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NAME

Class::Measure - Create, compare, and convert units of measurement.

SYNOPSIS

See Class::Measure::Length for some examples.

DESCRIPTION

This is a base class that is inherited by the Class::Measure classes. This distribution comes with the class Class::Measure::Length.

The classes Class::Measure::Area, Class::Measure::Mass, Class::Measure::Space, Class::Measure::Temperature, and Class::Measure::Volume are planned and will be added soon.

The methods described here are available in all Class::Measure classes.

METHODS

new

  my $m = new Class::Measure::Length( 1, 'inch' );

Creates a new measurement object. You must pass an initial measurement and default unit.

In most cases the measurement class that you are useing will export a method to create new measurements. For example Class::Measure::Length exports the length() method.

unit

  my $unit = $m->unit;

Returns the object's default unit.

set_unit

  $m->set_unit( 'feet' );

Sets the default unit of the measurement.

value

  my $yards = $m->value('yards');
  my $val = $m->value;
  print "$m is the same as $val when in a string\n";

Retrieves the value of the measurement in the default unit. You may specify a unit in which case the value is converted to the unit and returned.

This method is also used to handle overloading of stringifying the object.

set_value

  my $m = length( 0, 'inches' );
  $m->set_value( 12 ); # 12 inches.
  $m->set_value( 1, 'foot' ); # 1 foot.

Sets the measurement in the default unit. You may specify a new default unit as well.

reg_units

  Class::Measure::Length->reg_units(
    'inch', 'foot', 'yard'
  );

Registers one or more units for use in the specified class. Units should be in the singular, most common, form.

units

  my @units = Class::Measure::Length->units();

Returns a list of all registered units.

reg_aliases

  Class::Measure::Length->reg_aliases(
    ['feet','ft'] => 'foot',
    ['in','inches'] => 'inch',
    'yards' => 'yard'
  );

Register alternate names for units. Expects two arguments per unit to alias. The first argument being the alias (scalar) or aliases (array ref), and the second argument being the unit to alias them to.

reg_convs

  Class::Measure::Length->reg_convs(
    12, 'inches' => 'foot',
    'yard' => '3', 'feet'
  );

Registers a unit conversion. There are three distinct ways to specify a new conversion. Each requires three arguments.

  $count1, $unit1 => $unit2
  $unit1 => $count2, $unit2

These first two syntaxes create automatic reverse conversions as well. So, saying there are 12 inches in a foot implies that there are 1/12 feet in an inch.

  $unit1 => $unit2, $sub

The third syntax accepts a subroutine as the last argument the subroutine will be called with the value of $unit1 and it's return value will be assigned to $unit2. This third syntax does not create a reverse conversion automatically.

AUTHOR

Aran Clary Deltac <bluefeet@cpan.org>

LICENSE

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

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