constant::tiny - Perl pragma to declare constants
This module is a lightweight version of the Perl standard module
constant.pm. Here are the keys differences:
only works on Perl 5.10+ in order to simplify a good part of the code
doesn't support Unicode names; please use the standard
constant.pmmodule if you need to create constants with Unicode names
stricter rules about valid names, only allow names with alphanums (
[a-zA-Z0-9]and underscore (
_), allowing one optional leading underscore
In order to simplify its usage,
constant:tiny uses the normal
constant API. The main advatange is that switching your code to
constant::tiny means simply adding it before the first
use constant. The disadvantage is that, obviously, both modules can't be used at the same time. If the normal
constant was loaded before
constant::tiny, the latter won't do anything, letting the normal
constant do the work.
Other than this, the usage is (nearly) exactly the same as with the standard
constant module. For more details, please read constant.
The original reason to write this module was that, starting with version 1.24,
constant always loaded utf8_heavy.pl, which consumes some memory. Usually, this is not problematic, but in some particular cases (embedded Perl, frequently forked programs à la CGI), the increased memory cost can become a concern.
Therefore, this module was written as a alternative solution, with no support for Unicode names, so that programs working in memory constrained environments could have a better control.
Funnily enough, the day
constant::tiny was released on CPAN (the code had been written two months earlier as a proof of concept), Brad Gilbert proposed a patch for
constant in order to delay loading utf8_heavy.pl until necessary.
constant::tiny is less useful (which is good news), but can still address specific needs, if you want to restrict constant names to alphanums only.
To install this module, run the following commands:
perl Makefile.PL make make test make install
Alternatively, to install with Module::Build, you can use the following commands:
perl Build.PL ./Build ./Build test ./Build install
You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.
You can also look for information at:
RT: CPAN's request tracker (report bugs here)
AnnoCPAN: Annotated CPAN documentation
This module is heavily based on
constant.pm, originaly written by Tom Phoenix, Casey West, Nicholas Clark, Zefram and many other folks from the Perl 5 Porters.
<sebastien at aperghis.net>
This module is free software; you can redistribute it or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.