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       Titanium - A strong, lightweight web application framework


         # In ""...
         package WebApp;
         use base 'Titanium';

         sub setup {
               my $c = shift;

         sub form_display {
               my $c = shift;
               my $errs = shift;

               my $t = $c->load_tmpl;
               $t->param($errs) if $errs;
               return $t->output;
         sub form_process {
              my $c = shift;

              # Validate the form against a profile. If it fails validation, re-display
              # the form for the user with their data pre-filled and the errors highlighted.
              my ($results, $err_page) = $c->check_rm('form_display','_form_profile');
              return $err_page if $err_page;

              return $c->forward('form_success');

         # Return a Data::FormValidator profile
         sub _form_profile {
           my $c = shift;
           return {
               required => 'email',

         sub form_success { ... }


         ### In "webapp.cgi"...
         use WebApp;
         my $c = WebApp->new();

       Inside the run modes, the following methods are available:

           $c->query;                               # A query object. by default.
           $c->redirect('');    # Basic redirection
           $c->dbh;                                 # DBI database handle
           $c->session();                           # A CGI::Session object
           $c->check_rm;                            # Form validation with Data::FormValidator
           $c->cfg('root_uri');                     # Config file access (YAML, Perl or INI formats)
           $c->fill_form;                           # Form filling with HTML::FillInForm
           $c->error( title => '..', msg => '..' ); # Easy error page generation
           $c->stream_file($file);                  # file streaming
           $c->log;                                 # A Log::Dispatch object

   Development and Testing
       Easily setup the project skeleton using the bundled cgiapp-starter script.

       In development you can turn on a debugging screen and a developer pop-up to quickly catch
       code, html and performance issues, thanks to CGI::Application::Plugin::DebugScreen and

       For automated testing, Test::WWW::Mechanize::CGIApp is bundled, allowing you to
       functionally test your web application without involving a full web server.  If you'd
       rather test against full web server, Test::WWW::Mechanize is there, too.

   Dispatching with Clean URIs
       Modern web frameworks dispense with cruft in URIs. Instead of:


       A clean URI to describe the same resource might be:


       The process of mapping these URIs to run modes is called dispatching and is handled by
       CGI::Application::Dispatch. It comes with a default dispatch table that automatically
       creates URLs in this pattern for you:


       There's plenty of flexibility to design your own URIs if you'd like.

Elements of Titanium

       * Titanium is solid and mature. While it has a new name, the reality is that Titanium is
       simply a more user-friendly packaging of the mature CGI::Application framework and some
       useful plugins. These packages have already been refined and vetted.  The seed framework
       was first released in 2000 and by 2005 was mature.  Titanium contains no real code of its
       own, and there is no intention to do so in the future. Instead, we may select other mature
       plugins to include in the future.  Other "Titanium alloys" in the "Titanium::Alloy::" name
       space may also come to exist, following the same philosophy, but choosing to bundle a
       different combination of plugins.

       * Titanium is lightweight. Titanium has a very light core and the plugins it uses employ
       lazy-loading whenever possible. That means that while we have built-in database plugin, we
       don't have to load DBI or make a database connection until you actually use the database
       connection. Titanium runs well in a plain CGI environment and provides excellent
       performance in a persistent environment such as FastCGI or mod_perl. Titanium apps are
       compatible with the dozens of published plugins for CGI::Application, so you can add
       additional features as your needs evolve.


       It is intended that your Application Module will be implemented as a sub-class of
       Titanium. This is done simply as follows:

           package My::App;
           use base 'Titanium';

       Notation and Conventions

       For the purpose of this document, we will refer to the following conventions:
  : The Perl module which implements your Application Module class.
         WebApp     : Your Application Module class; a sub-class of Titanium.
         webapp.cgi : The Instance Script which implements your Application Module.
         $c         : Used in instance methods to pass around the
                      current object. (Sometimes referred as "$self" in other projects.)
                      Think of the "$c" as short for "controller".

   Script/Dispatching Methods
       By inheriting from Titanium you have access to a number of built-in methods.  The
       following are those which are expected to be called from your Instance Script or through
       your CGI::Application::Dispatch dispatcher.


