POE::Resource - documentation for POE's internal event watchers/generators


POE::Resource - documentation for POE's internal event watchers/generators




POE manages several types of information internally. Its Resource classes are designed to manage those types of information behind tidy, encapsulated interfaces. This allows us to test them individually, as well as re-implement them in C without porting POE::Kernel all at once.

Currently every POE::Resource class is sufficiently different from the rest that there isn't much to document here. There are however similarities between them that should be noted.

While it's not currently the case, every resource should have initializer and finalizer functions.

Initializers act to link resources to POE::Kernel, usually by swapping lexically scoped variable references between Kernel.pm and each resource's source scopes.

Finalizers clean up any remaining data and also verify that each resource's subsystem was left in a consistent state.

At some future time, resources will be loaded dynamically and will need to register their initializers and finalizers with POE::Kernel. Otherwise POE::Kernel won't know which to call.

One common theme in resource implementations is that they don't need to perform much error checking, if any. Resource methods are used internally by POE::Kernel and/or APIs (programmer interfaces), so it's up to them to ensure that they're used correctly.

Resource methods follow the naming convention _data_???_activity, where ??? is an abbreviation for the type of resource it belongs to:

  POE::Resource::Events      _data_ev_initialize
  POE::Resource::FileHandles _data_handle_initialize
  POE::Resource::Signals     _data_sig_initialize

Finalizer methods end in ``_finalize''.

Finalizers return true if a resource shut down cleanly, or false if there were inconsistencies or leaks during end-of-run checking. The t/res/*.t tests rely on these return values.

We may be able to take advantage of this later by skimming POE::Kernel's namespace for initializers and finalizers automatically.


the POE::Resource::Aliases manpage, the POE::Resource::Events manpage, the POE::Resource::Extrefs manpage, the POE::Resource::FileHandles manpage, the POE::Resource::SIDs manpage, the POE::Resource::Sessions manpage, the POE::Resource::Signals manpage


This documentation, and resource specification, are incomplete. We are developing it as a rationale after the fact for practices that have developed over several months.


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 POE::Resource - documentation for POE's internal event watchers/generators