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       Net::Jabber::Data - Jabber Data Library


         Net::Jabber::Data is a companion to the Net::Jabber::XDB module. It
         provides the user a simple interface to set and retrieve all
         parts of a Jabber XDB Data.


         Net::Jabber::Data differs from the other modules in that its behavior
         and available functions are based off of the XML namespace that is
         set in it.  The current list of supported namespaces is:


         For more information on what these namespaces are for, visit and browse the Jabber Programmers Guide.

         Each of these namespaces provide Net::Jabber::Data with the functions
         to access the data.  By using the AUTOLOAD function the functions for
         each namespace is used when that namespace is active.

         To access a Data object you must create an XDB object and use the
         access functions there to get to the Data.  To initialize the XDB with
         a Jabber <xdb/> you must pass it the XML::Stream hash from the
         Net::Jabber::Client module.

           my $xdb = new Net::Jabber::XDB(%hash);

         There has been a change from the old way of handling the callbacks.
         You no longer have to do the above yourself, a Net::Jabber::XDB
         object is passed to the callback function for the message.  Also,
         the first argument to the callback functions is the session ID from
         XML::Streams.  There are some cases where you might want this
         information, like if you created a Client that connects to two servers
         at once, or for writing a mini server.

           use Net::Jabber qw(Client);

           sub xdbCB {
             my ($sid,$XDB) = @_;
             my $data = $XDB->GetData();

         You now have access to all of the retrieval functions available for
         that namespace.

         To create a new xdb to send to the server:

           use Net::Jabber;

           my $xdb = new Net::Jabber::XDB();
           $data = $xdb->NewData("jabber:iq:auth");

         Now you can call the creation functions for the Data as defined in the
         proper namespaces.  See below for the general <data/> functions, and
         in each data module for those functions.

         For more information about the array format being passed to the
         CallBack please read the Net::Jabber::Client documentation.


   Retrieval functions
         GetXMLNS() - returns a string with the namespace of the data that
                      the <xdb/> contains.

                      $xmlns  = $XDB->GetXMLNS();

         GetData() - since the behavior of this module depends on the
                      namespace, a Data object may contain Data objects.
                      This helps to leverage code reuse by making children
                      behave in the same manner.  More than likely this
                      function will never be called.

                      @data = GetData()

   Creation functions
         SetXMLNS(string) - sets the xmlns of the <data/> to the string.


       In an effort to make maintaining this document easier, I am not going to go into full
       detail on each of these functions.  Rather I will present the functions in a list with a
       type in the first column to show what they return, or take as arguments.  Here is the list
       of types I will use:

         string  - just a string
         array   - array of strings
         flag    - this means that the specified child exists in the
                   XML <child/> and acts like a flag.  get will return
                   0 or 1.
         JID     - either a string or Net::Jabber::JID object.
         objects - creates new objects, or returns an array of
         special - this is a special case kind of function.  Usually
                   just by calling Set() with no arguments it will
                   default the value to a special value, like OS or time.
                   Sometimes it will modify the value you set, like
                   in jabber:xdb:version SetVersion() the function
                   adds on the Net::Jabber version to the string
                   just for advertisement purposes. =)
         master  - this desribes a function that behaves like the
                   SetMessage() function in Net::Jabber::Message.
                   It takes a hash and sets all of the values defined,
                   and the Set returns a hash with the values that
                   are defined in the object.


         Type     Get               Set               Defined
         =======  ================  ================  ==================


         Type     Get               Set               Defined
         =======  ================  ================  ==================


         Type     Get               Set               Defined
         =======  ================  ================  ==================


         Type     Get               Set               Defined
         =======  ================  ================  ==================


         Type     Get               Set               Defined
         =======  ================  ================  ==================


         Part of the flexability of this module is that you can define your own
         namespace.  For more information on this topic, please read the
         Net::Jabber::Namespaces man page.


       By Ryan Eatmon in May of 2001 for


       This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.