       The new() method is the constructor for a Titanium.  It returns a blessed reference to
       your Application Module class.  Optionally, new() may take a set of parameters as key =>
       value pairs:

           my $c = WebApp->new(
                       TMPL_PATH => 'App/',
                       PARAMS => {
                               'custom_thing_1' => 'some val',
                               'another_custom_thing' => [qw/123 456/]

       This method may take some specific parameters:

       TMPL_PATH - This optional parameter defines a path to a directory of templates.  This is
       used by the load_tmpl() method (specified below), and may also be used for the same
       purpose by other template plugins.  This run-time parameter allows you to further
       encapsulate instantiating templates, providing potential for more re-usability.  It can be
       either a scalar or an array reference of multiple paths.

       QUERY - This optional parameter allows you to specify an already-created CGI query object.
       Under normal use, Titanium will instantiate its own query object.  Under certain
       conditions, it might be useful to be able to use one which has already been created.

       PARAMS - This parameter, if used, allows you to set a number of custom parameters at run-
       time.  By passing in different values in different instance scripts which use the same
       application module you can achieve a higher level of re-usability.  For instance, imagine
       an application module, "".  The application takes the contents of a HTML form
       and emails it to a specified recipient.  You could have multiple instance scripts
       throughout your site which all use this "" module, but which set different
       recipients or different forms.

       One common use of instance scripts is to provide a path to a config file.  This design
       allows you to define project wide configuration objects used by many several instance
       scripts. There are several plugins which simplify the syntax for this and provide lazy
       loading. Here's an example using CGI::Application::Plugin::ConfigAuto, which uses
       Config::Auto to support many configuration file formats.

        my $app = WebApp->new(PARAMS => { cfg_file => '' });

        # Later in your app:
        my %cfg = $c->cfg()
        # or ... $c->cfg('HTML_ROOT_DIR');

       See the list of of plugins below for more config file integration solutions.


       The run() method is called upon your Application Module object, from your Instance Script.
       When called, it executes the functionality in your Application Module.

           my $c = WebApp->new;

       This method determines the application state by looking at the dispatch table, as
       described in CGI::Application::Dispatch.

       Once the mode has been determined, run() looks at the hash stored in run_modes() and finds
       the subroutine which is tied to a specific hash key.  If found, the function is called and
       the data returned is print()'ed to STDOUT and to the browser.  If the specified mode is
       not found in the run_modes() table, run() will croak(). This 'death' can possibly be
       captured and handled using "error_mode()", described below.

   Essential Method to Override
       Titanium implements some methods which are expected to be overridden by implementing them
       in your sub-class module.  One of these is essential to do:


       This method is called by the inherited new() constructor method.  The setup() method
       should be used to define the following property/methods:

           start_mode() - string containing the default run mode.
           run_modes()  - hash table containing mode => function mappings.

           error_mode() - string containing the error mode.
           tmpl_path()  - string or array reference containing path(s) to template directories.

       Your setup() method may call any of the instance methods of your application.  This
       function is a good place to define properties specific to your application via the
       $c->param() method.

       Your setup() method might be implemented something like this:

               sub setup {
                       my $c = shift;

   Essential Application Methods
       The following methods are inherited from Titanium, and are available to be called by your
       application within your Application Module. They are called essential because you will use
       all are most of them to get any application up and running.  These functions are listed in
       alphabetical order.


           my $tmpl_obj = $c->load_tmpl;
           my $tmpl_obj = $c->load_tmpl('some.html');
           my $tmpl_obj = $c->load_tmpl( \$template_content );
           my $tmpl_obj = $c->load_tmpl( FILEHANDLE );

       This method takes the name of a template file, a reference to template data or a
       FILEHANDLE and returns an HTML::Template object. If the filename is undefined or missing,
       Titanium will default to trying to use the current run mode name, plus the extension

       If you use the default template naming system, you should also use
       CGI::Application::Plugin::Forward, which simply helps to keep the current name accurate
       when you pass control from one run mode to another.

       ( For integration with other template systems and automated template names, see
       "Alternatives to load_tmpl() below. )

       When you pass in a filename, the HTML::Template->new_file() constructor is used for create
       the object.  When you pass in a reference to the template content, the
       HTML::Template->new_scalar_ref() constructor is used and when you pass in a filehandle,
       the HTML::Template->new_filehandle() constructor is used.

       Refer to HTML::Template for specific usage of HTML::Template.

       If tmpl_path() has been specified, load_tmpl() will set the HTML::Template "path" option
       to the path(s) provided.  This further assists in encapsulating template usage.

