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Template::Alloy::Operator
Operator role.

Template::Alloy::Operator - Operator role.


NAME

Template::Alloy::Operator - Operator role.


DESCRIPTION

The Template::Alloy::Operator role provides the regexes necessary for Template::Alloy::Parse to parse operators and place them in their appropriate precedence. It also provides the play_operator method which is used by Template::Alloy::Play and Template::Alloy::Compile for playing out the stored operator ASTs.


ROLE METHODS

play_operator
Takes an operator AST in the form of

    [undef, '+', 1, 2]

Essentially, all operators are stored in RPN notation with a leading ``undef'' to disabiguate operators in a normal Alloy expression AST.

define_operator
Used for defining new operators.

See the Template::Alloy manpage for more details.


OPERATOR LIST

The following operators are available in Template::Alloy. Except where noted these are the same operators available in TT. They are listed in the order of their precedence (the higher the precedence the tighter it binds).

.
The dot operator. Allows for accessing sub-members, methods, or virtual methods of nested data structures.

    my $obj->process(\$content, {a => {b => [0, {c => [34, 57]}]}}, \$output);

    [% a.b.1.c.0 %] => 34

Note: on access to hashrefs, any hash keys that match the sub key name will be used before a virtual method of the same name. For example if a passed hash contained pair with a keyname ``defined'' and a value of ``2'', then any calls to hash.defined(another_keyname) would always return 2 rather than using the vmethod named ``defined.'' To get around this limitation use the ``|'' operator (listed next). Also - on objects the ``.'' will always try and call the method by that name. To always call the vmethod - use ``|''.

|
The pipe operator. Similar to the dot operator. Allows for explicit calling of virtual methods and filters (filters are ``merged'' with virtual methods in Template::Alloy and TT3) when accessing hashrefs and objects. See the note for the ``.'' operator.

The pipe character is similar to TT2 in that it can be used in place of a directive as an alias for FILTER. It similar to TT3 in that it can be used for virtual method access. This duality is one source of difference between Template::Alloy and TT2 compatibility. Templates that have directives that end with a variable name that then use the ``|'' directive to apply a filter will be broken as the ``|'' will be applied to the variable name.

The following two cases will do the same thing.


    [% foo | html %]

    [% foo FILTER html %]

Though they do the same thing, internally, foo|html is stored as a single variable while ``foo FILTER html'' is stored as the variable foo which is then passed to the FILTER html.

A TT2 sample that would break in Template::Alloy or TT3 is:


    [% PROCESS foo a = b | html %]

Under TT2 the content returned by ``PROCESS foo a = b'' would all be passed to the html filter. Under Template::Alloy and TT3, b would be passed to the html filter before assigning it to the variable ``a'' before the template foo was processed.

A simple fix is to do any of the following:


    [% PROCESS foo a = b FILTER html %]

    [% | html %][% PROCESS foo a = b %][% END %]

    [% FILTER html %][% PROCESS foo a = b %][% END %]

This shouldn't be too much hardship and offers the great return of disambiguating virtual method access.

\
Unary. The reference operator. Not well publicized in TT. Stores a reference to a variable for use later. Can also be used to ``alias'' long names.

    [% f = 7 ; foo = \f ; f = 8 ; foo %] => 8

    [% foo = \f.g.h.i.j.k; f.g.h.i.j.k = 7; foo %] => 7

    [% f = "abcd"; foo = \f.replace("ab", "-AB-") ; foo %] => -AB-cd

    [% f = "abcd"; foo = \f.replace("bc") ; foo("-BC-") %] => a-BC-d

    [% f = "abcd"; foo = \f.replace ; foo("cd", "-CD-") %] => ab-CD-

++ --
Pre and post increment and decrement. My be used as either a prefix or postfix operator.

    [% ++a %][% ++a %] => 12

    [% a++ %][% a++ %] => 01

    [% --a %][% --a %] => -1-2

    [% a-- %][% a-- %] => 0-1

  • Right associative binary. X raised to the Y power. This isn't available in TT 2.15.
    
        [% 2 ** 3 %] => 8

    !
    Prefix not. Negation of the value.

    -
    Prefix minus. Returns the value multiplied by -1.
    
        [% a = 1 ; b = -a ; b %] => -1

  • Left associative binary. Multiplication.

    / div DIV
    Left associative binary. Division. Note that / is floating point division, but div and DIV are integer division.
    
       [% 10  /  4 %] => 2.5
    
       [% 10 div 4 %] => 2

    % mod MOD
    Left associative binary. Modulus.
    
       [% 15 % 8 %] => 7

    +
    Left associative binary. Addition.

    -
    Left associative binary. Minus.

