TAP::Parser::IteratorFactory(3perl) Perl Programmers Reference Guide TAP::Parser::IteratorFactory(3perl)

TAP::Parser::IteratorFactory - Figures out which SourceHandler objects to use for a given Source

Version 3.44

use TAP::Parser::IteratorFactory;
my $factory = TAP::Parser::IteratorFactory->new({ %config });
my $iterator  = $factory->make_iterator( $filename );

This is a factory class that takes a TAP::Parser::Source and runs it through all the registered TAP::Parser::SourceHandlers to see which one should handle the source.

If you're a plugin author, you'll be interested in how to "register_handler"s, how "detect_source" works.


Creates a new factory class:

my $sf = TAP::Parser::IteratorFactory->new( $config );

$config is optional. If given, sets "config" and calls "load_handlers".


Registers a new TAP::Parser::SourceHandler with this factory.

__PACKAGE__->register_handler( $handler_class );


List of handlers that have been registered.


my $cfg = $sf->config;
$sf->config({ Perl => { %config } });

Chaining getter/setter for the configuration of the available source handlers. This is a hashref keyed on handler class whose values contain config to be passed onto the handlers during detection & creation. Class names may be fully qualified or abbreviated, eg:

# these are equivalent
$sf->config({ 'TAP::Parser::SourceHandler::Perl' => { %config } });
$sf->config({ 'Perl' => { %config } });



Loads the handler classes defined in "config". For example, given a config:

  MySourceHandler => { some => 'config' },

"load_handlers" will attempt to load the "MySourceHandler" class by looking in @INC for it in this order:


"croak"s on error.


my $iterator = $src_factory->make_iterator( $source );

Given a TAP::Parser::Source, finds the most suitable TAP::Parser::SourceHandler to use to create a TAP::Parser::Iterator (see "detect_source"). Dies on error.


Given a TAP::Parser::Source, detects what kind of source it is and returns one TAP::Parser::SourceHandler (the most confident one). Dies on error.

The detection algorithm works something like this:

for (@registered_handlers) {
  # ask them how confident they are about handling this source
  $confidence{$handler} = $handler->can_handle( $source )
# choose the most confident handler

Ties are handled by choosing the first handler.

Please see "SUBCLASSING" in TAP::Parser for a subclassing overview.

If we've done things right, you'll probably want to write a new source, rather than sub-classing this (see TAP::Parser::SourceHandler for that).

But in case you find the need to...

package MyIteratorFactory;
use strict;
use base 'TAP::Parser::IteratorFactory';
# override source detection algorithm
sub detect_source {
  my ($self, $raw_source_ref, $meta) = @_;
  # do detective work, using $meta and whatever else...

Steve Purkis

Originally ripped off from Test::Harness.

Moved out of TAP::Parser & converted to a factory class to support extensible TAP source detective work by Steve Purkis.

TAP::Object, TAP::Parser, TAP::Parser::SourceHandler, TAP::Parser::SourceHandler::File, TAP::Parser::SourceHandler::Perl, TAP::Parser::SourceHandler::RawTAP, TAP::Parser::SourceHandler::Handle, TAP::Parser::SourceHandler::Executable

2022-12-12 perl v5.36.0