       The load_tmpl() method will pass any extra parameters sent to it directly to
       HTML::Template->new_file() (or new_scalar_ref() or new_filehandle()).  This will allow the
       HTML::Template object to be further customized:

           my $tmpl_obj = $c->load_tmpl('some_other.html',
                die_on_bad_params => 0,
                cache => 1

       Note that if you want to pass extra arguments but use the default template name, you still
       need to provide a name of "undef":

           my $tmpl_obj = $c->load_tmpl(undef',
                die_on_bad_params => 0,
                cache => 1

       Alternatives to load_tmpl()

       If your application requires more specialized behavior than this, you can always replace
       it by overriding load_tmpl() by implementing your own load_tmpl() in your Titanium sub-
       class application module.

       First, you may want to check out the template related plugins.

       CGI::Application::Plugin::TT focuses just on Template Toolkit integration, and features
       pre-and-post features, singleton support and more.


           $c->param('pname', $somevalue);

       The param() method provides a facility through which you may set application instance
       properties which are accessible throughout your application.

       The param() method may be used in two basic ways.  First, you may use it to get or set the
       value of a parameter:

           $c->param('scalar_param', '123');
           my $scalar_param_values = $c->param('some_param');

       Second, when called in the context of an array, with no parameter name specified, param()
       returns an array containing all the parameters which currently exist:

           my @all_params = $c->param();

       The param() method also allows you to set a bunch of parameters at once by passing in a
       hash (or hashref):

               'key1' => 'val1',
               'key2' => 'val2',
               'key3' => 'val3',

       The param() method enables a very valuable system for customizing your applications on a
       per-instance basis.  One Application Module might be instantiated by different Instance
       Scripts.  Each Instance Script might set different values for a set of parameters.  This
       allows similar applications to share a common code-base, but behave differently.  For
       example, imagine a mail form application with a single Application Module, but multiple
       Instance Scripts.  Each Instance Script might specify a different recipient.  Another
       example would be a web bulletin boards system.  There could be multiple boards, each with
       a different topic and set of administrators.

       The new() method provides a shortcut for specifying a number of run-time parameters at
       once.  Internally, Titanium calls the param() method to set these properties.  The param()
       method is a powerful tool for greatly increasing your application's re-usability.


           my $q = $c->query();
           my $remote_user = $q->remote_user();

       This method retrieves the query object which has been created by instantiating your
       Application Module.  For details on usage of this query object, refer to CGI.  Titanium is
       built on the CGI module.  Generally speaking, you will want to become very familiar with, as you will use the query object whenever you want to interact with form data.

       When the new() method is called, a CGI query object is automatically created.  If, for
       some reason, you want to use your own CGI query object, the new() method supports passing
       in your existing query object on construction using the QUERY attribute.


           # The common usage: an arrayref of run mode names that exactly match subroutine names

          # With a hashref, use a different name or a code ref
                  'mode1' => 'some_sub_by_name',
                  'mode2' => \&some_other_sub_by_ref

       This accessor/mutator specifies a lookup table for the application states, using the
       syntax examples above. It returns the dispatch table as a hash.

       The run_modes() method may be called more than once.  Additional values passed into
       run_modes() will be added to the run modes table.  In the case that an existing run mode
       is re-defined, the new value will override the existing value.  This behavior might be
       useful for applications which are created via inheritance from another application, or
       some advanced application which modifies its own capabilities based on user input.

       The run() method uses the data in this table to send the application to the correct
       function as determined by the dispatcher, as described in CGI::Application::Dispatch.
       These functions are referred to as "run mode methods".

       The hash table set by this method is expected to contain the mode name as a key.  The
       value should be either a hard reference (a subref) to the run mode method which you want
       to be called when the application enters the specified run mode, or the name of the run
       mode method to be called:

           'mode_name_by_ref'  => \&mode_function
           'mode_name_by_name' => 'mode_function'

       The run mode method specified is expected to return a block of text (e.g.: HTML) which
       will eventually be sent back to the web browser.  The run mode method may return its block
       of text as a scalar or a scalar-ref.

       An advantage of specifying your run mode methods by name instead of by reference is that
       you can more easily create derivative applications using inheritance.  For instance, if
       you have a new application which is exactly the same as an existing application with the
       exception of one run mode, you could simply inherit from that other application and
       override the run mode method which is different.  If you specified your run mode method by
       reference, your child class would still use the function from the parent class.

