package Template::Plugin::AutoDate;
use strict;
use warnings;
use parent 'DateTime';
use DateTime::Format::Flexible;

# ABSTRACT: Enhance Template Toolkit with easy access to DateTime and DateTime::Format::Flexible
our $VERSION = '0.90'; # VERSION

# The moment the user *loads* this plugin, we inject 2 vmethods into the context.
sub load {
   my ($class, $context)= @_;
   # Allow .strftime(format) to be called on any scalar that parses as a datetime
   $context->define_vmethod('scalar', 'strftime', \&_loose_strftime);

   # Create .coerce_date method to coerce things into DateTime objects
   $context->define_vmethod($_, 'coerce_date', \&_coerce_datetime)
      for qw( scalar hash array );
   return $class;

sub new {
   #my ($class, $context, @args)= @_;
   # Black magic here.  The Template::Plugin expects to create a new instance
   # of the plugin when the user says [% USE AutoDate %], but DateTime can't
   # create instances without arguments like 'year' and etc.  So, translate
   #   [% USE AutoDate %]
   # into
   #   DateTime->now
   # but translate
   #   [% USE d = AutoDate( year => 1900, month => 1, day => 1 ) %]
   # as
   #   DateTime->new( year => 1900, month => 1, day => 1 )
   # Allow user to call 'new' directly, but checking the $context param
   splice(@_, 1, 1)
      if (defined $_[1] && ref($_[1]) && ref($_[1])->can('define_vmethod'));
   # If no arguments, return "now"
   goto &DateTime::now unless @_ > 1;
   goto &DateTime::new;

sub now {
   # If called on an object, rearrange it to be called on the package
   splice(@_, 0, 1, ref $_[0]) if ref $_[0];
   goto &DateTime::now;

sub coerce { _coerce_datetime($_[1]) }

sub now_local { DateTime->now(time_zone => 'local') }

sub now_floating { DateTime->now(time_zone => 'local')->set_time_zone('floating') }

sub _coerce_datetime {
   my $thing= shift;
   return undef unless defined $thing;
   return $thing if ref $thing && ref($thing)->isa('DateTime');
   return eval { DateTime::Format::Flexible->parse_datetime($thing) };

sub _loose_strftime {
   my ($value, $format)= @_;
   $value= _coerce_datetime($value)
      unless ref $value && ref($value)->can("strftime");
   return $value? $value->strftime($format) : undef;




=encoding UTF-8

=head1 NAME

Template::Plugin::AutoDate - Enhance Template Toolkit with easy access to DateTime and DateTime::Format::Flexible


  [% USE AutoDate %]
  Yesterday was [% => 1).ymd("-") %]
  The record is from month [% AutoDate.coerce( %]
  [% USE y2k= AutoDate(year => 2000, month => 1, day => 1) %]
  [% datestring= "2016-01-01" %]
  [% datestring.strftime("%M/%d") %]
  [% datestring.coerce_date.year %]


This module allows you to access the full power of L<DateTime> from within
L<Template Toolkit|Template>.  Since you don't always have date objects in the data,
it also allows you to coerce arbitrary strings into DateTime using

When you use this plugin, it installs two vmethods into your current Template


=item coerce_date

This can be called on any scalar, and it will parse the scalar with
L<DateTime::Format::Flexible>.  It returns C<undef> if the string cannot be
parsed, allowing you to continue chaining calls on it and get TT's behavior
for undefined values.

If called on an actual DateTime object, it returns the DateTime object

=item strftime

When called on a scalar, this coerces it to a DateTime, and if defined, then
calls the L<strftime|DateTime/strftime> method on it.  This means you can now
call C<strftime> on any date field you like regardless of whether it's been
inflated to a DateTime object by your controller.


It also provides an object (which inherits from DateTime) which you can call
methods on.

=head1 METHODS

=head2 new

  [% USE AutoDate %]
  [% USE x = AutoDate(@args) %]

The first form of using the AutoDate module gives you a variable named
Autodate which is a subclass of DateTime containing the value of 'now'.
(Since it is a DateTime, you may modify its contents! so there is no
guarantee that it still holds the value of 'now'.)  The primary purpose
here is to be able to call the static class methods of DateTime, which
can be called on an object just as well as a package name.
(Template toolkit plugins do not have the option of returning a package
name, and must return a blessed object.)

In the second form, it calls the DateTime constructor with the arguments
of your choice, returning a named date object.

=head2 coerce

  [% AutoDate.coerce("January 1, 2000") %]

This class method is a shortcut to L<DateTime::Format::Flexible/parse_datetime>.
Returns undef if the date can't be parsed.

=head2 now_local

  [% AutoDate.now_local %]

Returns C<< DateTime->now(time_zone => "local") >>

=head2 now_floating

  [% AutoDate.now_floating %]

Returns C<< DateTime->now(time_zone => "local")->set_time_zone("floating") >>,
which results in a floating DateTime that contains local time.

=head1 THANKS

Thanks to L<Ellis, Partners in Management Solutions|> and
L<Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc.|> for
supporting open source, including portions of this module.

=head1 AUTHOR

Michael Conrad <>


This software is copyright (c) 2021 by IntelliTree Solutions llc.

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