    _ ~
    Left associative binary. String concatenation.
    
        [% "a" ~ "b" %] => ab

    < > <= >=
    Non associative binary. Numerical comparators.

    lt gt le ge
    Non associative binary. String comparators.

    eq
    Non associative binary. String equality test.

    ==
    Non associative binary. In TT syntaxes the V2EQUALS configuration item defaults to true which means this operator will operate the same as the ``eq'' operator. Setting V2EQUALS to 0 will change this operator to mean numeric equality. You could also use [% ! (a <=> b) %] but that is a bit messy.

    The HTML::Template syntaxes default V2EQUALS to 0 which means that it will test for numeric equality just as you would normally expect.

    In either case - you should always use ``eq'' when you mean ``eq''. The V2EQUALS will most likely eventually default to 0.

    ne
    Non associative binary. String non-equality test.

    !=
    Non associative binary. In TT syntaxes the V2EQUALS configuration item defaults to true which means this operator will operate the same as the ``ne'' operator. Setting V2EQUALS to 0 will change this operator to mean numeric non-equality. You could also use [% (a <=> b) %] but that is a bit messy.

    The HTML::Template syntaxes default V2EQUALS to 0 which means that it will test for numeric non-equality just as you would normally expect.

    In either case - you should always use ``ne'' when you mean ``ne''. The V2EQUALS will most likely eventually default to 0.

    <=>
    Non associative binary. Numeric comparison operator. Returns -1 if the first argument is less than the second, 0 if they are equal, and 1 if the first argument is greater.

    cmp
    Non associative binary. String comparison operator. Returns -1 if the first argument is less than the second, 0 if they are equal, and 1 if the first argument is greater.

    &&
    Left associative binary. And. All values must be true. If all values are true, the last value is returned as the truth value.
    
        [% 2 && 3 && 4 %] => 4

    ||
    Right associative binary. Or. The first true value is returned.
    
        [% 0 || '' || 7 %] => 7

    Note: perl is left associative on this operator - but it doesn't matter because || has its own precedence level. Setting it to right allows for Alloy to short circuit earlier in the expression optree (left is (((1,2), 3), 4) while right is (1, (2, (3, 4))).

    //
    Right associative binary. Perl 6 err. The first defined value is returned.
    
        [% foo // bar %]

    ..
    Non associative binary. Range creator. Returns an arrayref containing the values between and including the first and last arguments.
    
        [% t = [1 .. 5] %] => variable t contains an array with 1,2,3,4, and 5

    It is possible to place multiple ranges in the same [] constructor. This is not available in TT.

    
        [% t = [1..3, 6..8] %] => variable t contains an array with 1,2,3,6,7,8

    The .. operator is the only operator that returns a list of items.

    ? :
    Ternary - right associative. Can be nested with other ?: pairs.
    
        [% 1 ? 2 : 3 %] => 2
    
        [% 0 ? 2 : 3 %] => 3

  • Self-modifying assignment - right associative. Sets the left hand side to the operation of the left hand side and right (clear as mud). In order to not conflict with SET, FOREACH and other operations, this operator is only available in parenthesis.
    
       [% a = 2 %][%  a += 3  %] --- [% a %]    => --- 5   # is handled by SET
    
       [% a = 2 %][% (a += 3) %] --- [% a %]    => 5 --- 5

    =
    Assignment - right associative. Sets the left-hand side to the value of the righthand side. In order to not conflict with SET, FOREACH and other operations, this operator is only available in parenthesis. Returns the value of the righthand side.
    
       [%  a = 1  %] --- [% a %]    => --- 1   # is handled by SET
    
       [% (a = 1) %] --- [% a %]    => 1 --- 1

    not NOT
    Prefix. Lower precedence version of the '!' operator.

    and AND
    Left associative. Lower precedence version of the '&&' operator.

    or OR
    Right associative. Lower precedence version of the '||' operator.

    err ERR
    Right associative. Lower precedence version of the '//' operator.

    {}
    This operator is not exposed for external use. It is used internally by Template::Alloy to delay the creation of a hash until the execution of the compiled template.

    []
    This operator is not exposed for external use. It is used internally by Template::Alloy to delay the creation of an array until the execution of the compiled template.

    qr
    This operator is not exposed for external use. It is used internally by Template::Alloy to store a regular expression and its options. It will return a compiled Regexp object when compiled.

    -temp-
    This operator is not exposed for external use. It is used internally by some directives to pass temporary, literal data into play_expr to allow additional vmethods or filters to be called on existing data.


    AUTHOR

    Paul Seamons <paul at seamons dot com>


    LICENSE

    This module may be distributed under the same terms as Perl itself.

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