       An advantage of specifying your run mode methods by reference instead of by name is
       performance.  Dereferencing a subref is faster than eval()-ing a code block.  If run-time
       performance is a critical issue, specify your run mode methods by reference and not by
       name.  The speed differences are generally small, however, so specifying by name is

       Specifying the run modes by array reference:

           $c->run_modes([ 'mode1', 'mode2', 'mode3' ]);

       Is is the same as using a hash, with keys equal to values

               'mode1' => 'mode1',
               'mode2' => 'mode2',
               'mode3' => 'mode3'

       Often, it makes good organizational sense to have your run modes map to methods of the
       same name.  The array-ref interface provides a shortcut to that behavior while reducing
       verbosity of your code.

       Note that another importance of specifying your run modes in either a hash or array-ref is
       to assure that only those Perl methods which are specifically designated may be called via
       your application.  Application environments which don't specify allowed methods and
       disallow all others are insecure, potentially opening the door to allowing execution of
       arbitrary code.  Titanium maintains a strict "default-deny" stance on all method
       invocation, thereby allowing secure applications to be built upon it.


       Your application should *NEVER* print() to STDOUT.  Using print() to send output to STDOUT
       (including HTTP headers) is exclusively the domain of the inherited run() method.
       Breaking this rule is a common source of errors.  If your program is erroneously sending
       content before your HTTP header, you are probably breaking this rule.


       If Titanium is asked to go to a run mode which doesn't exist, by default it will return an
       error page to the user, implemented like this:

         return $c->error(
           title => 'The requested page was not found.',
           msg => "(The page tried was: ".$c->get_current_runmode.")"

       See CGI::Application::Plugin::ErrorPage for more details on the built-in error page
       system.  If this is not your desired behavior for handling unknown run mode requests,
       implement your own run mode with the reserved name "AUTOLOAD":

               "AUTOLOAD" => \&catch_my_exception

       Before Titanium invokes its own error page handling it will check for the existence of a
       run mode called "AUTOLOAD".  If specified, this run mode will in invoked just like a
       regular run mode, with one exception:  It will receive, as an argument, the name of the
       run mode which invoked it:

         sub catch_my_exception {
               my $c = shift;
               my $intended_runmode = shift;

               my $output = "Looking for '$intended_runmode', but found 'AUTOLOAD' instead";
               return $output;

       This functionality could be for more sophisticated application behaviors.



       The start_mode contains the name of the mode as specified in the run_modes() table.
       Default mode is "start".  The mode key specified here will be used whenever the value of
       the CGI form parameter specified by mode_param() is not defined.  Generally, this is the
       first time your application is executed.



       This access/mutator method sets the file path to the directory (or directories) where the
       templates are stored.  It is used by load_tmpl() to find the template files, using
       HTML::Template's "path" option. To set the path you can either pass in a text scalar or an
       array reference of multiple paths.

   More Methods to override
       Several more non-essential methods are useful to declare in your application class, or in
       a project "super class" that inherits from your Titanium only to serve in turn as a base
       class for project modules. These additional methods are as follows:


       If implemented, this method is called automatically after your application runs.  It can
       be used to clean up after your operations.  A typical use of the teardown() function is to
       disconnect a database connection which was established in the setup() function, or flush
       open session data.  You could also use the teardown() method to store state information
       about the application to the server.


       If implemented, this method is called automatically right before the setup() method is
       called.  The cgiapp_init() method receives, as its parameters, all the arguments which
       were sent to the new() method.

       An example of the benefits provided by utilizing this hook is creating a custom
       "application super-class" from which which all your web applications would inherit,
       instead of directly from Titanium.

       Consider the following:

         # In
         package MySuperclass;
         use base 'Titanium';
         sub cgiapp_init {
               my $c = shift;
               # Perform some project-specific init behavior
               # such as to load settings from a database or file.

         # In
         package MyApplication;
         use base 'MySuperclass';
         sub setup { ... }
         sub teardown { ... }
         # The rest of your Titanium-based follows...

       By using Titanium and the cgiapp_init() method as illustrated, a suite of applications
       could be designed to share certain characteristics, creating cleaner code.


