[Catalyst] FormHandler -- pro or con?

Sir Robert Burbridge rburbrid at cisco.com
Tue Nov 30 16:55:51 GMT 2010

On 11/30/2010 10:34 AM, will trillich wrote:
> Anybody else *dissing* FormHandler? We've started developing based on =

> FormHandler lately and haven't had troubles... yet?
> On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 5:26 AM, Shlomi Fish <shlomif at iglu.org.il =

> <mailto:shlomif at iglu.org.il>> wrote:
>     I can recommend *against* HTML-FormHandler.
>     For my day job's Perl and Catalyst project, we initially decided
>     to go with
>     HTML-FormHandler, only to discover it was buggy, quirky and had
>     severe memory
>     leaks. We ended up doing many workarounds and recently made a
>     transition from
>     it to HTML-FormFu, which while by no means perfect, is much saner.
>     My co-worker "nothingmuch" who has done many of the workarounds
>     can provide
>     further comments on it. Recently I had to over-ride a role in the
>     login form
>     (for which we need to use HTML-FormHandler due to
>     CatalystX::SimpleLogin) that
>     will accept an empty string as the 'action=3D""' attribute because
>     it only
>     placed true values of the attribute there, which ruled out empty
>     strings. But
>     I recall many other fun hours debugging HTML-FormHandler.
>     Stay away if you can.
>     Regards,
>            Shlomi Fish


HTML::FormHandler has been working with no problems at all for us.  The =

structure isn't very intuitive to me, so I had some trouble making it do =

what I wanted in the beginning.  Once I understood the paradigms, all =

the troubles I was having dropped away.  To mitigate the awkwardness I =

felt about the API, use a pure-module approach (every form is a separate =

package/module, that inherits from a base form that's all rigged up the =

way I want it, along with a few really helpful roles that I drop in on =

forms here and there to do common stuff.  Those two "tricks" went a long =

way towards making HFH intuitive to me; now I can throw together a new =

form in 2 minutes and toss in a couple of roles to make it play nicely =

with jQuery (and jQuery-UI) and DBIC.  Pretty plug-n-play.

All in all, I like it.


Note:  The above isn't a criticism of HFH; it's just an observation that =

the author and I have different approaches to some things =3D)
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