[Handel] Handel 1.0 Released

Christopher H. Laco claco at chrislaco.com
Sun Jun 24 17:17:01 GMT 2007

After just over a year of development and testing, I'm pleased to
finally announce the 1.0 release of Handel. The 1.0 release has
undergone a major rewrite from the 0.3x series of releases and includes
many new features and fixes. The new features include:

DBIx::Class Support

Handel now uses DBIx::Class instead of Class::DBI as the default ORM.
Many thanks to the DBix::Class folk for all the support. Without the
flexibility that DBIx::Class provides, Handel 1.0 would be a much less

Rose::DB::Object Support

For those who prefer working with Rose instead, Handel::Storage::RDBO
1.0 has also been released.

Schema Alterations

You can now add/remove columns from/to the default classes and schema
with only a few lines of code.

Interchangable Schemas

If you already have an existing schema in your application, Handel can
now use that instead of it's own.

Abstract Storage Layer

Handel now uses an abstract storage layer for cart/order operations. The
default layer is Handel::Storage::DBIC and a Handel::Storage::RDBO layer
is also available. New storage layers may be written (XML, LDAP, SOAP,
Amazon, Google, etc) and can be used by your Handel code with almost no
code changes.

Module::Starter QuickStart

Handel now includes a Module::Starter module and scripts to quick get a
custom cart/order system up an running and deploy the schema to an
existing database.

Pre 1.0 Compat Layer

To make the conversion to 1.0 a little less painful, 1.0 includes a few
Compat modules allowing you used the old API with a new 1.0 install.

Tests, Tests, and More Tests

In addition to all of the new features and refactoring, Handel now has a
plethora of tests and a 99% test coverage. That means that the code base
is considered to be very stable and all new code has been accounted for.

The new version should be available on a CPAN mirror nearest you
shortly. As always, you can find the latest version in the Subversion
repository. If you need help, please join the mailing list or stop by
#handel at irc.perl.org.


Happy Carting!


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