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Text::Template let's you store templates in separate files.

  • the templates can be anything, typically pure text (like email message templates) or HTML.
  • the templates can include Perl code, between 2 matching { } (you can change the delimiter if you want to.
  • you can pass variables to the template, usually in a separate package (my variables won't be passed to the template)
  • you can trap errors when filling the standard with a custom handler.

Why use Text::Template

Warning: Text::Template is the only templating module I use, so I cannot compare it with other similar modules.

  • it works just fine, I never did anything too fancy with it, but I never found a bug in it
  • it is quite powerful: you can change the delimiters, evaluate the template in a safe environment, add custom code (like common subroutines) to existing templates...
  • the documentation is very good

Why NOT use Text::Template

  • you prefer an other module

Personal Notes

Text::Template is a no-brainer, it is powerful enough to handle most needs and won't cause you any trouble. Get it now!

In reply to Text::Template by mirod

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

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  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
    <code> <a> <b> <big> <blockquote> <br /> <dd> <dl> <dt> <em> <font> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <hr /> <i> <li> <nbsp> <ol> <p> <small> <strike> <strong> <sub> <sup> <table> <td> <th> <tr> <tt> <u> <ul>
  • Snippets of code should be wrapped in <code> tags not <pre> tags. In fact, <pre> tags should generally be avoided. If they must be used, extreme care should be taken to ensure that their contents do not have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor intervention).
  • Want more info? How to link or How to display code and escape characters are good places to start.
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