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P5tie - Implement Perl 5's tie() built-in
use P5tie; # exports tie(), tied() and untie() tie my $s, Tie::AsScalar; tie my @a, Tie::AsArray; tie my %h, Tie::AsHash; $object = tied $s; untie $s;
This module tries to mimic the behaviour of the
tie of Perl 5 as closely as possible. Please note that there are usually better ways attaching special functionality to arrays, hashes and scalars in Perl 6 than using
tie. Please see the documentation on Custom Types for more information to handling the needs that Perl 5's
tie fulfills in a more efficient way in Perl 6.
In Rakudo Perl 6, the special methods of the tieing class, can be implemented as Perl 6
methods, or they can be implemented as
our subs, both are perfectly acceptable. They can even be mixed, if necessary. But note that if you're depending on subclassing, that you must change the
package to a
class to make things work.
Because Rakudo Perl 6 does not have the concept of magic that can be added or removed, it is not possible to
untie a variable. Note that the associated
UNTIE sub/method will be called, so that any resources can be freed.
Potentially it would be possible to actually have any subsequent accesses to the tied variable throw an exception: perhaps it will at some point.
Because tying a scalar in Rakudo Perl 6 must be implemented using a
Proxy, and it is currently not possible to mix in any additional behaviour into a
Proxy, it is alas impossible to implement
DESTROY for tied scalars at this point in time. Please note that
DESTROY are supported for tied arrays and hashes.
Tieing a file handle is not yet implemented at this time. Mainly because I don't grok yet how to do that. As usual, patches and Pull Requests are welcome!
Elizabeth Mattijsen firstname.lastname@example.org
Source can be located at: https://github.com/lizmat/P5tie . Comments and Pull Requests are welcome.
Copyright 2018 Elizabeth Mattijsen
Re-imagined from Perl 5 as part of the CPAN Butterfly Plan.
This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the Artistic License 2.0.