use v5.6;
use strict;
use warnings;
use Tie::Scalar;

package Tie::Wx::Widget;
our $VERSION = '1.0';
our @ISA = 'Tie::Scalar';
our $complainmethod = 'die';

sub import   { $complainmethod = 'warn_mode' if defined $_[1] and $_[1] eq 'warn'}
sub die_mode { $complainmethod = 'die'}
sub warn_mode{ $complainmethod = 'warn'}
sub complain { $complainmethod eq 'die' ? die $_[0] : warn $_[0] }

    my ($self, $widget, $store, $fetch) = @_;

    if    (not ref $widget)                        {complain("$widget isn't even a referece, has to a Wx object")}
    elsif (index($widget, '=') == -1)              {complain("$widget isn't even an object, has to a Wx object")}
    elsif (not $widget->isa('Wx::Control'))        {complain("$widget is no Wx widget")}
    elsif (not $widget->can('GetValue'))           {complain("$widget has no method: GetValue")}
    elsif (not $widget->can('SetValue'))           {complain("$widget has no method: SetValue")}
    elsif (defined $store and ref $store ne 'CODE'){complain("no coderef as STORE callback")}
    elsif (defined $fetch and ref $fetch ne 'CODE'){complain("no coderef as FETCH callback")}
    else {
        my %hash = ('w' => $widget, 'widget' => $widget);
        $hash{'store'} = $store if defined $store;
        $hash{'fetch'} = $fetch if defined $fetch;
        return bless \%hash, $self;
    return 0;
sub FETCH {
    if (exists $_[0]->{'fetch'}) { &{$_[0]->{'fetch'}}( $_[0]->{'w'} ) }
    else                         { return $_[0]->{'w'}->GetValue       }
sub STORE { 
    return 0 if ref $_[1];
    if (exists $_[0]->{'store'}) { &{$_[0]->{'store'}}( $_[0]->{'w'}, $_[1] ) }
    else                         { return $_[0]->{'w'}->SetValue( $_[1] )     }
sub UNTIE {} # to prevent crashes if called
sub DESTROY {} # to prevent crashes if called



=head1 NAME

Tie::Wx::Widget - get and set main value of a Wx widget with less syntax and more magic


    use Tie::Wx::Widget;

    tie $tiedwidget, Tie::Wx::Widget, $widget;

    $tiedwidget = 7;       # instead of $widgetref->SetValue(7);

    say $tiedwidget;       # instead of say $widgetref->GetValue;

    untie $tiedwidget;     # now $tiedwidget is a normal scalar again (not required)


Often are the widget values coupled with each other. For instance in
L<App::Spirograph> is a slider, which max value is the value of another slider.
Once you know this, why keep track of it and change the range by hand 
any given time?

    tie $tslider, Tie::Wx::Widget, $slider, 
        sub { $[0]->SetValue($[1]); $subslider->SetRange(1, $[1]) };

The first parameter to the callback is always the Wx object reference,
the assign-callback gets also a second with the assigned value.
Own callbacks replace the the ones, generated by default.

The complete parameter list is is:

    tie $tw, Tie::Wx::Widget, $widget, [&$do_when_assign, &$do_when_retrieve];

Yes, its also doable with events, but thats also more syntax than this.
Plus, its a different event for many widgets, why remember this?
Plus, a tied widget still gives you the freedom to change the value
under the radar. See section L</INTERNALS> for more.


Your program will C<die>, if you don't provide a proper Wx widget,
that has a GetValue and SetValue method, or the callbacks are no coderef.
Unless you init with:

    use Tie::Wx::Widget 'warn_mode';

or do later:


Then will be called C<warn> instead of C<die>. 
But you can switch anytime back with:


Wich has only effect for all variables tied afterwards.
Because if the Wx ref is not good, there will be no tying anyway.


    # how to get a reference to the Tie::Wx::Widget object ?
    $tieobject = tie $tiedwidget, Tie::Wx::Widget, $widget;
    $tieobject = tied $tiedwidget;

    # now you even can:
    # aka:
    # or do any other method on the wx object
    # works too (hides the widget)

    # doesn't do anything

=head1 BUGS

Please report any bugs or feature requests to C<bug-tie-wx-widget at>, or through
the web interface at L<>.  I will be notified, and then you'll
automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.

=head1 SUPPORT

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

    perldoc Tie::Wx::Widget

You can also look for information at:

=over 4

=item * RT: CPAN's request tracker (report bugs here)


=item * AnnoCPAN: Annotated CPAN documentation


=item * CPAN Ratings


=item * Search CPAN


=item * Source Repository: (in case you fant to fork :))




This was solely my idea before Linuxtag 2011. Started as a slide for it.

=head1 AUTHOR

Herbert Breunung, C<< <lichtkind at> >>


Copyright 2011 Herbert Breunung.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published
by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License.

See for more information.