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NAME

Tiffany - Generic interface for Perl5 template engines.

SYNOPSIS

use Tiffany;

my $tmpl = Tiffany->load('Text::Xslate', {syntax => 'TTerse'});
$tmpl->render(\'Hello, [% name %]', {name => 'John'});
# => "Hello, John"

DESCRIPTION

Tiffany is a generic interface for Perl5 template engines.

THIS MODULE IS IN ITS BETA QUALITY. THE API IS STOLEN FROM TILT BUT MAY CHANGE IN THE FUTURE.

FACTORY METHOD

Tiffany.pm acts as a factory for Tiffany::* classes, which in turn are the actual adaptor classes for each template engine.

  • my $tiffany = Tiffany->load($klass, $args)

Load Tiffany::* class if necessary, and create new instance of using the given arguments.

my $xslate = Tiffany->load("Text::Xslate", +{syntax => 'TTerse'});

my $xslate = Tiffany->load("+My::Template::Engine", +{option => 'here'});

The Tiffany Protocol

The Tiffany protocol is based on duck typing. A template adaptor does not need to inherit from a particular class, but its API needs to adhere to the spec provided here.

In the documentation that follows, Tiffany::Thing represents an adaptor class.

  • my $tiffanny = Tiffany::Thing->new([$args:HashRef|ArrayRef]);

The module SHOULD have a new method.

This method creates a new instance of Tiffany module.

$args should be passed to the constructor of the template engine.

  • my $result = $tmpl->render($stuff:Scalar|ScalarRef [, @args]);

The module SHOULD have a render method.

This method should invoke the appropriate rendering method for the underlying template engine, using @args.

If the template engine found any errors, this method MUST throw an exception.

If the template engine throws any exceptions, Tiffany module SHOULD pass through the exception unaltered.

$stuff SHOULD expect a Scalar that represents the template filename. The module MAY allow a ScalarRef that holds the actual template code.

This method MUST return plain string. Do not return a blessed reference.

HOW TO USE IT IN MY WEB APPLICATION FRAMEWORK?

Example code is here: eg/sinatraish/ in distribution tar ball or http://github.com/tokuhirom/p5-tiffany/tree/master/eg/sinatraish/.

FAQ

  • Is Tiffany supports JSON?

Tiffany should not support JSON. Tiffany protocol can support JSON serialize. But real web application needs more things like Content-Type. It is not supported area for Tiffany.

AUTHOR

Tokuhiro Matsuno

SEE ALSO

Any::Template, http://github.com/rtomayko/tilt

THANKS TO

kazuhooku

gfx

miyagawa

lestrrat

LICENSE

Copyright (C) Tokuhiro Matsuno

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

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