Data::Grove::Parent(3)User Contributed Perl DocumentatioData::Grove::Parent(3)NAMEData::Grove::Parent - provide parent properties to Data::Grove objects
$root = $object->root;
$rootpath = $object->rootpath;
$tied = $object->add_magic([ $parent ]);
$node = Data::Grove::Parent->new($hash [, $parent]);
$node_list = Data::Grove::ParentList->new($array [, $parent]);
DESCRIPTIONData::Grove::Parent is an extension to Data::Grove that adds `"Parent"'
and `"Raw"' properties to Data::Grove objects and methods for returning
the root node of a grove, a list of nodes between and including the
root node and the current node, and a method that creates parented
Data::Grove::Parent works by creating a Perl ``tied'' object that con‐
tains a parent reference (`"Parent"') and a reference to the original
Data::Grove object (`"Raw"'). Tying-magic is used so that every time
you reference the Data::Grove::Parent object it actually references the
underlying raw object.
When you retrieve a list or a property of the Raw object,
Data::Grove::Parent automatically adds magic to the returned list or
node. This means you only call `add_magic()' once to create the first
Data::Grove::Parent object and then use the grove objects like you nor‐
The most obvious use of this is so you don't have to call a `"delete"'
method when you want to release a grove or part of a grove; since
Data::Grove and Data::Grove::Parent objects have no cyclic references,
Perl can garbage collect them normally.
A secondary use is to allow you to reuse grove or property set frag‐
ments in multiple trees. WARNING: Data::Grove currently does not pro‐
tect you from creating your own cyclic references! This could lead to
infinite loops if you don't take care to avoid them.
`"root()"' returns the root node if `$object' is a
`"Data::Grove::Parent"' object. `"rootpath()"' returns an array of
all the nodes between and including the root node and `$object'.
$tied = $object->add_magic([ $parent ])
`"add_magic()"' returns a "Data::Grove::Parent" object with
`$object' as it's `"Raw"' object. If `$parent' is given, that
becomes the tied object's parent object.
Ken MacLeod, firstname.lastname@example.org
SEE ALSOperl(1), Data::Grove(3)perl v5.8.8 2003-10-21 Data::Grove::Parent(3)