Dancer::Config::Object - Access the config via methods instead of hashrefs


version 1.3521


If strict_config is set to a true value in the configuration, the config() subroutine will return an object instead of a hashref. Instead of this:

 my $serializer = config->{serializer};
 my $username   = config->{auth}{username};

You get this:

 my $serializer = config->serializer;
 my $username   = config->auth->username;

This helps to prevent typos. If you mistype a configuration name:

 my $pass = config->auth->pass;

An exception will be thrown, tell you it can't find the method name, but listing available methods:

 Can't locate config attribute "pass".
 Available attributes: password, username

If the hash key cannot be converted into a proper method name, you can still access it via a hash reference:

 my $some_value = config->{'99_bottles'};

And call methods on it, if possible:

 my $sadness = config->{'99_more_bottles'}->last_bottle;

Hash keys pointing to hash references will in turn have those "objectified". Arrays will still be returned as array references. However, hashrefs inside of the array refs may still have their keys allowed as methods:

 my $some_value = config->some_list->[1]->host;


We use the following regular expression to determine if a hash key qualifies as a method:


Note that this means naïve (note the dots over the i) can be a method name, but unless you use utf8; to declare that your source code is UTF-8, you may have disappointing results calling config->naïve. Further, depending on your version of Perl and the software to read your config file ... well, you get the idea. We recommend sticking with ASCII identifiers if you wish your code to be portable.

Patches/suggestions welcome.


This module has been written by Alexis Sukrieh <> and others, see the AUTHORS file that comes with this distribution for details.


This module is free software and is released under the same terms as Perl itself.


Dancer and Dancer::Config.


Dancer Core Developers


This software is copyright (c) 2010 by Alexis Sukrieh.

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