LaTeX::TikZ::Meta::TypeConstraint::Autocoerce - Type constraint metaclass that autoloads type coercions.


Version 0.03


    # The target class of the autocoercion (cannot be changed)
     package X;
     use Mouse;
     has 'id' => (
      is  => 'ro',
      isa => 'Int',
     use LaTeX::TikZ::Meta::TypeConstraint::Autocoerce;
     use Mouse::Util::TypeConstraints;
       name   => 'X::Autocoerce',
       target => find_type_constraint(__PACKAGE__),
       mapper => sub { join '::', __PACKAGE__, 'From', $_[1] },

    # The class that does the coercion (cannot be changed)
     package Y;
     use Mouse;
     has 'x' => (
      is      => 'ro',
      isa     => 'X::Autocoerce',
      coerce  => 1,
      handles => [ 'id' ],

    # Another class the user wants to use instead of X (cannot be changed)
     package Z;
     use Mouse;
     has 'id' => (
      is  => 'ro',
      isa => 'Num',

    # The autocoercion class, defined by the user in X/From/
     package X::From::Z;
     use Mouse::Util::TypeConstraints;
     coerce 'X::Autocoerce'
         => from 'Z'
         => via { X->new(id => int $_->id) };

    my $z = Z->new(id => 123);
    my $y = Y->new(x => $z);
    print $y->id; # 123


When a type coercion is attempted, this type constraint metaclass tries to autoload a specific module which is supposed to contain the actual coercion code. This allows you to declare types that can be replaced (through coercion) at the end user's discretion.

It only supports Mouse currently.

Note that you will need "register_type_constraint" in Mouse::Util::TypeConstraints to install this type constraint, which is only available starting Mouse 0.63.


This class inherits from Mouse::Meta::TypeConstraint.



The name of the type constraint. This must be the target of both the classes that want to use the autocoercion feature and the user defined coercions in the autoloaded classes.

This attribute is inherited from the Mouse type constraint metaclass.


A code reference that maps an object class name to the name of the package in which the coercion can be found, or undef to disable coercion for this class name. It is called with the type constraint object as first argument, followed by the class name.


A type constraint that defines into what the objects are going to be coerced. Objects satisfying this type constraint will be automatically considered as valid and will not be coerced. If it is given as a plain string, then a type constraint with the same name is searched for in the global type constraint registry.



    my $tc = LaTeX::TikZ::Meta::TypeConstraint::Autocoerce->new(
     name   => $name,
     mapper => $mapper,
     target => $target,

Constructs a type constraint object that will attempt to autocoerce objects that are not valid according to $target by loading the class returned by $mapper.



Tries to coerce $thing by first loading a class that might contain a type coercion for it.




Vincent Pit, <perl at>,

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Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-latex-tikz at, or through the web interface at I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc LaTeX::TikZ


Copyright 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015 Vincent Pit, all rights reserved.

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