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Features: Project Skeleton Generation


As a first step in the direction of supporting CPAN-style Perl projects we integrated into Padre the use of Module::Starter, The intent is to make it as easy as possible for CPAN authors (and especially for first-time CPAN authors) to have installers that follow all the best practices for distribution installation, but involve as much DWIM (Do What I Mean) as possible when writing them. \\ The "bones" of every new module are basically the same: even if it's not your intention to distribute, you should still Build, new module frameworks automatically. **PBP**

  • The original, oldest module for installing modules is ExtUtils::MakeMaker.
    the daddy, old, use one of the other's
  • Module::Build is pure-perl. This means it does not require a make program to be installed for you to build/install modules. In fact, you don't even need a shell, so even platforms like MacOS (traditional) can use it fairly easily. This is not a problem with recent versions of perl because Module::Build is a core module. pure-perl :)
  • Module::Install is a package for writing installers for CPAN (or CPAN-like) distributions that are clean, simple, minimalist, act in a strictly correct manner with ExtUtils::MakeMaker. Another very unique feature is auto-install. When the module author enables auto-install for his distribution, Module::Install will search for and install any pre-requisite modules that are not installed when Makefile.PL is executed. used by Catalyst

module-starter will look for a configuration file before reading its command line parameters. The default location is $HOME/.module-starter/config but if the MODULE_STARTER_DIR environment variable is set, module-starter will look for config in that directory.

File -> New -> Perl Distribution

Will bring up a dialog box where you can select some of the parameters your new project.

  • Perl 5 Script: generates a *.pl file
  • Perl 5 Module: generates a *.pm file
  • Perl 5 Test: generates a *.t file
  • Perl 6 Script: genertes a *.pl file
  • NB. from Padre/share/templates/

Perl Distribution

    * Module Name: <your module name> note first letter should be Capitalised and :: (package identifiers) supported. You can now add multiple module names, ie: Foo::Bar, Foo::Bar::Two (csv) * Author: <your name> note this will ignore author: in ~/.module-starter/config * Email Address: <your e-mail address> note this will ignore email: in ~/.module-starter/config * Builder: select an Option note you can change the default Option, Tools => Preferences => Advanced => **builder** * License: select n Option note you can change the default Option, Tools => Preferences => Advanced => **license** * Parent Directory: <the dir you wish to build your skeleton in> Once you click **OK**, Module::Starter will create a new directory in the parent directory you selected. \\

    Tree view of Skeleton (Vanilla) Build

    ├── Changes
    ├── ignore.txt
    ├── lib
    │   └── Mail
    │       └──
    ├── Makefile.PL
    ├── MANIFEST
    ├── README
    └── t
        ├── 00.load.t
        ├── perlcritic.t
        ├── pod-coverage.t
        └── pod.t

    To Do Next

    Load appropriate *.Pl and Run => Run Script
    Skeleton             Action
    Module::Build        perl Build.PL
    Module::Install      perl Makfile.PL
    ExtUtils::MakeMaker  perl Makefile.PL


    Perl distributions and templates and running

    1. create a new Perl 5 distribution: "File" -> "New" -> "Perl Distribution ..."
    2. create an additional "hello, world" style Perl 5 module in the same namespace: "File" -> "New" -> "Perl 5 Module"
    3. use "File" -> "Save Intuition" to save the module
    4. create a test for the module: "File" -> "New" -> "Perl 5 Test"
    5. run the test: "Run" -> "Run Tests"
    6. run the test: "Run" -> "Run and Build Tests"
    7. create a new Perl 5 script that uses the module: "File" -> "New" -> "Perl 5 Script"
    8. run it: "Run" -> "Run Script"
    9. run it: "Run" -> "Run Script (Debug Info)"
    10. add an infinite loop the the script
    11. run the script and abort it using F6