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We have the model, the aggregator (and some tests), now we can do a basic frontend to read our feed. For this I will create a webapp using Catalyst.

Catalyst::Devel is required for developping catalyst application, so we will install it first:

    % cpan Catalyst::Devel

Now we can create our catalyst application using the helper:

    % MyFeedReader

This command initialise the framework for our application MyFeedReader. A number of files are created, like the structure of the MVC directory, some tests, helpers, ...

We start by creating a view, using TTSite. TTSite generate some templates for us, and the configuration for this template. We will also have a basic CSS, a header, footer, etc.

    cd MyFeedReader
    perl script/ view TT TTSite

TTSite files are under root/src and root/lib. A MyAggregator/View/ file is also created. We edit it to make it look like this:

        INCLUDE_PATH => [
            MyFeedReader->path_to( 'root', 'src' ),
            MyFeedReader->path_to( 'root', 'lib' )
        PRE_PROCESS  => 'config/main',
        WRAPPER      => 'site/wrapper',
        ERROR        => 'error.tt2',
        TIMER        => 0,
        TEMPLATE_EXTENSION => '.tt2',

Now we create our first template, in root/src/index.tt2

    to <a href="/feed/">your feeds</a>

If you start the application (using perl script/ and point your browser on http://localhost:3000/, this template will be rendered.

We need two models, one for KiokuDB and another one for MyModel:


    package MyFeedReader::Model::KiokuDB;
    use Moose;
    BEGIN { extends qw(Catalyst::Model::KiokuDB) }

we edit the configuration file (myfeedreader.conf), and set the dsn for our kiokudb backend

        <Model KiokuDB>
            dsn dbi:SQLite:../MyAggregator/foo.db


    package MyFeedReader::Model::MyModel;
    use base qw/Catalyst::Model::DBIC::Schema/;

and the configuration:

    <Model MyModel>
        connect_info dbi:SQLite:../MyModel/model.db
        schema_class MyModel

We got our view and our model, we can do the code for the controller. We need 2 controller, one for the feed, and one for the entries. The Feed controller will list them and display entries titles for a given feed. The Entry controller will just display them.


    package MyFeedReader::Controller::Feed;
    use strict;
    use warnings;
    use parent 'Catalyst::Controller';

    __PACKAGE__->config->{namespace} = 'feed';

    sub index : Path : Args(0) {
        my ( $self, $c ) = @_;
            = [ $c->model('MyModel')->resultset('Feed')->search() ];

    sub view : Chained('/') : PathPart('feed/view') : Args(1) {
        my ( $self, $c, $id ) = @_;
            = $c->model('MyModel')->resultset('Feed')->find($id);


The function index list the feeds, while the function view list the entries for a give feed. We use the chained action mechanism to dispatch this url, so we can have urls like this /feed/\*

We create our 2 templates (for index and view):


        [% FOREACH feed IN feeds %]
            <li><a href="/feed/view/[% %]">[% feed.url %]</a></li>
        [% END %]


    <h1>[% feed.url %]</h1>

        [% FOREACH entry IN feed.entries %]
            <li><a href="/entry/[% %]">[% entry.permalink %]</a></li>
        [% END %]

If you point your browser to http://localhost:3000/feed/ you will see this:

Now the controller for displaying the entries:

    package MyFeedReader::Controller::Entry;
    use strict;
    use warnings;
    use MyAggregator::Entry;
    use parent 'Catalyst::Controller';

    __PACKAGE__->config->{namespace} = 'entry';

    sub view : Chained('/') : PathPart('entry') : Args(1) {
        my ( $self, $c, $id ) = @_;
        $c->stash->{entry} = $c->model('KiokuDB')->lookup($id);


The function view fetch an entry from the kiokudb backend, and store it in the stash, so we can use it in our template.


    <h1><a href="[% entry.permalink %]">[% entry.title %]</a></h1>
    <span>Posted [% %] by [% %]</span>
    <div id="content">
        [% entry.content %]

If you point your browser to an entry (something like *http://localhost:3000/entry/somesha256value*), you will see an entry:

Et voila, we are done with a really basic feed reader. You can add methods to add or delete feed, mark an entry as read, ...