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NetSDS::App - common application superclass


        #!/usr/bin/env perl
        use 5.8.0;
        use warnings;
        use strict;

                conf_file => '/etc/NetSDS/myapp.conf', # default place for config search
                daemon => 1,      # run in daemon mode
                use_pidfile => 1, # write PID file to avoid double processing
                verbose => 0,     # no verbosity


        # Application logic here
        package MyApp;

        use base 'NetSDS::App';

        # Startup hook
        sub start {
                my ($self) = @_;

                # Use configuration
                $self->{listen_port} = $self->conf->{listen_port};

                # Use logging subsystem
                $self->log("info", "Application successfully started with PID=".$self->pid);

        # Main processing hook
        sub process {
                my ($self) = @_;
                print "Hello!";

                # Use verbose output
                $self->speak("Trying to be more verbose");



NetSDS::App is a base class for NetSDS applications. It implements common functionality including the following:

        * initialization
        * configuration file processing
        * command line parameters processing
        * application workflow
        * daemonization
        * PID file processing
        * logging
        * event detail records writing
        * default signal handling

New application should be inherited from NetSDS::App class directly or via child classes for more specific tasks like CGI, AGI, SMPP and other.

Common application workflow is described on this diagram:

           |        |
        start()     |
           |        |
        process()   --- main_loop()
           |        |
        stop()      |
           |        |

When application is starting initialize() method is invoked first. It provides common start time functionality like CLI parameters processing, daemonization, reading configuration.

initialize() method may be overwritten in more specific frameworks to change default behaviour of some application types.

Then main_loop() method invoked to process main application logic. This method provides three redefinable hooks: start(), process() and stop(). Theese hooks should be overwritten to implement necessary logic.

Depending on infinite flag main_loop() may call process() hook in infinite loop or only once.

main_loop() workflow may be redefined in inherited framework to implement some other process flow logic.

On the last step finalize() method is invoked to make necessary finalization actions on framework level.


Application class may be provided with a number of parameters that allows to manage application behaviour. For example it may be a configuration file, daemonization mode or debugging flag.

Such parameters are passed to run() method as hash:

                has_conf => 1,
                conf_file => '/etc/sample/file.conf',
                daemon => 1,
                use_pidfile => 1,


Command line parameters may be passed to NetSDS application to override defaults.

These CLI options overrides conf_file, debug, daemon, verbose and name default parameters that are passed in run() method.


        # Debugging in foreground mode
        ./application --config=/etc/myapp.conf --nodaemon --debug

        # Set application name explicitly
        ./application --name=myapp


new([%params]) - class constructor

Constructor is usually invoked from run() class method. It creates application object and set its initial properties from oarameters passed as hash.

Standard parameters are:

        * name - application name
        * debug - set to 1 for debugging
        * daemon - set to 1 for daemonization
        * verbose - set to 1 for more verbosity
        * use_pidfile - set to 1 for PID files processing
        * pid_dir - path to PID files catalog
        * conf_file - path to configuration file
        * has_conf - set to 1 if configuration file is necessary
        * auto_features - set to 1 for auto features inclusion
        * infinite - set to 1 for inifinite loop
run(%parameters) - application launcher

This method calls class constructor and then switch to main_loop() method.

All method parameters are transparently passed to application constructor.

        #!/usr/bin/env perl
        use 5.8.0;
        use warnings;
        use strict;

                conf_file => '/etc/myapp.conf',
                daemon => 1,
                use_pidfile => 1,


        # **********************************
        # Logic of application

        package MyApp;
        use base 'NetSDS::App';
name([$name]) - application name

This method is an accessor to application name allowing to retrieve this or set new one.

        print "My name is " . $self->name;
pid() - PID of application process

Read only access to process identifier (PID).

        print "My PID is " . $self->pid;
debug() - debugging flag

This method provides an accessor to debugging flag. If application called with --debug option it will return TRUE value.

        if ($self->debug) {
                print "Debug info: " . $debug_data;
verbose() - verbosity flag

This method provides an accessor to verbosity flag.

It may be used to increase application verbosity level if necessary.

        if ($self->verbose) {
                print "I'm working!";

NOTE: This flag is is for normal operations. If you need implement debug output or other development/testing functionality - use debug() instead.

logger() - accessor to logger

This method is accessor to logger (object of NetSDS::Logger class).

NOTE: There is no need to use this method directly in application. See log() method description to understand logging features.

conf() - accessor to configuration

This method is accessor to application configuration represented as hash reference returned by NetSDS::Conf module.

Configuration sample:

        content_dir /var/lib/content

                login netsds
                passwd topsecret

Code sample:

        # Retrieve configuration
        my $content_dir = $self->conf->{content_dir};
        my $kannel_url = $self->conf->{kannel}->{send_url};
use_pidfile(BOOL) - PID file checking flag

Paramters: TRUE if PID file checking required

pid_dir([$directory]) - PID files storage

Paramters: directory name

daemon(BOOL) - daemonization flag

Paramters: TRUE if application should be a daemon

        if ($self->daemon()) {
                $self->log("info", "Yeah! I'm daemon!");
auto_features() - auto features flag

Automatic features inclusion allowed if TRUE.

infinite([$bool]) - is application in infinite loop


        # Switch to infinite loop mode
edr_file([$file_name]) - accessor to EDR file name

Paramters: EDR file path


Common application initialization:

1. Reading config if necessary.

2. Daemonize application.

3. Check PID file for already running application instances.

4. Start logger.

5. Prepare default signal handlers.

use_auto_features() - add features to application

This method implements automatic features inclusion by application configuration file (see feature sections).

add_feature($name, $class, $config, %params) - add feature

Paramters: feature name, class name, parameters (optional)

Returns: feature object

        $self->add_feature('kannel','NetSDS::Feature::Kannel', $self->conf->{feature}->{kannel});
finalize() - switch to finalization stage

This method called if we need to finish application.

start() - user defined initialization hook

Abstract method for postinitialization procedures execution.

Arguments and return defined in inherited classes. This method should be overwritten in exact application.

Remember that start() methhod is invoked after initialize()

process() - main loop iteration hook

Abstract method for main loop iteration procedures execution.

Arguments and return defined in inherited classes.

This method should be overwritten in exact application.

stop() - post processing hook

This method should be rewritten in target class to contain real post processing routines.

main_loop() - main loop algorithm

This method provide default main loop alghorythm implementation and may be rewritten for alternative logic.


log($level, $message) - write message to log

This method provides ablity to write log messages to syslog.


        $self->log("info", "New message arrived with id=$msg_id");
error($message) - return error with logging

This method extends inherited method functionality with automatically logging this message to syslog.


        if (!$dbh->ping) {
                return $self->error("We have problem with DBMS");
speak(@strs) - verbose output

Paramters: list of strings to be written as verbose output

This method implements verbose output to STDOUT.

        $self->speak("Do something");
edr($record [,$record..]) - write EDR

Paramters: list of EDR records to write

                event => "call",
                status => "rejected",
config_file($file_name) - determine full configuration file name


To add more flexibility to application development NetSDS::App framework allows to add pluggable features. Application feature is a class dynamically loaded into application using configuration file parameters.

To use application features developer should do the following:

* set auto_features run() parameter

* create feature sections in application as described

* create feature classes inherited from NetSDS::Feature


See samples/


This module is a one bug itself :-)


NetSDS, NetSDS::Class::Abstract, NetSDS::Logger


Fix and cleanup!


Valentyn Solomko <>

Michael Bochkaryov <>


Copyright (C) 2008-2009 Net Style Ltd.

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This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA

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