command line switches to override the configuration values.