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Rails routes like functionality for Perl's CGI::Application

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To install this module, run the following commands:

	perl Makefile.PL
	make test
	make install


CGI::Application::Plugin::Routes tries to bring to perl some of the goodies of Rails routes by allowing the creationg of a routes table that is parsed at the prerun stage again the CGI's path_info data. The result of the process (if there's any match at the end of the process) is added to CGI's query method from CGI::Application and available to all the runmodes via the CGI::Application::query::param method.
By doing this, the plugin provides a uniform way to access GET and POST parameters when using clean url's with the query->param() method.


Perhaps a little code snippet.


	package TestApp;
	use strict;
	use warnings;
	use base qw/CGI::Application/;
	use CGI::Application::Plugin::Routes;
	sub setup {
		my $self = shift;

		$self->routes_root('/thismod');#optional, will be used to prepend every route defines in $self->routes.
			'' => 'home' ,
			'/view/:name/:id/:email'  => 'view',

	sub view {
		my $self = shift;
		my $q = $self->query();
		my $name = $q->param('name');
		my $id = $q->param('id');
		my $email = $q->param('email');
		my $debug = $self->routes_dbg; #dumps all the C::A::P::Routes info
		return $self->dump_html();


Michael Peter's CGI::Application::Dispatch module that can be found here:
I borrowed from him most of the routine that parses the url.

Mark Stosberg  provided great feedback and fixed parts of the code making it more clean and efficient.


After installing, you can find documentation for this module with the
perldoc command.

    perldoc CGI::Application::Plugin::Routes

You can also look for information at:

    RT, CPAN's request tracker

    AnnoCPAN, Annotated CPAN documentation

    CPAN Ratings

    Search CPAN


Copyright (C) 2008 Julián Porta

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

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