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Module Version: 0.226   Source   Latest Release: parent-0.228

NAME ^

parent - Establish an ISA relationship with base classes at compile time

SYNOPSIS ^

    package Baz;
    use parent qw(Foo Bar);

DESCRIPTION ^

Allows you to both load one or more modules, while setting up inheritance from those modules at the same time. Mostly similar in effect to

    package Baz;
    BEGIN {
        require Foo;
        require Bar;
        push @ISA, qw(Foo Bar);
    }

By default, every base class needs to live in a file of its own. If you want to have a subclass and its parent class in the same file, you can tell parent not to load any modules by using the -norequire switch:

  package Foo;
  sub exclaim { "I CAN HAS PERL" }

  package DoesNotLoadFooBar;
  use parent -norequire, 'Foo', 'Bar';
  # will not go looking for Foo.pm or Bar.pm

This is equivalent to the following code:

  package Foo;
  sub exclaim { "I CAN HAS PERL" }

  package DoesNotLoadFooBar;
  push @DoesNotLoadFooBar::ISA, 'Foo', 'Bar';

This is also helpful for the case where a package lives within a differently named file:

  package MyHash;
  use Tie::Hash;
  use parent -norequire, 'Tie::StdHash';

This is equivalent to the following code:

  package MyHash;
  require Tie::Hash;
  push @ISA, 'Tie::StdHash';

If you want to load a subclass from a file that require would not consider an eligible filename (that is, it does not end in either .pm or .pmc), use the following code:

  package MySecondPlugin;
  require './plugins/custom.plugin'; # contains Plugin::Custom
  use parent -norequire, 'Plugin::Custom';

DIAGNOSTICS ^

Class 'Foo' tried to inherit from itself

Attempting to inherit from yourself generates a warning.

    package Foo;
    use parent 'Foo';

HISTORY ^

This module was forked from base to remove the cruft that had accumulated in it.

CAVEATS ^

SEE ALSO ^

base

AUTHORS AND CONTRIBUTORS ^

Rafaël Garcia-Suarez, Bart Lateur, Max Maischein, Anno Siegel, Michael Schwern

MAINTAINER ^

Max Maischein corion@cpan.org

Copyright (c) 2007-10 Max Maischein <corion@cpan.org> Based on the idea of base.pm, which was introduced with Perl 5.004_04.

LICENSE ^

This module is released under the same terms as Perl itself.

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