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=head1 NAME

Type::Tiny::Manual::UsingWithMoose - how to use Type::Tiny with Moose

=head1 MANUAL

First read L<Type::Tiny::Manual::Moo>, L<Type::Tiny::Manual::Moo2>, and
L<Type::Tiny::Manual::Moo3>. Everything in those parts of the manual
should work exactly the same in Moose.

This part of the manual will focus on Moose-specifics.

=head2 Why Use Type::Tiny At All?

Moose does have a built-in type constraint system which is fairly
convenient to use, but there are several reasons you should consider
using Type::Tiny instead.


=item *

Type::Tiny type constraints will usually be faster than Moose built-ins.
Even without Type::Tiny::XS installed, Type::Tiny usually produces more
efficient inline code than Moose. Coercions will usually be a lot faster.

=item *

Type::Tiny provides helpful methods like C<where> and C<plus_coercions>
that allow type constraints and coercions to be easily tweaked on a
per-attribute basis.

Something like this is much harder to do with plain Moose types:

  has name => (
    is      => "ro",
    isa     => Str->plus_coercions(
      ArrayRef[Str], sub { join " ", @$_ },
    coerce  => 1,

Moose tends to encourage defining coercions globally, so if you wanted
one B<Str> attribute to be able to coerce from B<< ArrayRef[Str] >>, then
I<all> B<Str> attributes would coerce from B<< ArrayRef[Str] >>, and they'd
all do that coercion in the same way. (Even if it might make sense to
join by a space in some places, a comma in others, and a line break in

=item *

Type::Tiny provides automatic deep coercions, so if type B<Xyz> has a coercion,
the following should "just work":

  isa xyzlist => ( is => 'ro', isa => ArrayRef[Xyz], coerce => 1 );

=item *

Type::Tiny offers a wider selection of built-in types.

=item *

By using Type::Tiny, you can use the same type constraints and coercions
for attributes and method parameters, in Moose and non-Moose code.


=head2 Type::Utils

If you've used L<Moose::Util::TypeConstraints>, you may be accustomed to
using a DSL for declaring type constraints:

  use Moose::Util::TypeConstraints;
  subtype 'Natural',
    as 'Int',
    where { $_ > 0 };

There's a module called L<Type::Utils> that provides a very similar DSL for
declaring types in Type::Library-based type libraries.

  package My::Types {
    use Type::Library -base;
    use Type::Utils;
    use Types::Standard qw( Int );
    declare 'Natural',
      as Int,
      where { $_ > 0 };

Personally I prefer the more object-oriented way to declare types though.

Since Type::Library 1.012, a shortcut has been available for importing
Type::Library and Type::Utils at the same time:

  package MyType {
    use Type::Library -base, -utils;

In Moose you might also declare types like this within classes and roles too.
Unlike Moose, Type::Tiny doesn't keep types in a single global flat namespace,
so this doesn't work quite the same with Type::Utils. It still creates the
type, but it doesn't store it in any type library; the type is returned.

  package My::Class {
    use Moose;
    use Type::Utils;
    use Types::Standard qw( Int );
    my $Natural =          # store type in a variable
      declare 'Natural',
      as Int,
      where { $_ > 0 };
    has number => ( is => 'ro', isa => $Natural );

But really, isn't the object-oriented way cleaner?

  package My::Class {
    use Moose;
    use Types::Standard qw( Int );
    has number => (
      is   => 'ro',
      isa  => Int->where('$_ > 0'),

=head2 Type::Tiny and MooseX::Types

L<Types::Standard> should be a drop-in replacement for L<MooseX::Types>.
And L<Types::Common::Numeric> and L<Types::Common::String> should easily
replace L<MooseX::Types::Common::Numeric> and L<MooseX::Types::Common::String>.

That said, if you do with to use a mixture of Type::Tiny and MooseX::Types,
they should fit together pretty seamlessly.

  use Types::Standard qw( ArrayRef );
  use MooseX::Types::Common::Numeric qw( PositiveInt );
  # this should just work
  my $list_of_nums = ArrayRef[PositiveInt];
  # and this
  my $list_or_num = ArrayRef | PositiveInt;

=head2 C<< -moose >> Import Parameter

If you have read this far in the manual, you will know that this is the
usual way to import type constraints:

  use Types::Standard qw( Int );

And the C<Int> which is imported is a function that takes no arguments and
returns the B<Int> type constraint, which is a blessed object in the
L<Type::Tiny> class.

Type::Tiny mocks the L<Moose::Meta::TypeConstraint> API so well that most
Moose and MooseX code will not be able to tell the difference.

But what if you need a real Moose::Meta::TypeConstraint object?

  use Types::Standard -moose, qw( Int );

Now the C<Int> function imported will return a genuine native Moose type

This flag is mostly a throwback from when Type::Tiny native objects
I<< didn't >> directly work in Moose. In 99.9% of cases, there is no
reason to use it and plenty of reasons not to. (Moose native type
constraints don't offer helpful methods like C<plus_coercions> and

=head2 C<< moose_type >> Method

Another quick way to get a native Moose type constraint object from a
Type::Tiny object is to call the C<moose_type> method:

  use Types::Standard qw( Int );
  my $tiny_type   = Int;
  my $moose_type  = $tiny_type->moose_type;

Internally, this is what the C<< -moose >> flag makes imported functions


Here's your next step:


=item * L<Type::Tiny::Manual::UsingWithMouse>

How to use Type::Tiny with Mouse, including the advantages of Type::Tiny
over built-in type constraints, and Mouse-specific features.


=head1 AUTHOR

Toby Inkster E<lt>tobyink@cpan.orgE<gt>.


This software is copyright (c) 2013-2014, 2017-2021 by Toby Inkster.

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