NAME

Class::Accessor::PackedString - Generate accessors/constructor for object that use pack()-ed string as storage backend

VERSION

This document describes version 0.001 of Class::Accessor::PackedString (from Perl distribution Class-Accessor-PackedString), released on 2017-09-01.

SYNOPSIS

In lib/Your/Class.pm:

 package Your::Class;
 use Class::Accessor::PackedString {
     # constructor => 'new',
     accessors => {
         foo => "f",
         bar => "c",
     },
 };

In code that uses your class:

 use Your::Class;

 my $obj = Your::Class->new;
 $obj->foo(1.2);
 $obj->bar(34);

or:

 my $obj = Your::Class->new(foo => 1.2, bar => 34);

$obj is now:

 bless(do{\(my $o = pack("fc", 1.2, 34))}, "Your::Class")

To subclass, in lib/Your/Subclass.pm:

 package Your::Subclass;
 use parent 'Your::Class';
 use Class::Accessor::PackedString {
     accessors => {
         %Your::Class::HAS_PACKED,
         baz => "a8",
         qux => "a8",
     },
 };

DESCRIPTION

This module is a builder for classes that use pack()-ed string as memory storage backend. This is useful in situations where you need to create many (e.g. thousands+) objects in memory and want to reduce memory usage, because string-based objects are more space-efficient than the commonly used hash-based objects. The downsides are: 1) you have to predeclare all the attributes of your class along with their types (pack() templates); 2) you can only store data which can be pack()-ed; 3) slower speed, because unpack()-ing and re-pack()-ing are done everytime an attribute is accessed or set.

HOMEPAGE

Please visit the project's homepage at https://metacpan.org/release/Class-Accessor-PackedString.

SOURCE

Source repository is at https://github.com/perlancar/perl-Class-Accessor-PackedString.

BUGS

Please report any bugs or feature requests on the bugtracker website https://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html?Name=Class-Accessor-PackedString

When submitting a bug or request, please include a test-file or a patch to an existing test-file that illustrates the bug or desired feature.

SEE ALSO

Class::Accessor::PackedString::Set

AUTHOR

perlancar <perlancar@cpan.org>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

This software is copyright (c) 2017 by perlancar@cpan.org.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.