Text::MicroMason::Docs::Related - A Brief Survey of Templating Modules
Text::MicroMason is just one of dozens (or hundreds) of templating distributions on CPAN.
This document mentions a few related modules and includes a brief discussion of some similarities and differences among them.
For a more authoritative discussion, see Perrin Harkins' classic article at http://www.perl.com/lpt/a/2001/08/21/templating.html.
For reference, here's a slightly mangled version of the comparison matrix at the conclusion of that article:
Scope Style Parsing Language HTML::Mason Framework Callback Compiled Perl HTML::Embperl Framework Callback Compiled Perl Apache::ASP Framework Callback Compiled Perl and XSL AxKit Framework Pipeline Compiled or Perl, XSL and Cached Parse Mini-Languages SSI Templates Callback Repeated Parse Mini-Language Template Tlkit Templates Pipeline Compiled Mini-Language HTML::Template Templates Pipeline Cached Parse Mini-Language Text::Template Templates Pipeline Compiled Perl
There are serveral ways we can differentiate between templating systems:
Some templating systems just provide functions to fill in templates, like Text::Template.
Some templating systems are not particularly configurable or extensible.
Some templating systems repeatedly parse the template from scratch every time it is used.
Others parse the template into an intermediate data structure and then iterate over that each time the template is used.
See also HTML::Template::Compiled.
(If you've already got HTML::Mason installed, configured, and loaded into your process, you're probably better off using it rather than this package. HTML::Mason's
$interp->make_component() method allows you to parse a text string without saving it to disk first.)
For distribution, installation, support, copyright and license information, see Text::MicroMason::Docs::ReadMe.