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Manual Reference Pages  -  CLASS::ADAPTER::BUILDER (3)

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Class::Adapter::Builder - Generate Class::Adapter classes



  package My::Adapter;
  use strict;
  use Class::Adapter::Builder
      ISA     => Specific::API,
      METHODS => [ qw{foo bar baz} ],
      method  => different_method;


Class::Adapter::Builder is another mechanism for letting you create Adapter classes of your own.

It is intended to act as a toolkit for generating the guts of many varied and different types of Adapter classes.

For a simple base class you can inherit from and change a specific method, see Class::Adapter::Clear.

    The Pragma Interface

The most common method for defining Adapter classes, as shown in the synopsis, is the pragma interface.

This consists of a set of key/value pairs provided when you load the module.

  # The format for building Adapter classes
  use Class::Adapter::Builder PARAM => VALUE, ...

ISA The ISA param is provided as either a single value, or a reference to an ARRAY containing is list of classes.

Normally this is just a straight list of classes. However, if the value for ISA is set to _OBJECT_ the object will identify itself as whatever is contained in it when the ->isa and ->can method are called on it.

NEW Normally, you need to create your Class::Adapter objects separately:

  # Create the object
  my $query = CGI->new( param1, param2 );
  # Create the Decorator
  my $object = My::Adapter->new( $query );

If you provide a class name as the NEW param, the Decorator will do this for you, passing on any constructor arguments.

  # Assume we provided the following
  # NEW => CGI,
  # We can now do the above in one step
  my $object = My::Adapter->new( param1, param2 );

AUTOLOAD By default, a Class::Adapter does not pass on any methods, with the methods to be passed on specified explicitly with the METHODS param.

By setting AUTOLOAD to true, the Adapter will be given the standard AUTOLOAD function to to pass through all unspecified methods to the parent object.

By default the AUTOLOAD will pass through any and all calls, including calls to private methods.

If the AUTOLOAD is specifically set to ’PUBLIC’, the AUTOLOAD setting will ONLY apply to public methods, and any private methods will not be passed through.

METHODS The METHODS param is provided as a reference to an array of all the methods that are to be passed through to the parent object as is.
Any params other than the ones specified above are taken as translated methods.

  # If you provide the following
  # foo => bar
  # It the following are equivalent

This capability is provided primarily because in Perl one of the main situations in which you hit the limits of Perl’s inheritance model is when your class needs to inherit from multiple different classes that containing clashing methods.

For example:

  # If your class is like this
  package Foo;
  use base This, That;

If both This->method exists and That->method exists, and both mean different things, then Foo->method becomes ambiguous.

A Class::Adapter could be used to wrap your Foo object, with the Class::Adapter becoming the That sub-class, and passing $decorator->method through to $object->that_method.


Yes, Class::Adapter::Builder has public methods and later on you will be able to access them directly, but for now they are remaining undocumented, so that I can shuffle things around for another few versions.

Just stick to the pragma interface for now.


Bugs should be reported via the CPAN bug tracker at


For other issues, contact the author.


Adam Kennedy <>


Class::Adapter, Class::Adapter::Clear


Copyright 2005 - 2011 Adam Kennedy.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

The full text of the license can be found in the LICENSE file included with this module.

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