Text::MicroMason::Docs::ReadMe - About the MicroMason Distribution
The HTML::Mason module provides a useful syntax for dynamic template
interpretation (sometimes called embedded scripting): plain text (or HTML)
containing occasional chunks of Perl code whose results are interpolated into
the text when the template is "executed."
However, HTML::Mason also provides a full-featured web application framework
with numerous other functions, and there are times in which I'd like to use
the templating capability without configuring a full Mason installation.
Thus, the Text::MicroMason module was born: it supports the core aspects of the
HTML::Mason syntax ("<%...%>" expressions, "%...\n"
lines and "<%perl>...</%perl>" blocks, "<&
file &>" includes, "%ARGS" and
"$_out->()"), and omits the features that are web specific (like
autohandlers) or are less widely used (like "<%method>"
You may well be thinking "yet another dynamic templating module?
Sheesh!" And you'd have a good point. There certainly are a wide variety
of templating toolkits on CPAN already. (For a brief list see
Nonetheless, I think this module occupies a useful niche: it provides a
reasonable subset of HTML::Mason syntax in a very light-weight fashion. In
comparison to the other modules listed, MicroMason aims to be fairly
lightweight, using one eval per parse, converting the template to a compiled
subroutine reference, and requiring less than five hundred lines of Perl code.
Although it notoriously difficult to fairly benchmark competing template
frameworks, at least some anecdotal evidence indicates that this module
performs reasonably well.
It is also highly modular, allowing users to select and enable the combination
of features they desire. Automatic caching, safe compartments, post-processing
and other features are available as mixin classes that are loaded on demand.
I've recently added mixin classes that emulate the template syntax used by
Apache::ASP, Embperl, HTML::Template, PLP, Text::Template, and
This is version 2.13 of Text::MicroMason.
If you encounter any problems, please inform the current maintainer and I'll
endeavor to patch them promptly.
This module's CPAN registration should read:
Name DSLIP Description
-------------- ----- ---------------------------------------------
Text:: Group 11: Text Processing
::MicroMason Rdpfp Simplified HTML::Mason Templating
Please see the CPAN Testers report for a sample of systems this module has been
tested successfully on:
The required version of perl has been increased to 5.6 as of version 1.993_01.
It should work with on any standard platform which runs Perl.
Although almost all currently existing features work on versions of Perl
reaching back to 5.0, it will benefit Text::MicroMason in the long run if
supporting legacy versions of Perl was not necessary. Please contact the new
maintainer to gripe, if you absolutely need Text::MicroMason on an older
version of Perl.
There is one pre-requisite module not included with the core distribution which
must be installed from CPAN: Class::MixinFactory.
If you want to use the Text::Template compatibility mode, you will also need to
Various other mixins included in MicroMason require other modules in order to be
useful, but MicroMason installs and tests without them. (I should be more
specific here in the future.)
You should be able to install this module using the CPAN shell interface:
perl -MCPAN -e 'install Text::MicroMason'
Alternately, you may retrieve this package from CPAN
After downloading the distribution, follow the normal procedure to unpack and
install it, using the commands shown below or their local equivalents on your
tar xzf Text-MicroMason-*.tar.gz
make test && sudo make install
If you have questions or feedback about this module, please feel free to contact
the maintainer or original author at the e-mail address listed below. Although
there is no formal support program, I do attempt to answer email promptly.
I would be particularly interested in any suggestions towards improving the
documentation, correcting any Perl-version or platform dependencies, as well
as general feedback and suggested additions.
Bug reports that contain a failing test case are greatly appreciated, and
suggested patches will be promptly considered for inclusion in future
You can report bugs via the CPAN web tracking system, or send mail to
"bug-Text-MicroMason#rt.cpan.org", replacing "#" with
If you've found this module useful or have feedback about your experience with
it, consider sharing your opinion with other Perl users by posting your
comment to CPAN's ratings system.
For more general discussion, you may wish to post a message on the CPAN::Forum,
on PerlMonks, or on the comp.lang.perl.modules newsgroup. These are not all
monitored by the current maintainer, so if you want a response, please contact
My sincere thanks to the following people for their feedback and contributions:
Daniel J. Wright
Matthew Simon Cavalletto
Portions based on HTML::Mason by Jonathan Swartz.
Portions based on Embperl by Gerald Richter.
Portions based on HTML::Template by Sam Tregar.
Portions based on PLP by Juerd Waalboer.
Portions based on Text::Template by Mark Jason Dominus.
Portions based on Text::QuickTemplate by Eric J. Roode.
Developed by Matthew Simon Cavalletto at Evolution Softworks. You may contact
the author directly at "evo#cpan.org" or
"simonm#cavalletto.org", replacing "#" with "@".
Currently maintained by Alan Ferrency <ferrency#cpan.org> at pair
Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Matthew Simon Cavalletto.
Portions copyright 2001 Evolution Online Systems, Inc.
You may use, modify, and distribute this software under the same terms as