[Catalyst] A Catalyst::Plugin::Session Alternative: Web::Starch

Hartmaier Alexander alexander.hartmaier at t-systems.at
Thu Jul 9 14:13:14 GMT 2015

Hi Aran,
did you look at Plack::Session if you want something decoupled from Catalyst?
I haven't used it so far as I don't require sessions that are shared with non-Catalyst stuff but it might be a better base for a futureproof session module.

On 2015-07-09 02:17, Aran Deltac wrote:
Hey guys,

I've been working on a project which is a (mostly) drop in replacement for Catalyst::Plugin::Session.  Here are the GitHub repos:


The manual is a good place to start:


I'm using this @work and will be deploying it to production, replacing Catalyst::Plugin::Session, sometime next week if all goes well this week.

I've not put these modules on CPAN yet as I'd love some feedback before I do so.  I want to make sure the module names, the interfaces, and just the entire design are acceptable to people.  I want this to be a real step forward.

@work we've made extensive use of Catalyst::Plugin::Sesssion for years now, and related modules such as Catalyst::Plugin::Authentication.  So far everything has "just worked" when I replaced Catalyst::Plugin::Session with Catalyst::Plugin::Starch.

Why do this?

  *   Catalyst::Plugin::Session (C:P:S) is slower in NYTProf reports than I would expect it to be.
  *   C:P:S is tied into Catalyst.  This is unnecessary.  Catalyst should be used to glue things together, not as a platform to build whole technologies on.  By decoupling sessions from Catalyst many wins can be had in reusability and unit testing (etc?).
  *   C:P:S can be difficult and messy to extend.  This is partly due to how Catalyst plugins work, but also due to the design of C:P:S.


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