       If implemented, this method is called automatically right before the selected run mode
       method is called.  This method provides an optional pre-runmode hook, which permits
       functionality to be added at the point right before the run mode method is called.  The
       value of the run mode is passed into cgiapp_prerun().

       This could be used by a custom "application super-class" from which all your web
       applications would inherit, instead of Titanium.

       Consider the following:

         # In
         package MySuperclass;
         use base 'Titanium';
         sub cgiapp_prerun {
               my $c = shift;
               # Perform some project-specific init behavior
               # such as to implement run mode specific
               # authorization functions.

         # In
         package MyApplication;
         use base 'MySuperclass';
         sub setup { ... }
         sub teardown { ... }
         # The rest of your Titanium-based follows...

       It is also possible, within your cgiapp_prerun() method, to change the run mode of your
       application.  This can be done via the prerun_mode() method, which is discussed elsewhere.


       If implemented, this hook will be called after the run mode method has returned its
       output, but before HTTP headers are generated.  This will give you an opportunity to
       modify the body and headers before they are returned to the web browser.

       A typical use for this hook is pipelining the output of a CGI-Application through a series
       of "filter" processors.  For example:

         * You want to enclose the output of all your CGI-Applications in
           an HTML table in a larger page.

         * Your run modes return structured data (such as XML), which you
           want to transform using a standard mechanism (such as XSLT).

         * You want to post-process CGI-App output through another system,
           such as HTML::Mason.

         * You want to modify HTTP headers in a particular way across all
           run modes, based on particular criteria.

       The cgiapp_postrun() hook receives a reference to the output from your run mode method, in
       addition to the CGI-App object.  A typical cgiapp_postrun() method might be implemented as

         sub cgiapp_postrun {
           my $c = shift;
           my $output_ref = shift;

           # Enclose output HTML table
           my $new_output = "<table border=1>";
           $new_output .= "<tr><td> Hello, World! </td></tr>";
           $new_output .= "<tr><td>". $$output_ref ."</td></tr>";
           $new_output .= "</table>";

           # Replace old output with new output
           $$output_ref = $new_output;

       Obviously, with access to the CGI-App object you have full access to use all the methods
       normally available in a run mode.  You could, for example, use "load_tmpl()" to replace
       the static HTML in this example with HTML::Template.  You could change the HTTP headers
       (via "header_add()" ).  You could also use the objects properties to apply changes only
       under certain circumstance, such as a in only certain run modes, and when a "param()" is a
       particular value.


        my $q = $c->cgiapp_get_query;

       Override this method to retrieve the query object if you wish to use a different query
       interface instead of is only loaded to provided query object is only loaded if it used on a given

       If you can use an alternative to, it needs to have some compatibility with the API. For normal use, just having a compatible "param" method should be sufficient.

       If use the "path_info" option to the mode_param() method, then we will call the
       "path_info()" method on the query object.

       If you use the "Dump" method in Titanium, we will call the "Dump" and "escapeHTML" methods
       on the query object.

   More Application Methods
       You can skip this section if you are just getting started.

       The following additional methods are inherited from Titanium, and are available to be
       called by your application within your Application Module.  These functions are listed in
       alphabetical order.



       If the runmode dies for whatever reason, "run() will" see if you have set a value for
       "error_mode()". If you have, "run()" will call that method as a run mode, passing $@ as
       the only parameter.

       No "error_mode" is defined by default.  The death of your "error_mode()" run mode is not
       trapped, so you can also use it to die in your own special way.

       For a complete integrated logging solution, check out


           # add or replace the 'type' header
           $c->header_add( -type => 'image/png' );

           - or -

           # add an additional cookie

       The "header_add()" method is used to add one or more headers to the outgoing response
       headers.  The parameters will eventually be passed on to the header() method, so
       refer to the CGI docs for exact usage details.

       Unlike calling "header_props()", "header_add()" will preserve any existing headers. If a
       scalar value is passed to "header_add()" it will replace the existing value for that key.

       If an array reference is passed as a value to "header_add()", values in that array ref
       will be appended to any existing values values for that key.  This is primarily useful for
       setting an additional cookie after one has already been set.



       The "header_props()" method expects a hash of HTTP header properties.
       These properties will be passed directly to's "header()" or "redirect()" methods.
       Refer to CGI for exact usage details.

