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Check::ISA

NAME

Check::ISA - DWIM, correct checking of an object's class

SYNOPSIS

	use Check::ISA;

	if ( obj($foo, "SomeClass") ) {
		$foo->some_method;
	}


	# instead of one of these methods:
	UNIVERSAL::isa($foo, "SomeClass") # WRONG
	ref $obj eq "SomeClass"; # VERY WRONG
	$foo->isa("SomeClass") # May die
	local $@; eval { $foo->isa("SomeClass") } # too long

DESCRIPTION

This module provides several functions to assist in testing whether a value is an object, and if so asking about its class.

FUNCTIONS

obj $thing, [ $class ]

This function tests if $thing is an object.

If $class is provided, it also tests tests whether $thing->isa($class).

$thing is considered an object if it's blessed, or if it's a GLOB with a valid IO slot (the IO slot contains a FileHandle object which is the actual invocant). This corresponds directly to gv_fetchmethod.

obj_does $thing, [ $class_or_role ]

Just like obj but uses UNIVERSAL/DOES instead of UNIVERSAL/isa.

UNIVERSAL/DOES is just like isa, except it's use is encouraged to query about an interface, as opposed to the object structure. If DOES is not overridden by th ebject, calling it is semantically identical to calling isa.

This is probably reccomended over obj for interoperability, but can be slower on Perls before 5.10.

Note that UNIVERSAL/DOES

inv $thing, [ $class_or_role ]

Just like obj_does, but also returns true for classes.

Note that this method is slower, but is supposed to return true for any value you can call methods on (class, object, filehandle, etc).

Look into autobox if you would like to be able to call methods on all values.

obj_can $thing, $method
inv_can $thing, $method
Checks if $thing is an object or class, and calls can on $thing if appropriate.

SEE ALSO

UNIVERSAL, Params::Util, autobox, Moose, asa

VERSION CONTROL

This module is maintained using Darcs. You can get the latest version from http://nothingmuch.woobling.org/code, and use darcs send to commit changes.

AUTHOR

Yuval Kogman <nothingmuch@woobling.org>

COPYRIGHT

	Copyright (c) 2008 Yuval Kogman. All rights reserved
	This program is free software; you can redistribute
	it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.