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NAME

Lingua::Boolean - DEPRECATED module to comprehensively parse boolean response strings

VERSION

version 0.008

SYNOPSIS

use Lingua::Boolean; # NO! Don't use it - use Lingua::Boolean::Tiny

# Use functional/procedural interface
print "Do it? ";
chomp(my $response = <>);
if ( boolean $response ) {   # YES, y, OK, 1...
    print "OK, doing it.\n";
}
else {                      # no, N, 0...
    print "OK, not doing it.\n";
}

# Once more, with feeling
print "Fait-le? ";
chomp($response = <>);
if ( boolean $response, 'fr' ) {    # OUI
    print "OK, on le fait.\n";
}
else {                              # non
    print "OK, on ne le fait pas.\n";
}

# Or, use OO interface
my $bool = Lingua::Boolean->new('en');
print "Do it? ";
chomp($response = <>);
if ($bool->boolean($response)) {
    print "OK, doing it!\n";
}
else {
    print "OK, not doing it.\n";
}

DESCRIPTION

This module is deprecated. It began as an experiment with the concept, as well as API design. The experiment worked -- we proved that this module has a bad interface. If you are still interested in the conceptual experiment, give Lingua::Boolean::Tiny a try.

Does that string look like they said "true" or "false"? To know, you have to check a lot of things. Lingua::Boolean attempts to do that in a single module, and do so for multiple languages.

METHODS

Lingua::Boolean provides both functional/procedural and object-oriented interfaces. Everything described below is an object method, but can also be called as a function. boolean() is exported by default, and can be called that way - everything else requires the fully-qualified name.

use Lingua::Boolean;
my @languages = Lingua::Boolean::languages();
print boolean('yes') . "\n"; # boolean is exported by default

import

Calling import() will, obviously, import subs into your namespace. By default, Lingua::Boolean imports the sub boolean(). All other subs should be accessed with the object-oriented interface, or use the fully qualified name.

new

new() creates a new Lingua::Boolean object. You can optionally give it the code for the language you'll be working with, and only that language will be loaded. If you do so, you needn't pass the language to every call to boolean():

use Lingua::Boolean qw();
my $bool = Lingua::Boolean->new('fr');
print ($bool->boolean('oui') ? "TRUE\n" : "FALSE\n");

Otherwise, boolean() accept the language code as the second parameter:

use Lingua::Boolean qw();
my $bool = Lingua::Boolean->new();
print ($bool->boolean('oui', 'fr') ? "TRUE\n" : "FALSE\n");

boolean

boolean() tries to determine if the string looks true or looks false, and returns true or false accordingly. If both tests fail, dies. By default, uses en; pass a language code as the second parameter to check another language. Croaks if the language is unknown to Lingua::Boolean (or the Lingua::Boolean object, if used as an object method).

use Lingua::Boolean qw();
my $bool = Lingua::Boolean->new();
print ($bool->boolean('yes') ? "TRUE\n" : "FALSE\n");

If you specify the language in the constructor, you needn't specify it in the call to boolean():

use Lingua::Boolean qw();
my $bool = Lingua::Boolean->new('fr');
print ($bool->boolean('OUI') ? "TRUE\n" : "FALSE\n");

This sub is exported by default, and can be used functionally:

use Lingua::Boolean;
print (boolean('yes') ? "TRUE\n" : "FALSE\n");

languages

languages() returns the list of languages that Lingua::Boolean knows about.

use Lingua::Boolean;
my @languages = Lingua::Boolean::languages(); # qw(English Français ...)

When called as an object method, returns the languages that that object knows about:

use Lingua::Boolean qw();
my $bool = Lingua::Boolean->new('fr');
my @languages = $bool->languages(); # qw(Français)

langs

langs() returns the list of language codes that Lingua::Boolean knows about.

use Lingua::Boolean;
my @lang_codes = Lingua::Boolean::langs(); # qw(en fr ...)

When called as an object method, returns the languages that that object knows about:

use Lingua::Boolean qw();
my $bool = Lingua::Boolean->new('fr');
my @lang_codes = $bool->langs(); # qw(fr)

EXPORTS

By default, Lingua::Boolean exports boolean(). All other methods must be fully qualified - or use the object-oriented interface.

AVAILABILITY

The project homepage is http://metacpan.org/release/Lingua-Boolean/.

The latest version of this module is available from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN). Visit http://www.perl.com/CPAN/ to find a CPAN site near you, or see https://metacpan.org/module/Lingua::Boolean/.

SOURCE

The development version is on github at http://github.com/doherty/Lingua-Boolean and may be cloned from git://github.com/doherty/Lingua-Boolean.git

BUGS AND LIMITATIONS

You can make new bug reports, and view existing ones, through the web interface at https://github.com/doherty/Lingua-Boolean/issues.

AUTHOR

Mike Doherty doherty@cpan.org

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

This software is copyright (c) 2010 by Mike Doherty.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

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