[Catalyst] Project Name

Matt S Trout dbix-class at trout.me.uk
Wed May 10 01:22:21 CEST 2006

Nathan Kurz wrote:
> On Wed, May 03, 2006 at 07:42:59AM -0500, Bryan Roach wrote:
>> I have a little question that's been bothering me. Why is it that the
>> name of a Catalyst project is used repeatedly? Many file names and
>> folder names include the project name, and every .pm file uses the
>> project name one or more times. If I ever want to rename a project,
>> it's going to be rather tedious. And if I want to copy a Model (for
>> example) from one project to another, I'd have to edit each file to
>> update the project name in multiple places. This isn't a huge deal,
>> but it would be nice to understand the reasoning behind it.
> I thought this was a great question, and though there were some
> responses, they didn't really deal with the problem head on: how does
> one design Catalyst modules that can be reused without hand-editing?
> The best solution I can come up with is just to avoid specific names:
> name all projects "App" and avoid package naming conflicts by
> presuming that everything will be run out of a local directory.

I've always found using a generic namespace for generic components and 
then just creating an empty subclass of them works fine.

This is no different from how things like C::V::TT and 
C::M::DBIC::Schema et. al. work.

> Is there a better solution?  To make the question more concrete,
> presume (as I am) that I'm writing a simple signup/registration to be
> used as a sample app and base for others.  How should I structure it?
> Ideally, I'd like it to be possible for people to untar it, test it,
> customize a configuration file to match their project name, and then
> start adding controllers without renaming and searching-and-replacing.

The above technique is good, really. Also means the generic stuff can be 
in a separate distribution to the apps using it, so you can release 
bugfixes to the generic stuff without people needing to copy stuff into 
their app tree etc.

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