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Journal of gav (2710)

Tuesday August 13, 2002
11:09 AM


[ #7072 ]
I wanted a nice way of being able to pull TT2 or HTML::Template templates from a database and handle them in some kind of unified way. This is my first attempt and seems rather hackish :)

Is there a nicer way to do this?

package My::Burner;

sub new {
    my (undef, $type, $data) = @_;
    my $class = "My::Burner::$type";
    return $class->new($data);

package My::Burner::Template;

use Template;

sub new {
    my ($class, $data) = @_;
    my $self = { handler => Template->new, tmpl => $data };
    bless $self, $class;

sub param {
    my ($self, $param, $value) = @_;
    $self->{params}->{$param} = $value;

sub process {
    my $self = shift;
    $self->{handler}->process($self->{tmpl}, $self->{params});

package My::Burner::HTML::Template;

use HTML::Template;

sub new {
    my ($class, $data) = @_;
    my $self = { handler => HTML::Template->new(scalarref => $data) };
    bless $self, $class;

sub param {
    my $self = shift;

sub process {
    my $self = shift;
    print $self->{handler}->output;

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  • Just did that (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ajtaylor (1283) on 2002.08.13 11:57 (#11707) Homepage Journal
    Funny you should ask as I just did something similar yesterday. Except I didn't have a unified "process" method like you do. I also lazy load the appropriate module at runtime so I don't pull in the large Template package if I'm using HTML::Template.

    But I really like your idea of a "Burner" object. This reminds me of the approach used in Bricolagem which gives you flexibility in what template system you use. I think I'm going to redo things to implement this methodology. It's a little tricky as you saw because H:T & TT use different paradigms for setting up the template & loading template data. But it's not insurmountable. Thanks for the idea!

    "Perl users are the Greatful Dead fans of computer science." --slashdot comment
    • Re:Just did that (Score:3, Informative)

      I stole the name and idea from Bricolage :)

      Loading the modules isn't an issue to me as I use PerlModule with mod_perl to preload those modules anyway. I've also been thinking about how things work and I've changed it to reuse the same TT2 object each time.

      I'll post more when I have fleshed things out even more, perhaps Template::Burner may be CPAN worthy someday...