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NAME ^

Template::Plugin::DateTime::Format - format DateTime objects from inside TT with DateTime::Format-style formatters

SYNOPSIS ^

   [% USE f = DateTime::Format('DateTime::Format::Strptime', { pattern => "%T" }) %]
   [% f.format(datetime_object) %]

DESCRIPTION ^

Oftentimes, you have a DateTime object that you want to render in your template. However, the default rendering (2008-01-01T01:23:45) is pretty ugly. Formatting the DateTime with a DateTime::Format object is the usual solution, but there's usually not a nice place to put the formatting code.

This plugin solves that problem. You can create a formatter object from within TT and then use that object to format DateTime objects.

CREATING AN OBJECT

Creating a formatter instance is done in the usual TT way:

  [% USE varname = DateTime::Format( ... args ... ) %]

This creates a new formatter and calls it varname.

The constructor takes up to three arguments. The first argument is the name of the formatter class. It is required, and the named class must follow the DateTime::Format API. An exception will be thrown if the class cannot be loaded.

The second argument is a reference to pass to the formatter's constructor. If it is an array reference, the array will be dereferenced before being passed to new as @_. Otherwise, the single reference is passed to the constructor.

The third argument is optional and is the rest of @_ to pass to format_datetime after the DateTime object. I don't know if this is actually allowed by the API, but I figured it might come in handy.

FORMATTING DATES

Once you've created the object, invoke the format method with the DateTime object you'd like to format. The result of format_datetime is returned.

METHODS ^

new

Called by TT to create a new formatter.

format($datetime)

Formats $datetime.

REPOSITORY ^

https://github.com/neilbowers/Template-Plugin-DateTime-Format

AUTHOR ^

Jonathan Rockway <jrockway@cpan.org>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE ^

Copyright (c) 2008 Jonathan Rockway.

This module is free software. You may redistribute it under the same terms as perl itself.

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