Dist::Man::Plugin -- how Dist::Man plugins work
This document is a guide to writing plugins for Dist::Man. Currently, as is evident, it isn't very comprehensive. It should provide enough information for writing effective plugins, though. After all, Dist::Man's guts are nice and simple.
Dist::Man provides an import method, the arguments to which are plugins, in the order in which they should be loaded. If no plugins are given, Dist::Man::Simple (and only Dist::Man::Simple) is loaded.
the given modules are required and arranged in an is-a chain.
Dist::Man subclasses the last plugin given,
which subclasses the second-to-last,
up to the first plugin given,
which is the base class.
If a plugin provides a
the remaining plugins to be loaded are passed to that method,
which is responsible for loading the rest of the plugins.
This architecture suggests two kinds of plugins:
An engine is a plugin that stands alone,
implementing the public
create_distro method and all the functionality required to carry out that implementation.
The only engine included with Dist::Man is Dist::Man::Simple,
and I'm not sure any more will be seen in the wild any time soon.
Other plugins are designed to subclass an engine and alter its behavior, just as a normal subclass alters its parent class's. These plugins may add features to Dist::Man engines, or may just provide general APIs for other plugins to exploit (like Dist::Man::Plugin::Template.)
The template plugin is a simple example of a plugin that alters an engine to accept further plugins. Other plugins like template will probably be written in the near future, and plugins that exploit the API provided by Dist::Man::Plugin::Template will be available on the CPAN.
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