       Calling header_props any arguments will clobber any existing headers that have previously

       "header_props()" return a hash of all the headers that have currently been set. It can be
       called with no arguments just to get the hash current headers back.

       To add additional headers later without clobbering the old ones, see "header_add()".


       It is through the "header_props()" and "header_add()" method that you may modify the
       outgoing HTTP headers.  This is necessary when you want to set a cookie, set the mime type
       to something other than "text/html", or perform a redirect.  Understanding this
       relationship is important if you wish to manipulate the HTTP header properly.


         return $c->redirect('');

       Redirect to another URL.


         return $c->forward('rm_name');

       Pass control to another run mode and return its output.  This is equivalent to calling
       $self->$other_runmode, except that the internal value of the current run mode is updated.
       This bookkeeping is important to load_tmpl() when called with no arguments and some other


         sub cgiapp_init  {
             my $c = shift;

             # use the same args as DBI->connect();
             $c->dbh_config($data_source, $username, $auth, \%attr);


        sub form_process {
           my $c = shift;

           my $dbh = $c->dbh;

       Easy access to a DBI database handle. The database connection is not created until the
       first call to "dbh()". See CGI::Application::Plugin::DBH for more features and details.


        # in cgiapp_init()
                 CGI_SESSION_OPTIONS => [ "driver:PostgreSQL;serializer:Storable", $self->query, {Handle=>$dbh} ],

        # in a run mode
        my $ses = $c->session->param('foo');

       Easy access to a CGI::Session object, so you can store user data between requests. The
       session is not accessed or created until the first call to session() in a given request.
       See CGI::Application::Plugin::Session for more features and details.



       Easy access to parameters loaded from a config file, which can be stored in one of several
       formats, including YAML and Pure Perl. For more features and details see


          $c->log->info('Information message');
          $c->log->debug('Debug message');

       Easy access to a Log::Dispatch logging object, allowing you to log to different locations
       with different locations of severity. By adjusting the logging level for your application,
       you make "debug" messages appear or disappear from your logs without making pervasive code
       changes. See CGI::Application::Plugin::LogDispatch for more features and details.


         my ($results, $err_page) = $c->check_rm('form_display','_form_profile');
         return $err_page if $err_page;

       Easy form validation with Data::FormValidator. If the validation fails, we'll re-display
       the form for the user with their data pre-filled and the errors highlighted. You'll have
       full control over the design of the errors with HTML and CSS in your templates, although
       we provide some intelligent defaults. See CGI::Application::Plugin::ValidateRM for
       features and details.


        # fill an HTML form with data in a hashref or from an object with with a param() method
        my $filled_html = $self->fill_form($html, $data);

        # ...or default to getting data from $self->query()
        my $filled_html = $self->fill_form($html);

       HTML::FillInForm is a useful when you want to fill in a web form with default values from
       a database table. Like many CPAN modules, you can use directly from CGI::Application
       without any special plugin. The value of this plugin is that it defaults to finding values
       through $self->query(). Besides that, it is just a bit of synatic sugar that was mostly
       created work-around weaknesses in the HTML::FillInForm 1.x interface, which were fixed
       with HTML::FillInForm 2.0 release. See CGI::Application::Plugin::FillInForm for details.


         $c->error( title => '..', msg => '..' );

       Provide quick error messages back to the user for exceptional cases. You can provide your
       own custom designed template or use the default one built-in.  See



       If your run mode is outputing an image or a spreadsheet instead of an HTML page, you may
       want to stream the output. This method takes care of the boring details of buffering,
       headers and MIME types. See CGI::Application::Plugin::Stream for details.



       The prerun_mode() method is an accessor/mutator which can be used within your
       cgiapp_prerun() method to change the run mode which is about to be executed.  For example,

         # In
         package WebApp;
         use base 'Titanium';
         sub cgiapp_prerun {
               my $c = shift;

               # Get the web user name, if any
               my $q = $c->query();
               my $user = $q->remote_user();

               # Redirect to login, if necessary
               unless ($user) {

       In this example, the web user will be forced into the "login" run mode unless they have
       already logged in.  The prerun_mode() method permits a scalar text string to be set which
       overrides whatever the run mode would otherwise be.

       The prerun_mode() method should be used in cases where you want to use Titanium's normal
       run mode switching facility, but you want to make selective changes to the mode under
       specific conditions.

       Note:  The prerun_mode() method may ONLY be called in the context of a cgiapp_prerun()
       method.  Your application will die() if you call prerun_mode() elsewhere, such as in
       setup() or a run mode method.

   Dispatching Clean URIs to run modes
       Modern web frameworks dispense with cruft in URIs, providing in clean URIs instead.
       Instead of:


       A clean URI to describe the same resource might be:


       The process of mapping these URIs to run modes is called dispatching and is handled by
       CGI::Application::Dispatch.  Dispatching is not required and is a layer you can fairly
       easily add to an application later.

   Offline website development
       You can work on your Titanium project on your desktop or laptop without installing a full-
       featured web-server like Apache. Instead, install CGI::Application::Server from CPAN.
       After a few minutes of setup, you'll have your own private application server up and

   Automated Testing
       There a couple of testing modules specifically made for Titanium.

       Test::WWW::Mechanize::CGIApp allows functional testing of a CGI::App-based project without
       starting a web server.  Test::WWW::Mechanize could be used to test the app through a real
       web server.

       Test::WWW::Selenium is similar, but uses Selenium for the testing, meaning that a local
       web-browser would be used, allowing testing of websites that contain JavaScript.

       Direct testing is also easy. Titanium will normally print the output of it's run modes
       directly to STDOUT. This can be surprised with an environment variable,
       CGI_APP_RETURN_ONLY. For example:

         $ENV{CGI_APP_RETURN_ONLY} = 1;
         $output = $c->run;
         like($output, qr/good/, "output is good");

       Examples of this style can be seen in our own test suite.


       Titanium has a plug-in architecture that is easy to use and easy to develop new plug-ins
       for.  Plugins made for CGI::Application are directly compatible. The CGI::Application
       should be referenced for those who wish to write plugins.

       Select plugins are listed below. For a current complete list, please consult CPAN:

       ·   CGI::Application::Plugin::Apache - Use Apache::* modules without interference

       ·   CGI::Application::Plugin::AutoRunmode - Automatically register runmodes

       ·   CGI::Application::Plugin::CompressGzip - Add Gzip compression

       ·   CGI::Application::Plugin::TT - Use Template::Toolkit as an alternative to

       Consult each plug-in for the exact usage syntax.


       Therese are primary resources available for those who wish to learn more about Titanium
       and discuss it with others.


       This is a community built and maintained resource that anyone is welcome to contribute to.
       It contains a number of articles of its own and links to many other Titanium related
       pages. It is currently branded as CGI::Application, but the code is the same.


       Support Mailing List

       If you have any questions, comments, bug reports or feature suggestions, post them to the
       support mailing list!  To join the mailing list, simply send a blank message to


       You can also drop by "#cgiapp" on "" with a good chance of finding some people
       involved with the project there.

       Source Code

       This project is managed using the darcs source control system ( ).
       The darcs archive is here:


       * I would like Titanium to be easier to install and get started with.  Rather than
       depending on the large CPAN dependency chain being installed, I would like an option for
       users to download the full stack of dependencies, so that you can just unpack a single
       file and go.

       * I'd like a plugin to cope with the URI-encoding that Dreamweaver does to templates that
       may just mean packing and releasing the following code as a plug-in:

         CGI::Application->add_callback('load_tmpl',sub {
               my ($c, $ht_params, $tmpl_params, $tmpl_file) = @_;

               require HTML::Template::Filter::URIdecode;
               import HTML::Template::Filter::URIdecode 'ht_uri_decode';

               # If you already have a filter defined, don't do anything.
               # If you want to add more of your own filters later, be mindful
               # about whether you add to this arrayref, or replace it.
               unless ($ht_params->{filter}) {
                       $ht_params->{filter} = [\&ht_uri_decode]


       ·   CGI::Application


       If you're interested in finding out more about Titanium, the following articles are
       available on, providing context about the underlying CGI::Application framework

           Using CGI::Application

           Rapid Website Development with CGI::Application

       Thanks to O'Reilly for publishing these articles, and for the incredible value they
       provide to the Perl community!



       Mark Stosberg, "" published the original Titanium module, while many
       another contributed to CGI::Application and the related plugins.


       Copyright (C) 2008, Mark Stosberg.

       This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of

       a) the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
       version 1, or (at your option) any later version,


       b) the "Artistic License".

       This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY;
       without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
       See either the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License for more details.